My green card expires in 6 months. What steps do I take to renew it?

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In short, you need expert immigration legal counsel to navigate the green card renewal process, and beginning that process now, 6 months before your green card expires, is the best way to ensure against immigration green card problems.  At times the process backs up and it can take several months.  You want to give yourself plenty of time to complete the necessary green card renewal steps.

  1. Fill in form USCIS I-90. This form is available at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website. The USCIS requires the form to be filled in completely. Processing will not begin until this is done.

Note:  The I-90 form can either be filed electronically (the fee may be paid simultaneously) or you can use the U.S. Postal Service. If you would like to receive one by mail, call the form orders line at 1-800-870-3676. (You may or may not be eligible to e-file. Check their website for more information.)

  1. Pay the $450 fee for renewal.
    This should be done online with your e-filing or included with your form when mailed in. They accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards.

Note:  If you are filing on paper, pay the fee with a personal or cashier’s check or money order drawn on ad U.S, bank payable in U.S. dollars to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Do not use the initials DA or USDHS or USCIS when writing checks and do not send cash or traveler’s checks.  Send in your application and fee to the following address:
USCIS
Attention:  I-90
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036

  1. Once the payment is received, you will receive a receipt.
    On this receipt will be the address to which you send the supporting documents.  If biometrics services are required, they will send you notification of your scheduled appointment time and place.
  2. Wait for notification of receipt from the USCIS.
    This will come either in the form of an email if you filed online, or as a letter.  File this notification in your records as proof you began the process.

Note:  The USCIS will mail you a Form I-797C, or Notice of Action.  You should use this notice as evidence that you filed the application. This is the notice listing the information you need for your subsequent appointment.

  1. Attend your biometrics appointment.
    Bring your appointment letter with you in addition to photo identification.  At this appointment you will be fingerprinted and photographed for your green card.

Note:  If you need proof of documentation while the USCIS is reviewing your status, say so at your appointment.  They will stamp your passport to indicate you have filed for a new card.  It will enable you to exit the USA and also to reenter.

Call The Law Offices of Stephen M. Corby today for a private consultation with an expert immigration attorney.  One of our experienced immigration lawyers can put your mind at ease by answering any immigration green card questions you may have.

Important Questions to Ask a Potential Bail Bondsman

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When someone you love is facing legal trouble and requires the services of a bail bondsman, it’s important to choose wisely from among your options for bail bondsmen. If you end up making the wrong choice, then there could be some serious issues and delays down the road. Before you make a final decision, there are a few questions that you should ask of potential bail bondsmen. Based on the answers to these questions, you should be able to make the right choice, which can help ensure the freedom of your family member or loved one.

What Percentage Do You Charge?

In California, the fee that a bail bondsman charges is set at 10 percent of the amount of bail. When you ask this question, this is the answer that you should receive. Some bail bondsmen will try to charge you additional finance fees  or taxes, but this is not what a reputable company should do. If a potential bondsman answers this question and details information about additional fees, you may want to look elsewhere for assistance.

Will You Explain the Bail Bond Process to Me?

For a lot of people, contacting a bail bondsman is something that they only have to do once or twice in their lives. Because this happens so rarely for many people, there are some who don’t understand how the bail bond process works. If this applies to you, you’ll want to look for a bail bondsman who can explain the process to you in detail. The more that you know about how the process works, the smoother it’s going to be in the long run. When you have all of the information about the process that you need, it will be much easier for you to make a final decision.

How Long Will It Take for My Loved One to Be Released?

When undergoing the bail bonds process, one of your first thoughts is going to be about how long it will take for the process to be completed and for your loved one to be released. While it’s natural to want to know this, you should be aware that your bail bondsman only has so much control over the situation. You should be able to learn how long the process will take on the bail bondsman’s end to complete a portion of the release process, but the jail system will actually control the release of your loved one. Be wary if a bondsman is giving you false promises about when someone will be released.

If you’re ready to get the help of a bail bondsman, Bail Bonds Sacramento is here to help. Get in touch with us right away so we can refer you to an experienced bail bondsman in the area!

Texas Termite Pest Control

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You can gate your property, lock your doors, and arm your security system, but that doesn’t mean you can lock them out. What are we talking about? One of the common pests in Texas, fleas.

Fleas are one of the most notorious yard pests in Texas. They can burrow into moist soil, laying eggs and larvae. Fleas are also equipped with three pairs of legs that help them jump up to 10,000 times consecutively. With a body only one to three millimeters in length, fleas aren’t the easiest pests to find in your yard. With fleas always seeking a host to feed from, your pets are usually the first to be targeted. Fleas will leave dirt like droppings in the fur, usually found on your pet’s abdomen, tail, or head. Pets will usually indicate flea agitation by scratching, biting or licking the skin.

Don’t let their size fool you, when working in large numbers fleas can create health complications for you and your pet. Fleas have the ability to consume fifteen times their body size worth of blood. Fleas can cause anemia for dogs, especially small puppies which can be life-threatening. They tend to feed every one to two days. Fleas that have fed on rodents may also transmit diseases, including plague and murine typhus. Fleas will even feed on you if you aren’t careful.

Known for being hearty and nimble, the flea is an unwelcome guest that must be contained early or else getting rid of it can prove to be problematic. When looking for treatment it is important to understand they hide in bedding, rugs, and upholstery just to name a few common places. Citrus sprays containing limonene or linalool can be applied to rugs, carpeting and pet bedding. These places should all be cleaned thoroughly at the first sign of infestation. Vacuuming removes up to 30 percent of the larvae and up to 60 percent of flea eggs from your carpet. Remember to empty your vacuum after use because fleas can develop inside the bag. Because flea pupae are hard to kill with insecticides, an additional follow-up treatment is usually needed 7 to 10 days after the first application. When removing fleas from your pets, use a flea comb and then drop the fleas into a soapy bucket.

Don’t wait until fleas get out of hand. Begin your flea control program early for best results. Start a thorough sanitation program and check your pet for fleas regularly. Texas Termite & Pest Control serves the greater Houston area with quality Termite & Pest Control Service and Real Estate Inspections.