From all of us here at Karim Law Immigration Attorneys, we wish you and your loved ones a blessed Eid.
1) Scottsdale Fashion Square
Scottsdale is the shopping center of the Southwest. Scottsdale’s Fashion Square attracts both international and domestic visitors and includes retailers from Burberry, Bulgari, Cartier, CH Carolina Herrera, David Yurman, Gucci, Kate Spade new york, Microsoft, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Omega, Ted Baker London and Tory Burch. Scottsdale also includes Barneys New York, Dillards, Macys, Louis Vutton, Lin Marcus and Nordstorm.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
2) Local Grocery Stores
Sprout’s Farmers Market
One of the most highly recommended local grocery stores to shop for healthy body and mind is Sprout’s Farmers Market. Given five stars on yellowpages many local Scottsdale residents recommend the market for its for its cleanliness, easily accessible produce and its convenience.
4402 N Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Another popular grocery store to visit for all your healthy food needs is Trader Joes. Healthy, delicious, inexpensive, wine with great bargains, with a great variety in selection. One reviewer writes, “Each week holds many surprises for me and our menu...always look forward to shopping here!!”
6202 N Scottsdale Rd
If you are from the South Asian sub-continent, Bharat Bazaar is a great place to find some ethnic specific food. Friendly customer service, prices and innovative promotions make this place great to shop for all your needs.
933 E University Dr #114
Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket
OUR STORY You’re not going to find your typical neighborhood grocery store here. What you’ll discover is an experience in itself. Food enthusiasts, adventurers, chefs and families looking for authentic flavors of home will find an international supermarket that brings the culinary traditions from all over of the world under one roof.
OUR FOOD At Lee Lee International Supermarket, you’ll find a variety of goods that you never knew existed. From China to Brazil and beyond, you’ll find authentic flavors and exotic tastings from over 30 countries scattered across the world. Be adventurous. Be bold. Get inspired and add variety to your culinary adventure.
7575 W Cactus Rd, Peoria, AZ 85381
3) The Gelato Spot
Looking to cool down this summer with a small warm-up? The Gelato Spot in Scottsdale is a great place for some amazing Gelato with great variety. They have the right amount of everything. Their late hours are helpful when you want to just spend some time out and relax.
4166 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 425-8100
4) San Francisco Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale
Scottsdale Stadium is the exclusive home of the San Francisco Giants. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale this gem of a ballpark lets fans soak up the sun while checking out the amazing view of Camelback Mountain. With a capacity of 12,000, Scottsdale Stadium is one of the larger venues in the Cactus League with a feel that brings fans closer to the action than they have ever been.
Recently remodeled, Scottsdale Stadium now gives fans an easy opportunity to walk around the entire concourse to check out the newly added practice facilities, shop at one of the many Giants Dugout Stores, and sample the wide variety of concession stands.
While visiting the Valley of the Sun this Spring, be sure to plan an outing to beautiful Scottsdale Stadium to root on the San Francisco Giants.
7408 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
5) Super Bowl XLIX 2015
Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to play on February 1st 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals. This will be the second Super Bowl played in that stadium, and the third one held in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Scottsdale, Arizona is poised to be the number one vacation hot spot for all the Super Bowl goers. So if you’re in town for the Super Bowl, check out Scottsdale to have a great time!
6) Local events in the month of July
Diamondbacks vs. Tigers
Chase Field (Phoenix), times vary
Summer Concert Series:
Kierland Commons, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
July 27 & 28
Discovery Film Series: Tattoo
Scottsdale Center for the Performing
Arts, 2 p.m. (7/27) / 7 p.m. (7/28)
7) August events listed below
Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Practice Sessions
Watch the open practice sessions at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Free admission.
In 2014: July 26 - August 22
Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional baseball at Chase Field in Phoenix.
In 2014: Various dates in August
Arizona Rookie League Baseball
Minor League Baseball has 12 Rookie League teams in the Phoenix area. The season takes place in June, July and August, 56 games. There are 12 teams in the Phoenix area. You can catch a game (free admission, usually in the evening) in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, or Surprise.
In 2014: Various dates in August
Birds in the Garden
Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix at 7 a.m. This activity is included in the regular admission fee.
In 2014: Every Monday in August
Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2014: August 14
Dog Days of Summer
Glendale's annual canine celebration. Pet activities, contests, prizes, picnic. Downtown Glendale.
In 2014: August 2
Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes ofHistoric Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2014: Third Friday of the month
El Zaribah Corn Fest & Arts and Crafts Show
Food, corn for sale, craft vendors, music prizes. Free admission. Phoenix.
In 2014: August 23, 24
Science fiction and fantasy convention. Seminars, demos, gaming, LARPs, charity auction, anime room. Authors, artists, musicians. Previously known as CooperCon. Avondale.
In 2014: August 22 – 24
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2014: First Friday of the month
Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night including, nighthawks, tortoises, insects and night-blooming flowers. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2014: every Thursday and Saturday in August
Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2014: August 8
Hell City Tattoo Festival
A Phoenix tattoo convention held in central Phoenix. Get tattooed, enter tattoo competitions, attend educational seminars, visit the Heck City kids area and more.
In 2014: August 15 – 17
Dancing, singing, music, plays. An India Independence Day celebration. Phoenix.
In 2014: August 23
We will constantly updating information about events in the Scottsdale area, stay tuned.
The above information has been compiled from various website sources.
This article will briefly outline the procedure for getting lawful permanent residence status (a green card) for a spouse of a U.S. Citizen when the spouse is already legally in the United States.
Adjustment of Status refers to green card application that is submitted within the United States. It changes the status of a legally present foreign national to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).
It is critical that all supporting materials are gathered and organized prior to working on any of the forms. With AOS all the required forms, affidavits, supporting documents, photographs and DHS fees must be filed at the same time. It is therefore imperative that they are very carefully organized, all instructions followed and sufficient evidence and support is shown for all required elements.
The I-130 along with the biographical information form establishes the familial relationship. The I-485 is the petition for permanent residency. All these forms require careful and accurate completion. It is important to remember not to leave any space blank. Always use “N/A” or “None” as appropriate. Along with these forms you must include a financial affidavit and a sealed medical exam by a USCIS designated civil surgeon. You should always ask the doctor to give you a copy of the medical report before he seals it so that your lawyer can look over it to check for discrepancies. Please beware that the civil surgeon is not bound by the same rules regarding confidentiality as other doctors. It is important to prepare for the medical examination because all information given to the doctor will be relayed to the USCIS. Any miscommunications or misunderstandings even in casual dialogue can lead to serious problems at the interview stage. The last form to be filed (if you have a lawyer) is a G-28 which is a notice of entry of appearance of your attorney. This should be at the front of the packet so that the officer knows you have an attorney working for you and representing your interests.
Once the service center has processed the forms they will set an interview date at a local USCIS office. They will try to set it at the one closest to you but this may not always be the case.
The interview is the most critical part of the whole process. The USCIS does allow attorneys to attend interviews and be with the client in the same room. The job of the attorney is to make sure that the officer does not abuse his or her power or ask questions outside the scope legally allowed in an AOS interview. It is critical to prepare for the interview and each interview is different. Some questions may seem extremely personal and intrusive. The officers will go through the form to make sure there are no discrepancies and that everything matches up with what you are telling them. It is important to stay calm and collected.
Once the interview is concluded and if the officer approves the petition you will receive your green card through the mail. Welcome to America!
Should you require any assistance in your AOS or any other immigration matter please do not hesitate to call us at (480)-626-0641. We will be more than happy to assist you with all your immigration needs.
Happy Fourth of July!
Here are some famous immigrants who came to the United States and made a difference in the lives of many Americans and the rest of the world.
Have a great long weekend!
While visiting America in 1933 the Nazi party came to power in Germany and Einstein renounced his German citizenship for a second time. He chose to stay in America, accepting a position at Princeton University. One of the greatest physicists, if not the greatest, in the 20th century.
An English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete who appeared on Broadway, in vaudeville, movies, television, and on the radio. Immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. He was noted for his numerous United States Service Organizations (USO) shows entertaining American military personnel—he made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991. Throughout his long career, he was honored for this work. In 1997, the U.S. Congress declared him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces."
Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1983. Chandrasekhar is noted for his mathematical theory of black holes. Chandrasekhar studied at Presidency College in Chennai and at the University of Cambridge. Most of his career was spent at the University of Chicago. He was the nephew of Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, who was 1930 winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics. (Murthy)
An English actor, comedian, and filmmaker, who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.
An English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock group the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney he formed a song writing partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. He was granted permanent residency in the United States.
The standard of journalism was raised and credibility made the profession respectable. Pulitzer was an advocate of democracy who supported labor and exposed political corruption. Joseph was educated in Budapest. In 1864 he immigrated to the U.S. He became a writer and a publisher.
A Canadian singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor. Marketing executive, Scooter Braun first discovered Bieber through his YouTube videos in 2007. He is famous in the United and around the world as a young celebrity pop star. Moved to the United States to primarily pursue a career in entertainment and has a great number of followers.
In 1976, the little-known Belgian-born dressmaker founded Liz Claiborne Inc. with her husband and two partners. At the time, women were entering the workforce in large numbers for the first time, and Claiborne designed clothes to fit their new lifestyle. Today, the company is worth nearly $5 billion, with more than 40 brands in its fashion portfolio. (Forbes)
Maria Sharipova is a Russian professional Tennis player who as of June 9, 2014 is ranked world No. 5 by the Women's Tennis Team (WTA) and is the top Russian player. A United States Resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 32 WTA singles titles, including five Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won the year-end WTA Tour Championship in 2004. The WTA has ranked Sharapova world No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks.
A world-class immigrant athlete, Martina Navratilova , excelled in the sport of tennis. Born in Revnice, near Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1956, Navratilova defected to the United States in 1975, shortly after winning her first professional singles title in Orlando, Florida. She became a U.S. citizen in 1981. Navratilova is a former World No. 1 women’s tennis player.
M. Night. Shyamalan
An Indian-born American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots including The Sixth Sense(1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006) and The Last Airbender (2010). He is also known for filming and setting his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised.
A Dominican retired professional baseball right fielder. Sosa played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career, which spanned from 1989 to 2007. Sosa's Major League career began with the Texas Rangers in 1989. After three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Sosa became a member of the Chicago Cubs in 1992 and became one of the league's best hitters. In 1998, Sosa and Mark McGwire achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris' Home Field (Wikipedia)
Nadella was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, and given the name Nadella Satyanarayana. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Manipal Institute of Technology. He moved to the United States, where he earned an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Played a major role in cloud computing at Microsoft.
Brin was born in Moscow in August 1973 and moved to the U.S. six years later. He dropped out of a Ph.D. program at Stanford, where he met Google co-founder Larry Page, to develop a search engine out of a friend’s garage. They launched Google in 1998, taking the company public in August 2004. Since then, Google’s stock price has risen 420%. (Forbes)
Born on October 17, 1969 in Haiti, Wyclef Jean moved to New York in 1978 became known in the U.S. for his group the Fugees. Their album, The Score releases in 1996 sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and launched them into the public eye.
Yao MingBorn in China to parents that are 6ft 7in and 6ft 3in, both parents were basketball players. Yao started playing basketball at the age of nine. By ten years old, Yao was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and doctors said he would grow to be over 7 feet tall. The Houston Rockets picked Yao as their number one pick and China allowed Tao to move to the U.S.
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