Richard Link


Richard Link is currently a legal editor at the national office of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He previously practiced immigration law in Rochester, New York.

Mr. Link received his law degree in 1990 from the  University of California Davis School of Law  (King Hall), where he served as senior research editor for the  U.C. Davis Law Review  and earned the certificate in public interest law. His undergraduate degree in Language Studies was obtained at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1986.

Articles By Richard Link

Conditional Residents: How to File I-751 for Green Card After Spouse's Death
If you received a “conditional,” two-year green card after marrying a U.S. citizen, you probably know that you need to file a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; but how and when can you do so after the U.S. petitioner's death?
Made a Mistake on an Immigration Form? How to Correct It
Don't just leave a mistake uncorrected and hope for the best, or it might come back to bite you.
Can I Ask USCIS to Make a Quick Decision on My Citizenship Application?
You can ask USCIS to expedite processing of your application for naturalization, but it will expedite for certain reasons only.
Filling Out Form I-912 for an Immigration Fee Waiver
Government filing fees for immigration processing can be expensive. However, if you don’t earn much money and you don’t have a lot of assets, you can ask USCIS for a waiver.
How J-1 Visa Holder Can Get Exceptional Hardship Waiver of Two-Year Home Residency Requirement
Step-by-step guidance to obtaining a hardship-based waiver of the two-year home residency requirement in order to change or adjust status in the U.S.
When to Apply for Adjustment of Status When You’re on a Wait List
Understanding the Visa Bulletin cutoff dates in the “dates for filing” and “final action dates” charts, and when they allow you to submit your green card application and get a U.S. work permit.
How to Come to the U.S. as a College or University Exchange Student
Learn the legal ins and outs of coming to the U.S. on a J-1 visa for an exchange program.
U.S. Employers: How to Hire Students From Abroad for Seasonal Work on a J-1 Visa
Sponsor foreign college and university students for participation in work/travel programs.
Will Legal Use of Marijuana Make Applicant for Immigration Benefits Inadmissible?
If you know anything at all about U.S. law, you probably know that it comes down hard on any sort of drug use. So what does that mean for a visa applicant who’s coming from a country with more permissive laws? Let’s take a reasonably likely scenario: You lived in Amsterdam for a while and smoked
How Past Immigration or Criminal Fraud Might Lead to Future U.S. Visa Denial
Is a history of visa fraud a permanent stain on your immigration record?