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

Who Has the Power to Change U.S. Immigration Law?
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early on that immigration regulation was an exclusive responsibility of the federal government. From time to time state and local (city or county) governments attempt to make laws that affect immigration, but they’re usually unsuccessful.
For PERM Labor Certification Purposes, on What Grounds Can Employer Reject U.S. Job Candidates Based on Resume or Interview?
When conducting a PERM recruitment for purposes of hiring an immigrant worker and sponsoring that person for a green card, an employer can reject a job applicant for legitimate job-related reasons only.
Immigrants Coming From Overseas: How to Pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee
Procedures and tips for immigrants entering the U.S. via consular processing and needing to pay the immigrant fee in order to cover production of their green card.
What Happens If I Move After Applying for U.S. Citizenship?
As long as an applicant for naturalization lives in the same state or USCIS service district for three months before applying for citizenship, USCIS will accommodate a move out of that state or service district by scheduling the interview and oath ceremony to take place near the applicant's new address.
Can I Afford to Apply for U.S. Citizenship?
Applying for U.S. citizenship could be expensive or it could be cheap--it all depends on your financial circumstances.
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.
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 to Bring Your Adopted Child to the U.S.
Children whom you adopt from overseas are not automatically entitled to enter the United States. You will need to comply with certain immigration rules to get them into the U.S. to join you. Exactly which rules you’ll need to follow depend on the country you’re adopting from and whether the child
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.
Asking USCIS for Humanitarian Reinstatement of I-130 Petition
You can request humanitarian reinstatement of a petition if it had already been approved when your relative died.