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USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.

For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth […]

By |March 27th, 2020|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

USCIS Announces Flexibility in Final Signatures During COVID-19 Outbreak

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officially announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency, the office will accept all benefit forms and documents (including the Form I-129) with reproduced original signatures. This will only apply to submissions dated March 21, 2020 and onward.

A reproduced signature means that a document may be “photocopied, or […]

By |March 23rd, 2020|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on USCIS Announces Flexibility in Final Signatures During COVID-19 Outbreak

Immigration courts have increased the number of decisions and asylum denials

70% of those decisions in asylum cases were denials.

By |January 24th, 2020|Immigration Options|Comments Off on Immigration courts have increased the number of decisions and asylum denials

visa restrictions on pregnant women – take effect today, January 24

The U.S. is preparing to impose restrictions that will make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel to the U.S. on tourist visas. Though consular officers cannot ask whether a woman is or plans to become pregnant, applicants will be denied if consular officers determine they are traveling to the U.S. primarily to give birth. […]

By |January 24th, 2020|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on visa restrictions on pregnant women – take effect today, January 24

ICE has reopened long-closed deportation cases against Dreamers

ICE has sent letters to certain DACA recipients saying it will file to administratively reopen closed deportation cases against them. Many of these deportation cases were closed nearly a decade ago, and are against DACA recipients with little or no criminal record.  If are a DACA recipient or your case is reopened, we might be […]

By |December 28th, 2019|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on ICE has reopened long-closed deportation cases against Dreamers

USCIS Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Citizenship Requirement of Good Moral Character (GMC)

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an applicant for naturalization must establish GMC. Although the INA does not directly define GMC, it does describe certain acts that bar establishing GMC of an applicant. Examples of unlawful acts recognized by case law as barring GMC include, but are not limited to, the following:

bail jumping;
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By |December 20th, 2019|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on USCIS Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Citizenship Requirement of Good Moral Character (GMC)

Travel outside the United States if I have a greencard application (I-485) adjustment of status application pending

No, not without advance permission. If you depart the United States with a pending Form I-485, you have abandoned your application unless you receive permission in advance from USCIS to return to the United States (Advance Parole)

Additionally, CBP may also consider you ineligible to return to the United States as an F-1 student because your […]

By |November 25th, 2019|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on Travel outside the United States if I have a greencard application (I-485) adjustment of status application pending

Attorney General Barr recently issued two new decisions on deportation

The first decision established that two or more DUI convictions automatically disqualify an immigrant from having “good moral character.” 

The second decision decreases states’ ability to modify low-level crimes to avoid triggering immigration consequences. Modifications will now only apply to immigration proceedings if the modification was specifically because of a procedural error. 

These decision have serious consequences […]

By |November 2nd, 2019|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on Attorney General Barr recently issued two new decisions on deportation

PUBLIC CHARGE – Update

Courtesy and extracted from ILRC.ORG

The new public charge rule was published on August 14, 2019, but will not go into effect until October 15, 2019. The rule might be stopped or delayed beyond that date by courts.
The new public charge rule does not apply to any immigration applications filed before October 15, 2019.
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By |August 14th, 2019|Immigration Policies|Comments Off on PUBLIC CHARGE – Update

August 2019 Visa Bulletin is current in the F2A category

The August 2019 Visa Bulletin is current in the F2A category for all countries. The F2A category will be current until at least August 30, 2019.

In order to immigrate to the United States through a family-based petition, there is a limited number of immigrant visas (residency slots) available in what are called the “preference” categories. […]

By |August 10th, 2019|Immigration Options|Comments Off on August 2019 Visa Bulletin is current in the F2A category
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