COVID related travel restrictions have caused many couples to postpone wedding plans. For couples separated by international borders, many lately are wondering whether proxy marriages are valid for obtaining an immigrant visa. Read our latest blog to learn what a proxy marriage is and whether it might be the right option for you.
The Department of State just released guidance stating that certain nonimmigrant visa applicants will not have to attend an in-person interview at an embassy in 2022. This is in an attempt to reduce visa wait times for temporary work visa holders. Read our latest blog to learn which visas this new guidance applies to.
Recent USCIS guidance issued in December states that healthcare workers who have a pending EAD renewal application, and whose employment authorization will expire within 30 days or has already expired, can now request expedited processing of their EAD renewals. Read our latest blog to learn how you or your healthcare worker loved one can expedite their EAD renewal.
This month USCIS announced a new policy alert - until September 30, 2022, the government is waiving its 60-day limitation for medical evaluation signatures on Form I-693s. Read our latest blog to learn how this may affect your USCIS petition.
In Last Ditch Effort Senators Consider Overruling Parliamentarian in Bid to Enact Immigration Policy
100 people sit in the United States Senate, yet two of them hold the actual power for the latest bill that could provide a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States. The Senate Parliamentarian is the one with all the power right now, and some senators are thinking of overruling her decision. Read our latest blog to learn about this situation.
President Biden has received both support and derision for his latest pandemic decision - banning those traveling from eight sub-saharan African countries from entering the United States. Read our latest blog to find out how Biden's Order may affect you.
Due to extreme visa backlogs, thousands of families have to wait up to twenty years or more for the promise of permanency in the United States. The Biden Administration and Congress is trying to change that, but the Build Back Better Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Read our latest blog to learn more about how we hope the green card backlog will be eased.
There are many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving week, but we want to highlight a class-action lawsuit, Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas, that the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been fighting on behalf of nonimmigrant spouses here on H, L, or E visas, which just settled. Read our latest blog to learn about the outcome of this settlement.
Although the United States is known as the land of opportunity, the opportunity to work if you’re not a citizen or legal permanent resident has been significantly curbed lately. In what was previously known as a process that took about three months, the average wait time to receive an employment authorization card is now often taking longer than a year. Read our latest blog to learn about a new lawsuit challenging USCIS and DHS on the extreme delay of EAD cards.
Immigration Provisions in Build Back Better Act Provide Temporary Work Permits through Parole to Certain Immigrants
After what has felt like months of deliberating and negotiating, it looks like Congress’s Build Back Better Act is set to become law, and with it the possibility of immigration status for thousands of those who have been waiting for decades for Congressional action. The Build Back Better Act was passed by the House and is expected to be passed in the Senate by Thanksgiving, after which it just needs President Biden’s signature in order to become law. Read our latest blog to learn how this Act will hopefully provide parole and work permits to certain undocumented immigrants.
Beginning November 8, 2021, the current restrictions on entering the United States will end and new rules will take their place. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began the restrictions for entry to the U.S. have been based on which country someone was coming from. Effective November 8, there will be no more country by country restrictions - the new rules will apply to all countries. Read our latest blog to learn how these new restrictions may affect you or your loved ones.
Hong Kong Residents in the U.S. Granted Eligibility for Employment Authorization Under Deferred Enforced Departure Announcement
In the aftermath of the apparent breakdown of civil liberties in Hong Kong, the United States has joined the UK in creating a path for Hong Kong residents to be able to reside elsewhere. Read our latest blog to learn the details of President Biden's announcement that certain eligible Hong Kong residents will now join the list of nationals entitled to deferred enforced departure.
USCIS has reinstated two family reunification programs - one for Filipino World War Two veterans, and one for Haitians. Read our latest blog to learn more about these programs and if your family is eligible.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has announced a new guideline to instruct U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on the priority of removal for noncitizens. Effective November 29, 2021, the guidelines state that the enforcement of removal of undocumented noncitizens will be based on the threat the noncitizen has on public safety. Read our latest blog to learn what this means.
The Department of Homeland Security recently published a rule to allow it to resume acceptance and approval of new DACA applications. Read our latest blog to learn about how this temporary fix will provide for the currently eligible Dreamers to continue to receive DACA protection.
There is a little known process called Registry that has enabled thousands of people without records of lawful admission to obtain green cards in the U.S. Registry has been part of the immigration system for almost a century, since 1929, but has rarely been used in the last few years. Recent Congressional discussions have put registry back in the forefront of news, and have immigration advocates hoping for its inclusion in a new immigration bill. Read our latest blog to learn about this process and who it could impact.
Immigration reform suffered a setback recently when it was blocked by the Senate Parliamentarian. With an evenly split Senate, things right now are close. So close that the inclusion of immigration language in the Democrats’ Reconciliation Bill was nixed by one person. Read our latest blog to learn about this current situation with up to 8 million green cards at stake.
USCIS is scrambling to catch up with the enormous backlog of immigration petitions, and is finding ways to prioritize which petitions need their immediate attention and which can wait. For conditional permanent resident holders who filed to remove the conditions of their green card, USCIS has announced a helpful new short-term policy regarding receipt notices. Read our latest blog to learn more!
100,000 approved immigrant visas are on the verge of being wasted because the government has not been able to issue the visas prior to the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30, 2021. Read our latest blog to learn more about this situation.
Hoy 10 setiembre 2021 la agencia U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publico la regla extendiendo el TPS para El Salvador, Honduras y Nicaragua hasta el 31 diciembre 2022. Los permisos de trabajo son automáticamente extendidas y no hay que entregar una nueva aplicación para renovar...
Starting October 1, 2021, USCIS and U.S. embassies abroad will require applicants for adjustment of status, immigrant visas, or refugee status to be vaccinated against COVID. Read our latest blog to learn about what this means for you.
In 2009 the United States promised Afghan interpreters and their families the opportunity to relocate to the U.S. because of their assistance to our military during its time in Afghanistan. The chaos that has arisen since the U.S. announced its departure from Afghanistan and the rapid fall of the Afghan government has placed the safety of our Afghan allies at risk. In our latest blog we explain the protection that some Afghans have been promised from the U.S., as people try to make sense of the situation left in Afghanistan after a war that was overseen by four different American presidents’ administrations.
USCIS has worked with the Social Security Administration to allow those applying for green cards or lawful permanent resident status to simultaneously apply for social security numbers or replacement cards in their petitions. Read our latest blog to learn how to benefit from this change.
Are you an American citizen currently abroad who has been waiting for months and months for a backlogged appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate? You are not alone, and the government is trying to remedy the situation. Read our latest blog to learn about the Administration's limited exception for flying back to the U.S. on an expired passport.
The registration process has now officially opened for Haitian nationals who want to apply for (or renew) temporary protected status (TPS). Read our latest blog to learn what this means for you.