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Biden Administration to Expedite Work Permit Applications

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Oct 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Starting in October, USCIS announced it will expedite employment authorization (EAD) applications for parolees who scheduled an appointment through the CBP One app to gain legal entrance to the United States. For those applications USCIS has stated its goal is to decrease the processing time from 90 days to 30 days.  Read our latest blog to learn if your application will be affected by this announcement.

USCIS Starts Issuing Redesigned Green Cards and Work Permits

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Mar 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed that your green card looks different from your family members’ green cards who received them in different years? It’s not commonly known, but USCIS actually redesigns green cards and work permit cards every three to five years.  USCIS recently announced its latest redesign to its green cards and EAD cards - read our latest blog to learn about the validity of your current green card and EAD card.

USCIS is Attempting to Increase Its Fees

Posted by Hugo R. Valverde, Managing Attorney, and Anna D. Colby, Attorney Social Media Marketing Manager | Feb 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has announced a planned fee increase for its petitions, and has given the general public until March 6, 2023 to submit a formal comment on this proposed new rule that would enable fee increases to take place. Read our latest blog to learn what petitions the fee increase would affect, and what you can do to save money in filing.

USCIS Reports Backlog Reduction in 2022 Report

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 05, 2023 | 0 Comments

USCIS has announced a turnaround on its terrible backlog rates - detailing in its 2022 Progress Report the ways that the federal agency has worked in the past year to reduce its enormous caseload. Read our latest blog to learn where USCIS's infamous backlog currently stands, and if the agency's new stated commitments will affect your case.

USCIS No Longer Sending Work Permit/Advanced Parole Combo Cards?

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that USCIS is woefully behind on working through immigration petitions that have been submitted to it. In another attempt to quicken employment authorization document (EAD) processing times USCIS has announced that it will stop sending out “combo cards” - an EAD card that also gave the benefit of international travel through a process called advanced parole. Read our latest blog to learn more about this announcement.

Employment Authorization Now Available for Special Immigrant Juveniles

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jun 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

More than 44,000 children in the United States are waiting to receive green cards through the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) program, but like many other immigrant visa classifications in the U.S., the wait for those with pending SIJS visa applications has been far longer than the government intended. Recognizing this wait, the U.S. just announced a way for SIJS candidates to obtain employment authorization. Read our latest blog to learn more.

USCIS Extends Employment Authorization Documents Validity for Certain Filing Categories

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Feb 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

The validity length for EAD cards depends on what kind of immigration status a person holds in the United States. For some visa holders, an EAD card only lasts for one year, which means that after about six months of holding it, the renewal process starts again. USCIS has been struggling with an EAD backlog - and now the USCIS is trying to change those statistics with its latest EAD policy alert - which announces that in the interest of “reducing the burden on both the agency and the public,” certain filing categories will be issued initial and renewal EAD cards with up to a  two year validity period.