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USCIS to Recall Incorrectly Dated Green Cards

On May 14, 2018, USCIS will begin recalling approximately 8,543 Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) due to a production error. The Green Cards were for approved Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence for spouses of U.S. citizens. The cards were printed with an incorrect “Resident Since” date and mailed between February and […]

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TPS to Green Card: How Does it Work?

As a TPS holder, you are not guaranteed eligibility for legal permanent resident status. While several bills have been brought before Congress to create pathways to citizenship, none have become law yet. To stay in the United States legally after your TPS expires, you need a green card that is obtained through an Adjustment of […]

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USCIS Announces It Will Destroy Undeliverable Green Cards and EADs After 60 Days

USCIS announced that starting 4/2/18, it will destroy permanent resident cards, employment authorization cards, and travel documents returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service after 60 business days if USCIS is not contacted with the correct address. Undeliverable Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents to be Destroyed After 60 Day Starting April 2, […]

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Family Matters – Love, Support and Entrepreneurship

In recent months, the Trump administration has made wildly inaccurate claims that the family-based system allows massive numbers of extended relatives to gain immigration status, and even used a pejorative term to describe this falsehood:  “chain migration.” For example, President Trump has claimed, with no evidence, that Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the October 2017 attack in […]

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Timing is Everything in PERM

Introduction Throughout our lives, we’ve always heard the quote, “Timing is Everything.” In the practice of immigration law, we have come to learn the hard way that this is true. Knowing how that timing works is essential for the PERM process because it is important to make time work in favor of the sponsoring employer […]

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Chain-based vs Merit-based immigration

Chain migration Chain-based immigration also known as “family-based immigration” allows an individual to obtain a permanent residency (Green Card) based on his/her family relationship.  Spouses and minor children of a lawful US citizen or a legal permanent resident qualify as immediate relatives and do not need to wait for a visa number. For those individuals, there’s no […]

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CRS Provides Information on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

Jill H. Wilson, Analyst in Immigration Policy ([email protected], 7-0002) On October 31, 2017, a resident of Patterson, NJ, reportedly drove a truck onto a bicycle path in New York City, killing 8 and injuring 11. Authorities have described the incident as a terrorist attack, and the suspect has been identified as an immigrant from Uzbekistan. […]

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS). New Adjustment opportunities

Following a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, ramirez v. brown, 852 F.3d 954 (9th Cir. 2017), some people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are now eligible for adjustment of status and can obtain a green card in the USA. This decision concerns only current TPS holders. People whose TPS has expired are not […]

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Pending Asylum. Alternative options to obtain a permanent resident status

If you have a pending Asylum case, there may be another option available for you to obtain a permanent resident status. Individuals with pending affirmative Asylum applications can file for immigrant status, including employment (i.e. PERM, EB-1) or family petition. Following conditions must be met in order for a potential petitioner to be eligible: 1. […]

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EB-5 Processing Time Report (12/1/17)

USCIS Processing Time Information for the Immigrant Investor Program Office   Instructions on Using the Chart Below is a chart that shows the form number, form name and processing times for the following forms that are processed by the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO). Find the particular form number (in the left column) or form […]

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