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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Adjustment of Status

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -

Are You Prepared? Recent U.S Immigration Law Changes that Will Impact Your Business

by BakerHostetler on

After some earlier versions that encountered significant resistance and judicial challenge, President Donald Trump issued a Proclamation on Sept. 24 that restricts travel to the United States by nationals of eight countries –...more

Insights: AOS Interviews Begin

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The USCIS has started conducting in-person interviews for all employment-based adjustment of status (AOS) applicants whose applications were filed on or after March 6, 2017. The AOS will not be approved until after a...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Abrupt Change to Advance Parole Adjudications Without Clear Policy Objective –...

A learned colleague, Rob Cohen blogged, what could be called “a cry into the wilderness” in 2014 suggesting that the regulation at 8 C.F.R.§245.23(j) be amended so that an individual who departed the United States before an...more

USCIS Policy Changes Impacting Green Card Filings

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has recently enacted two policy changes in regards to permanent residency applicants applying for Adjustment of Status (AOS). These changes impact applications for Advance Parole Travel Authorization (AP) as well as...more

Updates on Recent USCIS Changes Impacting US Businesses

by White & Case LLP on

In the last month, USCIS has issued news releases announcing two changes that directly impact US businesses. The first relates to the revisions to Form I-9, which is mandated for employers to use to establish and confirm...more

New Hurdles in Access to U.S. Immigration Benefits - UPDATE

by Mintz Levin on

Government Confirms New Guidelines -- Interview Requirement for Those Seeking Permanent Residence - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a Press Release, which confirms the implementation of a new policy...more

USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective October 1, 2017, it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applications that currently do not require...more

Department of Homeland Security Will Require In-Person Interviews at Local USCIS Field Offices for Employment-Based Lawful...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agency responsible for adjudicating immigration benefits, announced that it will begin expanding the...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Expanding Interviews

by Kirton McConkie PC on

On Monday, August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a notice explaining the expansion of in-person interviews for immigration benefit applicants. Below is USCIS’ notice....more

USCIS to Interview Most "Green Card" Applicants: Expect Delays

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced that effective October 1, 2017, applicants for “adjustment of status” (the last step in the “green card” process) based on employment sponsorship and for...more

USCIS Will Once Again Start Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

Yesterday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” it would begin requiring...more

Trump Administration Suspends Fast-Tracked H-1B Visas

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On March 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would suspend premium processing, often referred to as fast tracking, for all H-1B petitions. The suspension takes effect on April...more

Premium Processing to be Temporarily Suspended for H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As of April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Therefore petitioners will not have the option to request 15-day, premium processing on H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3,...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

by Kirton McConkie PC on

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

A megera! Petições da lei VAWA para homens – Parte I

by Gerald Nowotny on

Panorama - A Lei de Combate à Violência contra as Mulheres (VAWA) permite que imigrantes vítimas de violência solicitem status legal nos Estados Unidos sem precisar que cônjuges, pais ou filhos cidadãos americanos ou...more

La Bruja! - VAWA Petitions for Men – Part I

by Gerald Nowotny on

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows battered immigrants to petition for legal status in the United States without relying on abusive U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouses, parents or children to sponsor...more

Department of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal...more

Final Policy Memorandum Provides Needed Predictability and Guidance on Job Portability Determinations

On March 18, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final policy memorandum that offers guidance on determining whether a new job is in “the same or similar occupational classification”...more

Department of State Releases March 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Employment-based second- and third-preference China categories show significant advancement. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: Proposed Immigrant Visa Reforms (Part 3/6)

From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases,...more

Department of State Releases February 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its February 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

Adeus, Brasil - Parte 1

by Gerald Nowotny on

Considerações estratégicas para profissionais e donos de empresas que desejam imigrar para os Estados Unidos. Descrição geral - Sou um advogado americano e concluí os cursos de espanhol e português na Academia...more

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

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