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August 2019 Visa Bulletin Current for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

While nearly all recent immigration news has pointed to extreme delays and unprecedented challenges with USCIS and the immigration system as a whole, one recent development may actually be good news for many individuals and families awaiting immigration benefits. 

According to the most...

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How to Hack the Marriage-Based Immigration Process

In an international relationship? Cool! International couples have the best stories. (Just ask Amal and George Clooney.) Unfortunately, if they hope to live permanently in the same country, they also have to prove their relationships are genuine time and time again. At every point in the...

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Does your Cat have her Passport?

Most pet owners would agree that they consider their dog or cat to be a member of their family. And just like any other member of the family, pets sometimes need to move or travel internationally. Accordingly, the European Union (EU) requires all pets to have a valid pet passport to exit the...

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What to Do if you Lose your Green Card Abroad

When you lose your green card in the US, there are steps that you can take to get it renewed or replaced. This is usually not a big deal since your Permanent Resident status remains valid and you likely will not be asked to show your card before you can get it replaced.

In contrast, if...

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What to Do When a Notice or Green Card is Returned by the Post Office

After a year and a half of waiting, you’ve finally reached the finish line: Your green card is being produced! The end is in sight and you think that you’ve made it over the final hurdle, until... your card does not arrive in the mail. You check your case status and it confirms the...

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Making Sense of the Headlines | July 23, 2019

First Judicial Oversight Hearing for “Crisis-Level” Delays

Over the past several months, senators, immigration attorneys, and many others have begun calling out USCIS for “crisis-level” delays. On July 16, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee held the first oversight...

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The Strategic Value of Knowing When to Wait for USCIS

Communicating with USCIS (or any large government agency for that matter) is a delicate art. As it becomes increasingly challenging to deal with USCIS, it is important to be strategic when reaching out, submitting inquiries, and making requests.

When you file a case with USCIS, you must balance...

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Volunteering at Citizenship Day

This past weekend, attorneys and staff from Passage Immigration Law participated in Lutheran Community Service’s annual Citizenship Day. This event provides a free clinic and legal services for Lawful Permanent Residents who are hoping to file Naturalization applications to become US...

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Making Sense of the Headlines | July 17, 2019

We’ve heard some unsettling news coming from the White House this week, including plans to overhaul the asylum process, impending raids in search of undocumented folk, and controversial remarks directed at legislators.

Third Country Asylum

The White House announced a new asylum policy on...

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How to get your Immigration Case Approved During the Trump Administration

Whether you and your significant other need to file a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, your business would like to sponsor an employee for a green card, or a family member needs a waiver, you are going to need to file an immigration petition with USCIS and you want that petition to be as strong as...

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When Should you Follow Up on a Delayed Case with USCIS?

Due to recent increases in processing times for all types of immigration petitions, it can be difficult to know when it is time to contact USCIS to make sure everything is on track with your case. While it may be tempting to call USCIS for frequent updates, it can actually be unwise to contact...

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