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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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Can you visit the US while your I-130 is pending?

When applying for a visitor visa to temporarily travel to the United States, the most important thing you must do is prove to the government that you do not have “immigrant intent.” In other words, you must prove to the US government that you do not intend to remain in the US beyond...

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Immigration Benefits of Military Families May Be Ending

The White House has announced a major change to a current program that serves to protect military families in the US. This change could affect thousands of families and attorneys nationwide are urging those who might be eligible for the program to apply now, while they still can. 

Since...

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Replacing a Misplaced or Expired Green Card

Things happen. Things get misplaced, lost, and stolen. When traveling, there is even a greater risk of this happening. No matter how careful you are, there is always a risk of losing important identity and travel documents, such as your passport or Permanent Resident Card, when you carry them...

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Travel with a Pending I-751 Petition

Summer seemed to come early in Portland this year as temperatures spiked into the high 90’s at the beginning of June. While this may have just been a late-spring tease, now that the solstice is behind us, we can officially say that summer is in full swing. This means that summer vacations...

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USCIS may transfer some cases to other jurisdictions

According to a recent policy announcement, USCIS will begin transferring some Naturalization (N-400) and Adjustment of Status (I-485) cases to different field offices for quicker processing. Due to long wait times for interview appointments at USCIS field offices in major cities, USCIS has...

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How to reschedule USCIS appointments

As we enter the warm summer months, many families, couples, and individuals are taking off on summer trips and long holiday weekends. As the summer months are notoriously busy (and always go by too fast!), we commonly encounter scheduling issues for immigration-related appointments due to travel...

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Senators Demand Answers for USCIS Delays

If you’re applying for an immigration benefit for yourself or someone you know, you’ve likely noticed by now that there have been a lot of processing delays lately. Cases of all types are taking longer than ever to be adjudicated. I-751 petitions, on average, are taking a year and a...

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