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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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Quick processing for Adjustment of Status petitions in Portland

With all the news about recent delays, problems, and new obstacles in the immigration process, we wanted to quickly share a more positive update: some Adjustment of Status cases are being processed very quickly in the Portland, OR, area.

This trend began a few months ago when we noticed...

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Visa Applicants Must Now Share Their Social Media Usernames

Without much warning, the U.S. Department of State has introduced a new set of questions to all Consular Electronic Application forms pertaining to social media presence and usage. The online DS-160 and DS-260 forms, which must be completed by all individuals hoping to apply for a visa from a...

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K-1 Fiancé(e) vs CR-1 Spousal Visa: Which is right for you?

If you’re a United States citizen and you would like to bring your non-citizen partner to the United States from another country, marriage is ultimately going to have be part of your plan.  With the K-1 Visa process, you will be married after your partner enters the United States,...

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An Ode to Portland International Airport (PDX)

In a recent study by J.D. Power regarding customer satisfaction with North American airports, Newark’s Liberty International Airport (EWR) was voted the worst “Mega Airport” in the country. This is not the first time the Newark Airport has received a very low score on such...

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Trump's New Plan is a Wake-up Call

With a national immigration system that is far from perfect and near-constant news stories telling us how broken it is, it may feel like we are already experiencing the worst case scenario, or that we are experiencing a full-on crisis in all areas of immigration.

This is, of course, not entirely...

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Paths for Physicians: Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Options

The United States needs more physicians.  This need is likely to worsen in the next decade: by 2030 the United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.  To address this shortage, the U.S. government has provided...

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Applying under the Management Consultant professional category for a TN Visa - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The TN visa category, created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), allows Canadian and Mexican professionals to enter the United States for temporary employment purposes. NAFTA lists 62 qualifying professions (contained in Appendix 1603.D.1 of NAFTA) that are able to...

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Ambassador Ronald McDonald can help replace your passport

In Austria, McDonald’s fries come with a US passport. Yes, you read that correctly: thanks to a partnership between the fast food chain and US Embassy in Vienna, Americans in Austria can receive consular assistance from within any of the country’s 194 McDonald’s. If you lose...

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Can I stay in the US after my J-1 Ends?

Many people who come into the U.S. on the Exchange Visitor Program have a great experience and decide they’d like to pursue further opportunities here.

In fact, if you’ve built great friendships and see additional excellent educational and work options available in the USA, you are...

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Dealing with RFEs for Third Party Worksites

The H-1B visa program is clearly one of the main targets of the Trump administration.  In the coming weeks, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin issuing Requests for Evidence (“RFEs”) for many of the Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B cap cases that...

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