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What is CEAC?

The Department of State is responsible for processing immigrant visa applications after USCIS approves the initial I-130 form (Petition for Alien Relative). After the I-130 has been processed and accepted, USCIS will send the approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC), an agency within...

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Judge Orders USCIS to Reinstate DACA Program

Complying with a recent federal court order, on Monday December 7, 2020, the Trump administration reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It has been an uncertain four years for DACA recipients as President Trump worked hard to prove the unconstitutionality of the...

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How (and When) to Request Congressional Assistance on your Case

Following up with USCIS, the US Department of State, and US embassies or consulates abroad is never a fun task. Phone lines are often run by robots who refuse to transfer you to a human, and it can takes weeks (or months) to receive a helpful response to an electronic inquiry or email.

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Receipt Notice Delays

AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) is reporting widespread delays for certain receipt notices from USCIS. Notices related to Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker that were filed with a USCIS...

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Good News for DACA Recipients

Since its creation in 2012 by President Obama, the DACA program for young undocumented immigrants has gone through many changes, and its legality has been a near-constant topic of debate in federal courts. This week we learned good news about the program that could allow thousands more...

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The Citizenship Test is Getting Harder

USCIS issued a Policy Alert on November 13, 2020 which describes upcoming changes to the test required to gain US citizenship. The changes will affect applicants who file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on or after December 1, 2020.

In order to be approved at the Naturalization...

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Six Key Elements of Biden’s Immigration Plan

President-elect Joe Biden will not be taking office until January 2021 but he has already provided extensive details of his plans to change the U.S. immigration system. The U.S. President is able to act quickly in certain areas and make immediate changes. However, there are quite a few areas...

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What to Do When Your EAD is Expiring But Your Case is Still Processing

If you have filed for Adjustment of Status in the US (Form I-485), you most likely also filed Form I-765 and Form I-131 to apply for a temporary work permit and travel permit while your case is processing. These applications, once approved, grant you twelve months of employment authorization and...

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The Impact of Membership in the Communist Party on Your Green Card or U.S. Citizenship

In order to become a permanent resident of the U.S., it is necessary to prove a negative: that you are not “inadmissible” to the U.S. One of the key ways a person can be inadmissible is due to membership in the communist party or another “totalitarian” political party.

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Volunteering Without Employment Authorization

If you are a visitor to the United States, or you’ve entered the country without a work visa, you might be wondering if you are allowed to volunteer without pay.  Another common scenario is when you’ve filed your application for a green card and/or Employment Authorization...

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Disclosing Traffic and Other Minor Citations on Your N-400

The Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) is the first step towards U.S. citizenship.  The application asks extensive questions about an applicant’s criminal history, including a section on “good moral character.” It can be daunting to figure out how much detail is...

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Does Filing an I-130 Establish Immigrant Intent?

When you have loved ones who live in the United States and are eligible to file for your permanent residency (green card), you might be wondering if the filing of a Petition for an Alien Relative (Form I-130) could create the difficult situation of preventing you from traveling to the U.S. to...

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