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Biden Revokes Trump-era COVID-19 Visa Ban

An exciting announcement came February 24th when President Biden lifted the Trump-era ban on certain types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas (Proclamation 10014).

The ban was intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it resulted in many students, workers, and close family members of US...

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How (and When) to Ask USCIS to Expedite Your Case

USCIS wait times are long, and you may be asking: "Is there is any way to speed up this process?" Yes, in certain circumstances, there is!

Expedite requests for various USCIS forms can be made by anyone with a compelling reason that meets the specific USCIS requirements. It can be difficult to...

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USCIS Reverts Back to Previous Citizenship Test

USCIS recently announced they will be reverting back to the previous (2008) civics test for citizenship after introducing a new civics test in late 2020. Some applicants will have the option of taking the 2020 or the 2008 civics test, but beginning April 19th 2021 USCIS will only offer the 2008...

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Google Donates $250K to Cover DACA Filing Fees

Advance Parole is a process in US immigration law that allows immigrants to leave the US and re-enter lawfully. If you are a recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and have an emergent need to travel outside of the US, you may be eligible for emergency advance parole. Keep...

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Biden Administration Proposes US Citizenship Act of 2021

Thursday February 18th, Democrats in congress introduced a comprehensive immigration bill, backed by President Joe Biden that could grant status to approximately 11-million immigrants and dramatically transform US Immigration Policy.

The US Citizenship Act of 2021 establishes an 8-year path to...

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Biden Signs Immigration Executive Orders

What You Need to Know About Biden’s 3 Most Recent Immigration Executive Orders 

On February 2, 2021 President Joe Biden signed into effect three immigration executive orders that aim to create a more "fair, orderly, and humane" immigration system. These orders eliminate policies...

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Frequently Asked Questions about DACA

Now that DACA is officially back, we have compiled some FAQs to help those who are completing the process for the first time, as well as those who need to renew their application soon. In addition to our tips and instructions, USCIS has recently updated the following webpages which can be used...

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Oregonians Can Now Obtain Driver's Licenses Without Proof of Lawful Status

After a long wait from the initial drafting of the HB 2015 Equal Access to Roads Act, the bill will finally take effect starting January 1st 2021. Under this bill, individuals in the state of Oregon will not need to provide a U.S birth certificate nor a valid passport to obtain a driver's...

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Visa Suspension Extended Through March 2021

In April 2020, President Trump issued Proclamation 10014  which declared a ban on certain employment-based non-immigrant visas and some immigrant visas due to concerns relating to COVID-19. In June 2020, the administration extended the ban through Proclamation 10052 (“Suspension of...

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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.

In...

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