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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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USCIS Announces Oct. 2nd Fee Increase

USCIS has announced that they will increase filing fees for many applications as of October 2, 2020.

Following announcements that USCIS is struggling to meet operational costs due to cuts in funding and fewer applications being received (where the majority of funding generally comes from), the...

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ICE Rescinds Rule Banning International Students from Remote Education

The Trump administration has rescinded an unpopular policy announcement made last week after a lawsuit was filed by Harvard and MIT.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that foreign students on temporary F-1 and M-1 visas would not be able to remain in the US if...

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Traveling During the COVID Pandemic: What You Need to Know

How do the current travel restrictions and immigration suspensions related to COVID-19 affect my travel and immigration options? 

In general, given present public health concerns, all non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.

All non-essential international travel is strongly...

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Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Work and Other Visas Through December 2020

The Trump administration announced a new executive order temporarily banning new entries through the following visas: H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and various J-1 categories.

The executive order impacts H-1B Professionals, H-2B Workers, L-1 Intracompany Transferees, and J-1 Exchange Visitors (those in the...

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DACA Will Not Be Canceled (For Now)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cannot be ended at this time. 

Recipients and supporters of the DACA program received exciting news today. The US Supreme Court ruled DACA cannot be ended by the Trump administration in the immediate future. While the longer-term...

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