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Rights Groups Speak Out Against New Social Media Questions on Visa Applications

Earlier this year, the State Department published a proposed new rule and rolled out a new set of questions and requirements regarding social media activity for all individuals applying for visas or immigrant benefits in the US through the online DS-160 and DS-260 forms. Over the past few weeks,...

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Would USCIS Ever Call to Ask You Questions?

Throughout this year, there have been several reports that people are being contacted by USCIS, ICE, or the Department of Homeland Security and being asked to provide personal information and large payments in order to avoid deportation or other issues with immigration. 

In March, USCIS...

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Know Your Rights While Traveling

With the holidays approaching, more people--both American and non-Americans--will be passing through US airports. When traveling across borders, it is important to know what to expect, and to know what your rights are if things don’t go as planned.

For many years, travelers have complained...

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USCIS Aims to Improve H-1B Filing Process

USCIS is preparing to roll out a significant change in the process for filing new H-1B petitions in 2020 in an attempt to reduce some of the uncertainty and inefficiency that the current lottery process has created.  The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily...

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USCIS Proposes Fee Increases

USCIS has announced a plan to significantly increase filing fees for nearly every type of immigration petitioner -- another step toward making legal immigration exceedingly difficult.

The majority (about 96%) of USCIS operations are funded by filing fees supplied by applicants. While it is...

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Filing Green Card Applications Online

USCIS recently announced that a new form -- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative -- can now be filed online. When filing online, petitioners can submit all required forms and supporting evidence electronically and can track their case and receive notices through their online USCIS account.

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USCIS Announces New Security-Enhanced Travel Documents

USCIS announced that as of October 24, 2019 they are beginning to produce a new travel document that will look similar to a US Passport for some lawful permanent residents (green card holder) and those with refugee or asylum status.  The new travel document is a booklet with several...

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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

USCIS announced that as of December 2, 2019, it is increasing the Premium Processing fee to $1440 from the current fee of $1410.  USCIS said that the $30 fee increase is due to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers.  Premium Processing was last increased in...

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Update on EB-5 Investor Visa Wait Times

Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting Division of the Department of Status, provided an update about the use of and projected availability of visas for the Employment-Based-5th preference (EB-5).

Overview

The EB-5 visa category is a path to an immigrant visa, or...

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Proposed Health Insurance Requirement

Last month, President Trump announced that, beginning November 3, 2019, all intending immigrants applying for visas at US consulates and embassies abroad will be required to obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the US. The intention of the new proposed policy is to suspend entry of...

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USCIS Extends TPS Status for Six Countries

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that they had reached an agreement with El Salvador and would be extending TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for Salvadorans in the US for one year. TPS is a program that provides temporary legal status and work authorization to foreigners in...

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TPS for Salvadorans Extended

On Monday, October 28th, the Trump administration granted a one year extension to TPS (Temporary Protected Status) to Salvadorans living in the US. The program has been at risk of termination since Trump became president, as he sought to reduce immigration by cancelling TPS status for...

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