USCIS Updates amid the Covid-19 pandemic

March 31, 2020

USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures The USCIS issued this statement on Monday: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of…

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Immigration and Related Matters

March 26, 2020

USCIS has suspended its operations until at least April 1st – including premium processing of all I-129 and I-140 petitions. Scheduled appointments and interviews are postponed and notice from USCIS should be received confirming postponement. Similarly, the U.S. State Department (DOS) has suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application appointments at all consular posts. DOS has…

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USCIS accepting reproduced signatures now

March 21, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Friday March 20, 2020 that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, they will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures. This includes the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and…

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USCIS Proposes Rule to increase Investment Thresholds for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

February 1, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is suggesting changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program which allows individuals to be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States if they make the necessary investments in a commercial enterprise in the United States and create 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified…

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New USCIS filing fees

December 9, 2016

for visa applications and petitions! The USCIS is increasing its filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions by an average of 21%. This will be the first increase since November 2010. The new fees will be effective as of December 23, 2016. Please find an overview listing the new filing fees here. Best regards…

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The final…

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Implementation of NEW USCIS Immigrant Fee

December 27, 2012

(c) photo: New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad WASHINGTON—On Feb. 1, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the…

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USCIS Begins Accepting Requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

August 17, 2012

ATTENTION:  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now accepts requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. As previously reported on our blog, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced earlier this year that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on…

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Tattoo Checks & Visas

July 30, 2012

A young man from Colorado flew to his home country Mexico for an interview because of his application for U.S. permanent residency. Seven months later he couldn’t remigrate to the United States. His visa was denied because of several tattoos on his body. Some of the tattoos are associated with dangerous Mexican gangs. He loves…

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New USCIS Multilingual Resource Center Provides Immigration Infos in Up to 22 Different Languages

July 27, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) yesterday launched its online Multilingual Resource Center, a new feature on The center provides a central location for USCIS resources in a variety of languages, to include – Haitian Creole, Polish and Vietnamese. Offering certain immigration application information in other languages helps ensure USCIS communicates across…

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