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Form I-407: Give Up Permanent Residency [2022]

August 17, 2022 - 14:23

In some situations, an individual may be motivated to abandon their legal permanent resident status. For instance, if you are moving to another country and that requires you to renounce your LPR status in the U.S. Doing so is voluntary and should be done via Form I-407. This form records the abandonment of the individual’s...

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Undocumented Immigrants Could Be Getting National I.D. Cards

August 10, 2022 - 16:50

With the rise in U.S./Mexico border crossings and undocumented immigrants arriving into the United States, the Biden Administration has proposed and plans to test a national temporary I.D. card system which would be given to those with pending cases. The pilot program for these Secure Docket Cards would essentially alleviate the issues many immigrants face...

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September 2022 Visa Bulletin: Analysis & Predictions

August 9, 2022 - 00:00

One of the most significant parts of getting a green card in the U.S. is waiting for your priority date to be current. For those that have invested the time, effort, and money into an immigrant visa, questions arise such as “How long will it take for my date to be current?” and “Can I...

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DACA Application & Requirements: The Complete Guide for Recipients

August 4, 2022 - 09:24

While the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA as it’s more commonly known, has been around for ten years, its future is still very much unknown. The program essentially grants undocumented immigrants who came here as children the ability to receive work authorization and social security cards. In this guide we’ll take a...

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Modifications for Non-Immigrant Visa Appointments in India Due to Exploitation

July 29, 2022 - 16:57

Since the pandemic began, the demand for nonimmigrant visa appointments (NIV) has outpaced the available manpower and resulted in a shortage of available slots. Certain individuals have taken advantage of this situation and booked visa appointments in bulk and then charged visa applicants seeking a time slot for their immigration needs. This type of abuse...

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Second Phase of Premium Processing Available Soon for Some I-140 Petitions

July 29, 2022 - 12:39

USCIS will soon be expanding its premium processing services available to some pending I-140 petitions in the EB1(C) multinational executive category and I-140 petitions under the  EB2 national interest waiver (NIW). This expansion is the second phase in USCIS’ effort to roll out the availability of the premium processing service. Premium Processing Expansion Background USCIS...

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The USCIS 90 Day Rule in 2022 – What Is It?

July 28, 2022 - 16:19

Depending on what type of visa you enter the United States with can impact what actions you should or shouldn’t take – especially when it comes to seeking permanent residency soon after arriving. For instance, those who are on single intent visas and rush into marriage with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident quickly upon...

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Track Your Green Card in 2022: a Complete How To Guide for Immigrants

July 26, 2022 - 15:40

A green card is a commonly used term for a permanent resident card. A green card allows the holder to work and live in the United States without restrictions. On this page, you will learn how you can track your green card, your NVC case status, and your green card status whether you applied outside...

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Ultimate Guide to Real Marriage Certificate for Immigration

July 19, 2022 - 15:34

For most people, getting married is one of the most memorable days of their lives. With so many details to manage it can be easy to overlook two of the most important parts — obtaining the marriage license and then marriage certificate. The marriage license is what precedes the marriage certificate (received post matrimony). In...

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Step-by-Step Complete Guide to Form I-485

July 12, 2022 - 13:16

Form I-485 is used in marriage green card cases and the family-based green card process as a way to apply to register for permanent residency or adjust your status. It comes subsequent to submitting Form 1-130 (Petition for Alien Relative). This guide will explore step-by-step how to complete Form I-485, required documents, and procedures. If you’re...

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Supreme Court Rules to Terminate Trump Era Remain in Mexico Program

July 1, 2022 - 16:02

In a 5-4 ruling on June 30th, the Supreme Court decided that the Biden administration has the right to revoke the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program which required asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while USCIS processed their cases. The ruling comes in response to Texas and Missouri’s assertions that the Biden administration was violating a...

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Courthouse Wedding for Immigration: Step-by-Step Guide

June 30, 2022 - 13:34

Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage and life together as a couple! A courthouse wedding, sometimes referred to as a civil ceremony or union, is often a preferred option for immigrant couples as well as domestic couples for a number of reasons. A courthouse wedding is generally faster to plan and more simple than a traditional...

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What is Form I-131: Complete 2022 Guide

June 22, 2022 - 13:33

Planning to travel internationally soon? If you’re a non-citizen, a refugee, or CNMI long-term resident there are some steps you need to take to protect your status before you depart the U.S. Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, serves a number of purposes including to apply for a reentry permit, refugee travel document, and advance...

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USCIS Releases 22 New Fact Sheets for those Eligible to Naturalize

June 15, 2022 - 13:08

In late May, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out 22 new fact sheets on the naturalization process in an attempt by the Biden Administration to encourage eligible individuals to undergo the naturalization process. USCIS conducted research on the green card populations in select cities (Florida, Indiana, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, South...

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Key Documents For Every H1B Employer to Save in their Public Access File

June 13, 2022 - 15:14

All organizations in the United States that have H1B employees are required to maintain certain records for each worker in what is known as a public access file (PAF) for the purpose of public inspection and to meet H-1B laws. Without public access files maintained, a company sets itself up for serious penalties if there...

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Complete Guide to the Child Status Protection Act

June 7, 2022 - 17:44

The immigration process can seem cumbersome and with delays still a reality from the global pandemic in 2020, some immigrants who filed petitions under the classification of  ‘children’ and now have turned 21 may wonder what their legal rights are and if they still qualify for child status. Fortunately, there are protections in place for...

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USCIS Expanding Premium Processing for Some I-140 Petitions

June 2, 2022 - 14:06

In an official final rule published on May 24, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would implement premium processing for certain pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, filed under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications in an effort to “increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system.” The...

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Additional H-2B Visa Available for Second Half of 2022

May 25, 2022 - 13:13

Many business owners and employers in the U.S. will be happy to know that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor has made  35,000 additional H-2B seasonal foreign worker visas available for the second half of 2022. These are specifically for employed workers on or after April 1, 2022, through September 30,...

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TPS Requirements & Eligibility Complete Guide 2022

May 24, 2022 - 11:35

Ukraine and Sudan are the two most recent countries to receive Temporary Protected Status from the United States Department of Homeland Security as a result of the unsafe living conditions from the war with Russia and political unrest in Sudan. It is estimated that there are about 59,600 individuals from Ukraine in the U.S. who...

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2023 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Selected

May 10, 2022 - 17:38

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and allots 55,000 immigrant visas per year through a lottery pool for foreign nationals from countries with historically low immigration rates to the U.S. If you entered, you can now check the results to see if you were selected here. The...

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