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March 21, 2023
Linda Sanchez Ortega

USCIS Announces Mail Delivery Process for Receiving I-551 Green Card Extension Stamp

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may now receive temporary proof of their lawful permanent resident status by mail rather than having to physically visit a field office to receive an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) stamp (also known as an...

January 04, 2023
Marjorie M. Filice

What to Bring to your Medical Appointment

USCIS requires that all applicants for permanent residency undergo a medical exam by an authorized civil surgeon. If you have an exam scheduled, it is important to prepare and attend the exam with all the required documentation. We advise you...

August 15, 2022
Marjorie M. Filice

Examples of Bona Fides to Prove Marriage

When filing a marriage-based immigration case, a couple must generally provide evidence that they have a bona fide marriage. A bona fide marriage is one that is entered into in good faith for legitimate reasons, and not solely for the...

July 12, 2022
Aaron Lawee

Three and Ten Year Unlawful Presence Bars Can Be Served within the United States

On June 24, 2022, USCIS issued an important clarification about the rules governing unlawful presence bars, commonly referred to as either the “three” or “ten” year bars. This will have very important benefits for people who are eligible to apply...

May 31, 2022
Grace Parsons

I Just Got Married. How Long Do I Need to Wait Before Starting a Marriage-Based Immigration Case?

Oftentimes, people assume that they must wait a set amount of time after getting married before starting a marriage-based immigration process. For most couples, this is not the case. If a person is eligible for a residency application through marriage...

October 25, 2021
Ana Valenzuela

Brief Overview of Family-Based Immigration Categories

You may have wondered why some applicants receive their immigrant visa or status much faster than others, in some cases, taking over 20 years to obtain an immigrant visa.  The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) lists specific family categories through...

Green Card Applicants Must Be Fully Vaccinated for Covid-19 Beginning on October 1, 2021, With Few Exceptions

Effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants for lawful permanent residence (“green card”) who are required to submit a medical examination report must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete and sign their immigration medical examination (Form I-693)....

Two Important Updates Regarding Your Medical Exam

Clients Report Being Contacted Directly by USCIS to Prepare to Provide Medical Exams Applicants for adjustment of status have reported receiving phone calls, text messages, or emails from USCIS regarding their medical exams. In particular, USCIS is informing clients that...


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