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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...

September 24, 2021
Pawel Boruch

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...

June 02, 2021
Aaron Lawee

Does Your Sex Life Impact Your Immigration Case?

One hallmark of the legal system in the United States is the right to privacy. Unfortunately, that “right” does not exist to the extent that you might expect in the immigration context. Below is a discussion of several different ways...

Green Card Holders Traveling by Air

There is a recent trend of airlines attempting to determine whether Green Card holders are admissible to travel. However, this is not within the scope of the airline’s authority. It is important to know your rights if you are a...

Victory! USCIS Fee Increase Rule is Temporarily Blocked by Court Order!

Immigrants and their advocates have a lot to celebrate today. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California temporarily blocked the implementation of the USCIS’s fee increase rule on September 29, 2020, just days before the fees...

Covid-19 and Green Card Holders Stuck Overseas Unable to Return to the U.S.

One of the many issues that have emerged during the Covid-19 crisis is the impact on green card holders who have been or will be outside the U.S. for more than six months and are unable to return. U.S. international...

January 29, 2020
Marjorie M. Filice

Supreme Court Allows New Public Charge Rule To Move Forward

In August 2019, the Trump Administration announced plans to expand the definition of “public charge” for immigration purposes. Previously, whether an immigrant was likely to become dependent on the government under the public charge rule was assessed based on whether...

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