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August 10, 2023
Aaron Lawee

Family Reunification Parole Available to Citizens of Certain Countries

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created a program to allow certain citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Cuba, and Haiti to be reunited with their family members in the United States while they wait for a green...

August 04, 2023
Marjorie M. Filice

Understanding Form I-864

In most cases, individuals intending to immigrate to the United States will have to demonstrate that they have adequate means to support themselves without requiring government assistance. In most family-based cases, this support is demonstrated by the petitioner (the individual...

July 17, 2023
Linda Sanchez Ortega

ICE Now Requires Online Bond Payment for Release of Detained Immigrants

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has implemented the Cash Electronic Bonds Online (CeBONDS). CeBONDS is a web-based system that provides a completely automated, online capability to request verification of bond eligibility, make cash immigration bond payments, and send...

June 20, 2023
Beata Leja

USCIS Finally Expands Premium Processing to Applicants Seeking to Change to F, M or J Status

On June 12, 2023, USCIS announced that it is finally expanding premium processing (i.e. expedited processing for an added fee) to applicants who are seeking to change their nonimmigrant status to F, M, and J status. Specifically, the expansion applies...

May 22, 2023
Aaron Lawee

I Was Granted Asylum – When Should I File for My Green Card?

Our office has begun receiving questions about when an asylee becomes eligible to seek a green card. Unfortunately, the guidance from USCIS is still unclear on this matter. Background: U.S. immigration law allows an asylee to become a lawful permanent...

May 08, 2023
Grace Parsons

COVID-19 Vaccination No Longer Required for Noncitizen/Nonresident Travelers Flying to the US

After more than three years, the United States Government’s COVID-19 public health emergency is coming to an end on May 11, 2023. Coinciding with this change, the US will also remove many COVID-19 vaccination requirements, including those affecting international travelers....

April 17, 2023
Courtney Wachal

Religious Worker Green Cards Severely Backlogged-What Are my Alternative Options?

Individuals who hold an R-1 (religious worker) visa are eligible to apply for permanent residency under the EB-4 (employment-based fourth preference) category pursuant to sponsorship from their employer. Prior to March 2023, the EB-4 category was processing green card applications...

April 10, 2023
Ana Valenzuela

USCIS Updates Guidance Relating to Filing Periods and Response Timeframes Ending on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised its policy to address instances where the last day of filing for a certain benefit request or response to a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny, Revoke, Rescind,...


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