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Category: Family-Based Immigration Law

Certain EAD Holders with Pending Extension Requests Can Continue to Work

Jul 9, 2017
Published July 9, 2017   Foreign nationals in the U.S. can qualify to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) under a variety of circumstances.   There are more than a couple...

When Will CIS Expedite Processing of your Petition or Application? AND New Vetting Procedures in Place for Visa Applicants

Jun 6, 2017
Published June 6, 2017   These days, with processing times for various petitions and applications getting longer, it is important to be aware that U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and...

Marriage Based Green Card Interview Horror Stories; Where Do They Come From?

May 9, 2017
Published May 9, 2017   Question: Which travels quicker – good news or bad news?  Bad news, of course. “Train Wrecks” are exciting, interesting, sensational and sometimes, satisfying – especially...

Chicago Based Applicants for Green Cards and Citizenship: DHS/CIS Processing Times

Apr 20, 2017
Published April 20, 2017   Marriage based adjustment of status applicants residing in CIS Chicago’s jurisdiction are seeing an approximately 4-5 month wait to be scheduled for an interview.  Applicants...

Applying for U.S. Citizenship: The Top 4 Things That Matter

Mar 21, 2017
Published March 21, 2017   To be sure, a foreign national residing in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (aka “green card” holder) is not required to apply for...

Yes, Now Is the Time to Get H-1B Work Visa Petitions Ready for Filing

Jan 4, 2017
Published January 4, 2017   As the new year begins, so does the rush for U.S. employers and prospective foreign workers to compete for a chance at one or more...

After Much Confusion, CIS Will Accept Older Versions of Certain Forms Until February 21, 2017

Jan 2, 2017
Published January 2, 2017   Two weeks ago, and without any prior notice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) abruptly announced that as of December 23, 2016...

Naturalization Without the English and/or Civics/History Requirement

Dec 14, 2016
Published December 14, 2016   With few exceptions, eligibility for U.S. naturalization depends on an applicant:  1)  having accumulated a minimum number of years of lawful permanent residence, 2) demonstrating good...

FILE BEFORE DECEMBER 23, 2016 TO AVOID IMMIGRATION FILING FEE INCREASES

Nov 23, 2016
Published November 23, 2016   As of December 23, 2016, and for the first time in six years, a filing fee increase for certain immigration applications or petitions is set to...

Do I Need to Renew My Green Card If I Am Applying for U.S. Citizenship?

Sep 20, 2016
Published September 20, 2016     U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Headquarters recently issued a directive clarifying the circumstances under which prospective applicants for naturalization – filing Form N-400 – ...
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