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Category: Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S.

The Bad Lawyer and the Fake Lawyer

Feb 21, 2018
Published February 21, 2018   In my 25+ years as an immigration lawyer, I have seen many versions of both the bad lawyer and the fake lawyer.    Each is poisonous...

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

Feb 6, 2018
Published February 6, 2018   Marriage based adjustment of status applicants living in CIS Chicago’s jurisdiction are seeing an approximately 7-8 month wait to be scheduled for an interview.  Applicants...

Our Budget Impasse and Immigration

Jan 23, 2018
Published January 23, 2018   Our country endured a brief government shut down in recent days, and there is a decent chance for a repeat performance in the coming weeks.   ...

Update: Green Card Interviews for Marriage Based Applicants, Including for Same Sex Partners

Nov 28, 2017
Published November 28, 2017     A foreign national applying for permanent resident status by way of marriage to a U.S. citizen, continues to enjoy a mostly efficient and streamlined...

Beware Immigrants: Automatic Voter Registration

Nov 15, 2017
Published November 15, 2017   On the topic of well-intended laws and unintended consequences, one of the first things that come to my mind is the law requiring local Department...

New Policy: All Employment Based Green Card Applicants In The U.S. Will Be Interviewed

Oct 3, 2017
Published October 3, 2017   Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. who are applying to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident (green card via Form I-485) based on an...

The Top 5 Defenses to Removal Proceedings

Jul 25, 2017
Published July 25, 2017   Foreign nationals in the U.S. may find themselves defending against removal proceedings because they overstayed or  somehow violated the terms of their temporary visa status. ...

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...

A New Look for Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

Apr 25, 2017
Published April 25, 2017   Toward enhancing security and combatting document fraud, U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin issuing a newly redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) and Employment...