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Category: Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas

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...

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...

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...

Expansion of Stateside “Provisional” Waiver Program

Aug 8, 2016
Published August 8, 2016   Back in 2013, the US Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services first implemented a “stateside” I-601A Waiver program, an initiative allowing for the processing a “waiver...

For Those Who Entered the U.S. Under a False Identity and Now Want a Green Card

Jul 25, 2016
Published July 25, 2016 Foreign nationals who enter the U.S. under a false identity or assumed name usually do so because conventional legal avenues to gain entry are not available to...

I-751 Petitions to Remove Conditional Basis on Residence: For When the Marriage Works, and For When It Does Not

Apr 20, 2016
Published April 20, 2016   Usually, foreign nationals obtaining immigration benefits by way of a marriage to a U.S. citizen are only initially granted resident status on a 2 year...

U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Take a Closer Look at Social Media Presence of Foreign Nationals Coming to U.S.

Feb 24, 2016
Published February 24, 2016   After the terrorist mass shootings in San Bernardino, California this past December, it was discovered that the couple carrying out the attack had an online...