Our blog offers up-to-date summaries on USCIS forms, monthly Visa Bulletin updates, as well as insights on U.S. immigration policy.
Taking up Commuter Status: What you need to know
Taking up commuter status in the United States means filing an I-90 application and receiving a special commuter green card. The commuter green card is only for full time employees working in Canada or Mexico in addition to the U.S.
May 10, 2021
Thinking about your Assets on the Affidavit of Support
Sponsors of the I-864 Affidavit can use their assets to meet income requirements if they are unable to find a joint sponsor.
May 07, 2021
How the National Interest Definition is Changing in a Post-Pandemic World
A recent NIW denial shows how the national interest can change over a course of many years, and how Covid-19 is changing what is in the U.S. national interest now that mass vaccinations are under way.
May 06, 2021
What Does Attachment of Constitution Principles Mean for N-400 Applicants?
Attachment to the principles is required for the Oath of Allegiance. Officers might also use the attachment principles as a guiding resource when looking over applicants N-400 and other supplementary forms provided in their application package.
May 05, 2021
What is the EB3 Visa Process Like?
This employment-based visa category provides a pathway for skilled workers and professionals to travel to the United States and eventually apply for a U.S. based green card.
May 04, 2021
USCIS News Update: Biden Administration Makes Deference Ruling
The Biden Administration has made the immigration process a little bit more efficient by re-instating the deference policy.
May 03, 2021
What are Employment-Based Green Cards?
Employment-based green cards are issued to EB visa holders who are eligible to file an adjustment of status with the USCIS. The process involves receiving a labor certification in some cases and having an employer petition on behalf of the applicant they are looking to hire.
April 30, 2021
Special Immigrant Program Pertaining to Translators and Other Roles
Special immigrants who have helped the U.S. Armed Forces in wartime may be eligible for a green card in the United States. The following relates to procedural elements for this adjustment based scenario.
April 29, 2021
How your personal data can be used by immigration enforcement
Green card holders and non-citizens more broadly need to pay close attention to the information they release online.
April 28, 2021
State Department Visa Bulletin Updates for May, 2021
The May 2021 visa bulletin shows a recurring trend of long waitlists for Indian and mainland Chinese applicants in many family-based preference categories. However, at the same time, many final action dates are “current” for employment-based visa applicants from Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Central American countries.
April 26, 2021
Green Card Holders Vs. DACA Recipients: Similarities and Differences
Some of the commonalities are the right to work, apply for a driver's license, and be issued a social security number. However, DACA recipients remain in a “limbo” phase that is not the case for many green card holders.
April 26, 2021
Options for Changing Jobs with a Pending or Approved I-140
Knowing whether or not you should have a new petition submitted depends on the nature of the job change and whether it is internal or a different organization.
April 23, 2021
Avenues for Adjusting Status under a J-1 Visa
There is a two-year period where previous J-1 visa holders need to return home and wait before applying for a U.S. green card/consular processing. The I-612 waives this foreign residence requirement.
April 22, 2021
Top Mistakes Made in the Affidavit of Support (I-864)
The I-864 Affidavit of support is a contract between the U.S. government and a sponsor who agrees to support, financially within their means, the immigrant and principal applicant of a family-based visa to come to the United States.
April 21, 2021
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