Our blog offers up-to-date summaries on USCIS forms, monthly Visa Bulletin updates, as well as insights on U.S. immigration policy.
What is the Supporting Evidence Needed for a National Interest Waiver?
NIWs are one of the most difficult waivers to get in terms of immigration. Oftentimes the USCIS also does not provide sufficient reasoning as to why a case was denied. Thus it is important to look further into NIW cases and the evidence needed for a successful adjudication.
May 13, 2021
The State Department’s Four Tiered Approach to U.S. Immigration
The DOS has updated their operational capacities in response to the opening up of U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. The approach favors a four tiered system that prioritizes immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain special immigrants.
May 12, 2021
Work Permit Applicants No Longer Required to Scan Fingerprints
In order to work legally in the U.S. as a non-citizen, you either need to have working authorization or a green card. A new policy change in authorizing work permits will help streamline this process.
May 11, 2021
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
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