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 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
Choosing Publications and Your NIW Application
Make sure you are showing the USCIS through your publications that you are not only a subject matter expert in your field but that your work directly relates to the U.S. national interest in some capacity.
April 20, 2021
How to Replace your EB5 Conditional Green Card
Conditional green cards are also provided to EB-5 Investors living in the U.S. In order to remove these conditions, applicants need to file an I-829 in hopes of receiving a permanent 10-year green card.
April 19, 2021
Your NIW Application and the Substantial Merit Clause
Before one is able to prove national interest, applicants should take a closer look at the substantial merit clause of the NIW to see where their proposed endeavor creates impact at the community level.
April 16, 2021
Dealing with Overdue Taxes as a Resident Alien in the United States
You won’t lose your green card status for having overdue tax payments, but it might affect other immigration processes such as naturalization and travelling abroad. Make sure you sign up with an IRS re-payment plan to get it figured out.
April 15, 2021
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