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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) San Bernardino Field Office will be closed on April 16, 2014 and will reopen on April 23 at their new address located at 995 Hardt Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Our U.S. immigration attorneys encourage anyone with an emergency to visit the nearest USCIS office in Los Angeles, […]

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Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys are encouraging eligible Haitian nationals who wish to re-register for TPS to do so before Friday, May 2, 2014, as this is the deadline. This re-registration period is only for eligible nationals of Haiti who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and haven’t already re-registered. If you fail to re-register […]

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that on April 28, 2014 they will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions that are subject to the 2015 Fiscal Year cap. This includes H-1B nonimmigrant visa petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher. USCIS […]

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is inviting people to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on April 24, 2014 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM (EST). Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned this teleconference is to discuss the extension of the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) for L-1 Visas. The ASVVP […]

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Matter of C-J-H, Respondent Decided March 27, 2014 An alien whose status has been adjusted from Asylee to lawful permanent resident cannot subsequently readjust status under INA Section 209(b), 8 USC Section 1159(b)(2012). Factual Background of Decision In a decision dated May 8, 2013, an Immigration Judge (IJ) found the respondent removable on his own […]

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Effective today, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned that all USCIS offices will start using new district names in all references to the international districts. The new names for these USCIS international districts are as follows: Asia/Pacific (APAC) District, formerly the Bangkok District Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) District, formerly the Rome District […]

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Our Los Angeles U.S. Immigration lawyers have just learned that USCIS has reached the H-1B statutory cap. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday that they have received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions for the fiscal year of 2015. The limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption has […]

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JCS Immigration and Visa, Los Angeles immigration attorney’s office, monitors news relating to immigration across the country and around the world. We have learned that the United States Embassy located in Caracas, Venezuela is currently unable to issue B-1/B-2 visitor visas to first time applicants at this time. The U.S. Embassy Caracas issued a notice […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a policy to use discretion where appropriate and in keeping the CBP strategy of risk management and focusing CBP’s resources on those cases that pose the greatest risk. Each applicant for admission to the United States is evaluated on a case by case basis and the decision is […]

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What is the affirmative aslyum backlog? USCIS currently has a backlog of affirmative asylum applications that have been filed and are awaiting interviews with USCIS asylum offices nationwide. Currently, there are around 40,000 cases in this backlog and that number continues to increase. 28,000 of those cases were filed in 2013 and USCIS Asylum Headquarters […]

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