Monthly Archives: February 2013

Obama’s Proposed Legislation on Immigration to the United States

A bipartisan group of senators has presented a proposal for overhauling the US immigration system. The proposal includes new border security, more stringent checks on immigrants with visas, and programs to help businesses verify the legal status of their employees.  President Obama has submitted his own immigration reform proposal which would allow illegal immigrants to […]

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Process for Fiancé(e)s of American Citizens Living Abroad K-1 Nonimmigrant Visa

What defines a “Fiancé(e)”? Under United States Federal Immigration Law, a Foreign-Citizen fiancé(e) of a United States Citizen is the recipient of an approved Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), Form I-129F, who has been issued a K-1 Nonimmigrant Visa for travel to the United States in order to marry his or her US Citizen fiancé(e). Both […]

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Senate Approves Anti-violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act’s anti-domestic violence programs. The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped […]

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Obama Administration’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal Report

Today, the United States’ immigration system is broken and there are 11 million undocumented aliens living in the shadows. The Obama Administration has agreed that it is time to propose a fix to the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone – both from the workers who are here illegally and […]

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Waiver of Adjustment Interview In Certain Immediate Relative One-Stop Applications

What is the procedure for determining whether to waive an adjustment interview where the family relationship is parent-child? Although some cases are forwarded to the CSC for processing without interview, other cases do undergo interview at the local office. As of August 1, 2012, NBC stopped shipping I-485 cases that met the interview waiver criteria […]

Newly Revised Forms I-90 & I-601 Are Now Available Online

USCIS recently published revised Forms I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, and I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. The revised Form I-90 is labeled with a Dec. 17, 2012, edition date. The revised Form I-601 is labeled with a Dec. 16, 2012, edition date. Both forms are now available for use and can […]

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Instructions on extending your status from USCIS

If you want to extend your stay in the United States, you must file a request with USCIS on Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status before your authorized stay expires. If you remain in the United States longer than authorized, you may be barred from returning and/or you may be removed (deported) from the […]

How to Properly Track a Pending I-751

Determining the Correct I-751 Receipt Notice Number Attorneys should be aware that the receipt number listed on a receipt notice for Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence is not the actual receipt number for that case. In fact, if the receipt number shown on the receipt notice for the I-751 is tracked through the […]

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Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan. A Democratic source said: “Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal.” A second source confirmed that, […]

USCIS Immigrant Fee Takes Effect on Feb 1st, 2013

Starting Friday, Feb. 1, those who receive an immigrant visa package from a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad will be required to pay a new $165 immigrant fee. We are aware of the effect that any new fee has on the communities we serve. However, the fee is necessary to cover the costs of producing […]