Monthly Archives: May 2014

USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage

USCIS is planning to conduct a system maintenance from 5 AM to 6 PM (Eastern) on Sunday, June 1, 2014. During this outage, the following online tools will be unavailable: Case Status Check e-Request Change of Address Online Processing Time Check Civil Surgeon Locator FOIA Status Check Forms by Mail Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys […]

Obama Delays Immigration Efforts to Give GOP One Last Attempt for Reform

President Obama is holding off on a plan to ditch Congress and enact changes to United States deportation laws through the White House in hope of an immigration reform plan from the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. According to our U.S. immigration attorney in Los Angeles, the White House has decided to wait until after […]

House GOP Blocks Votes on Military Immigration Measure

May 21, 2014 – House Republican leaders blocked votes on any immigration legislation, again raising doubts about the prospects for election-year action on overhauling the nation’s laws. The Committee voted early Wednesday against votes on a measure offering U.S. Citizenship to immigrants who are here illegally and serve in the military. The Committee also rejected […]

U visa, Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, Immigrant Women, Immigration Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, Violence

USCIS Set to Discuss Possible U Visa Law Enforcement Certification Changes

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 1-2:30 PM (EDT), USCIS will hold a listening session to discuss the law enforcement certification process for U visa nonimmigrant status and possible changes being considered that would broaden the definition of a “certifying official”. Our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles will be present for the listening session and […]

New Legislation Would Extend Visa Program for Foreign Investors

The EB-5 investor visa program for immigrant investors was created as a pilot program under the Immigration Act of 1990. Under the law, up to 10,000 admissions are granted each year for a $1 million investment per visa. If the investments are made in areas designated by Congress as high unemployment areas (called Regional Centers), […]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, San Ysidro, California Facility Facts

One of the ways that our Los Angeles immigration attorneys stay on top of important immigration matters is by attending events held by the U.S. Government. Last week one of our immigration lawyers attended a tour of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at San Ysidro, California, which borders Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. […]

Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update

Los Angeles immigration attorney, Jack C. Sung, follows the latest in immigration news and today has announced that Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, has been revised. This update to this form is designed to make the form clearer, more concise and user friendly, as part of our form improvements initiative. Applicants for Temporary […]

NAFTA TN Visa Checklist

Canadian Citizens wishing to apply for TN classification at the time of entering the United States at the Port of Entry may present supporting documentation directly to the U.S. Customs officer. Canadians applying for TN classification at the Port of Entrys on the northern border and at U.S. pre-clearance stations within Canada have had widely […]

Update on Immigration Court’s System Outage

People familiar with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and immigration court may have experienced a delay in deportation, removal or other delay due to a hardware failure in the beginning of April. The EOIR’s system was down for just over 1 month, unable to locate records, and delaying deportation and other proceedings. The […]

USCIS Statement on Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly Cases

The following is an excerpt from a meeting between the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly discusses the circumstances of being paroled back into the United States after a brief visit abroad after receiving Advance Parole from USCIS. The Advance Parole grant authorizes an alien’s departure and […]