Category Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Vermont Service Center Provides Guidance on VAWA I-485 Applications

In certain circumstances a Form I-360 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitioner already has a Form I-130 and Form I-485 application pending with USCIS. The Vermont Service Center, who adjudicates these victim-related benefit requests, indicated that these Form I-485 adjustment of status applications can be held in abeyance if an I-360 is filed eliminating the […]

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

How To Get a U.S. Work Permit?

In order for an individual to work in the United States, you must be legally authorized to do so. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Resident (Green Card holders) may work legally in the United States without a work permit. Other individuals must first obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work in the U.S. With […]

Consular Returns at USCIS Vermont Service Center

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’s (USCIS) Vermont Service Center (VSC) has provided our Los Angeles Immigration Attorneys with updated information on handling of consular returns. Our office was informed that consular returns are currently backlogged at six months or longer; however, cases involving H-1B extensions receive more immediate attention due to the nature […]

Requests for Evidence (RFEs) issued by Vermont Service Center (VSC) to be Yellow After Dec. 9, 2013

Located in Los Angeles, JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, has just been informed by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that beginning on December 9, 2013 the Vermont Service Center (VSC) no longer be issuing Requests for Evidence (RFEs) on blue stock paper. Instead, all RFEs will be printed on light yellow paper. […]

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

USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for Fourth Straight Fiscal Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions/applicants for U nonimmigrant visa status (U visas) for fiscal year 2013. This marks the fourth consecutive year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008. Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of […]

USCIS NCSC Email Temporarily Suspended

Due to current system updates at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) email,, is temporary suspended until the updates are completed. Attorneys and applicants are encouraged to continue to contact the National Customer Service Center by phone at (800) 375-5293, where they will have an option to […]

Rescheduling of Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, I-751 and I-130 Interviews

Are the reschedule email addresses good for adjustment of status only or can they also be used for other types of cases? For example, is it possible to use these email address to reschedule Naturalization, I-130 or I-751 interviews? USCIS Response: District 23 reschedule email addresses can be used for rescheduling of other types of […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, Immigration, Lawyer, Attorney, Legal Advice

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 […]

Liaison Assistance for VAWA Visa, U Visas, T Visas and I-751 Petition Based on Abuse

If you need liaison assistance for a case handled by the VAWA Unit (VAWA, U, T, or I-751 petition based on abuse), first contact the VAWA, U & T Unit at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) via phone, e-mail, or fax. 1. VAWA Unit Hotline: (802) 527-4888 (Leave a message, and the VAWA, U & […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, Immigration, Lawyer, Attorney, Legal Advice

Abused Immigrant Women Forced to Keep Quiet or Else Be Deported

San Francisco, CA In their second debate, the candidates for president talked —finally— about immigration, violence and women. What they did not talk about was violence against immigrant women and how our country’s anti-immigrant laws make it worse for us and our children. Too many immigrant women, forced into the shadows of society, have had […]