Tag Archives: Adjustment of Status

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 […]

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery for FY 2016

On April 7, 2015 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for the Fiscal Year 2016. USCIS also announced that it had received more than the 20,000 limit of H-1B petitions that were filed under the advanced degree […]

If my I-485 is denied because USCIS believes a waiver is required. but an Immigration Judge determines a waiver is not, do I have to pay the I-485 fee again?

USCIS has acknowledged, in a July 24, 2014 District 23 Los Angeles meeting, that this issue is decided on a case-by-case basis. If USCIS denies an adjustment of status application, Form I-485, for reasons that are later reviewed by an Immigration Judge and a determination is made by the judge that USCIS erred in the […]

I Missed My Adjustment of Status Interview with Homeland Security! Will I be Arrested or Detained?

If you have an adjustment of status case and you missed your appointment, you need to contact USCIS very soon. We recommend that you have experienced legal counsel to ensure that you have the best possible representation and the best possible outcome. “No show” cases are held for two weeks.  During this time, you may […]

Biometrics: How, When and Where?

Our U.S. immigration attorneys have successfully helped hundreds of clients with their important immigration matters. In many cases, once an application for immigration benefits has been filed and received by USCIS, an Application Support Center (ASC) appointment notice is sent out to the client. The ASC notice is an appointment notice for the applicant to […]

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 […]

Commonly Asked Questions During Immigration Interview

Most applicants for a United States visa (both immigrant and nonimmigrant) and applicants for Adjustment of Status for family-based cases like marriage, will be required to attend an interview. Depending on whether you are inside or outside the United States will determine whether your interview will be at a USCIS local field office or at […]

Court Rules Grant of TPS is an Admission for Adjustment of Status Purposes

Exciting news came last week when a decision from a District Court held that a noncitizen’s grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualifies as “inspection and admission”into the United States. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), inspection and admission to the United States are requirements to be eligible to become a U.S. Lawful Permanent […]

USCIS Limits Validity Period for All Green Card Medical Exams

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last week that beginning June 1, 2014, the agency is limiting the validity period for all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to that of one year from the date of submission to USCIS. This is the form used when every Green Card applicant, […]

Same-Sex Marriage Adjustment of Status to Green Card

The following article is an excerpt from a question and answer meeting between United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The questions (Q) are asked by AILA and the answers (A) are provided by USCIS. Q: Please confirm that all USCIS Field Offices have now been trained on same-sex […]