Tag Archives: Family Immigration

USCIS Immigrant Fee Process Now Much Easier!

Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have been informed by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that they have now simplified the process for paying the required USCIS Immigrant Fee. The new changes result in a reduction of the information an immigrant must provide to USCIS and a much simpler payment process. In response to […]

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to Offer Relief for Haitians.

We are excited to announce that the Department of Homeland Security will begin implementing a new parole program, starting in early 2015, for eligible Haitian nationals. The Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program will expedite the reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. This program is designed to […]

August 2014 Visa Bulletin Update

Our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles eagerly await the release of each new month’s visa bulletin. The visa bulletin is a monthly report that shows movement in available visa numbers and these updates can greatly benefit our clients. The August 2014 visa bulletin indicates little movement and changes to available visa numbers from July’s visa numbers. There […]

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 […]

Helpful Hints for the Marriage Based Green Card Interview

Now that we have filed our application, what should we do? All applications for a marriage based green card must be filed with the USCIS Chicago Benefits Center. This center was established in hopes of speeding up the application process. Your interview will be held at your local USCIS office, though. Before sending in your application, […]

Five Practice Considerations for I-601A Filings

1. Thoroughly Vet the Applicant’s Background Be sure to thoroughly vet the applicant’s background at the beginning of the case to avoid surprises at the adjudication stage. File all necessary Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to verify existing records related to any encounters between the applicant and the government. For example, if your client […]

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USCIS Waiving Certain I-485 Adjustment Interviews for Qualifying Family Members

In an effort to eliminate some of the family-based petition backlog and processing time, USCIS is waiving some I-485 interviews for certain family-relatives. Please see the types that are considered to be waived below: Unmarried minor children and stepchildren of U.S. citizens (IR7 and CR7) that are accompanied by original or certified copies of supporting […]

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Question: Can I petition my stepfather if I have proof the relationship with my mother initiated before I was 18?

Question Detail: My mom and step dad started their relationship in 1985. In 1992 they got married while in vacation in the US, I was 19 and I was the legal witness to their marriage. Now I want to petition for him and my mother. If I have proof to their relationship prior to 1992, […]

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 […]

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 […]