Tag Archives: homeland security

USCIS Will Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions for FY17 on April 1, 2016

Beginning April 1, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 cap. These visas are designed for U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming. Read about […]

3 Crucial Pieces of Evidence for a Marriage-Based Green Card

This post is intended as resources for applicants of green card based on marriage to understand the types of evidence that are crucial to the approval of the application. Individuals who apply for adjustment of status based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident receive a Green Card subsequent to approval of […]

USCIS to Welcome 20,000 New U.S. Citizens for Presidents Day

Our LA immigration attorneys are pleased to announce that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome nearly 20,000 new U.S. citizens in Naturalization ceremonies around Presidents Day. In honor of our nation’s first president, George Washington and all presidents who have led this country, USCIS is hosting more than 180 U.S. citizenship ceremonies […]

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan and South Sudan

Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned that the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has re-designated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the period for nationals from South Sudan currently on TPS here in the United States. The period has been extended from May 3, 2016 to November 2, 2017, due […]

Supreme Court to Rule on Obama Immigration Executive Actions

Our Los Angeles Immigration Attorneys are excited to announce that the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday their plans to take up a case directly challenging the legality of President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration reform. These executive actions being challenged are two aimed at granting temporary deferment from deportation and a temporary work […]

USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage

Our team of Los Angeles-based immigration lawyers has just learned that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be conducting system maintenance on Sunday, January 10th to their website. The maintenance will be done during the period of 12 AM to 6 PM Eastern Standard Time. During this period, their online customer service […]

U.S. Customs to Begin Biometric Entry/Exit Testing

Our Los Angeles immigration lawyers have learned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin testing new biometric technology at the Otay Mesa pedestrian U.S.-Mexico border crossing this week to enhance identifying certain non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the United States. U.S. Customs uses biometric technology, including fingerprints, facial photographs and iris images in […]

USCIS to Host Naturalization Ceremonies to Honor Veterans

Today, the Department of Homeland Security will hold nearly 130 special Naturalization ceremonies across the United States honoring veterans, service members and military spouses. USCIS will highlight the incredible sacrifices that military members and their families have made while serving our country. Between November 7 – 13th, USCIS will welcome more than 10,000 new U.S. […]

When Does USCIS Require an I-824 to Take Action on an Approved I-140 or I-130 Petition?

Our Los Angeles immigration team of attorneys recently discussed this topic with the USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC) Liaison Committee. If a petitioner indicates that the beneficiary of a visa application will apply for the visa abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, on either forms I-130 or I-140, the petition will be transferred automatically […]

USCIS Set to Close Vienna, Austria Office on Dec. 31, 2015

Our Los Angeles based team of immigration attorneys have just learned that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) intends to close its field office, located in Vienna, Austria, on December 31, 2015. The final day that the office will be open to the public and accepting applications is November 30, 2015. The closest USCIS […]