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USCIS Updates Policy Manual on Customer Service

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has recently published an update to the USCIS Policy Manual, to the section regarding Customer Service and how the agency incorporates this. The new policy is in effect as of August 26, 2014 and can be viewed here. If you or a loved one seek immigration help, contact our office […]

Proving EAD Eligibility for Applicants in Removal Proceedings/Deportation

At a liaison meeting in May 2014, the USCIS National Benefits Center confirmed that it will adjudicate and approve Employment Authorization application on Form I-765, for eligible person who are in deportation/removal proceedings, but noted that the burden is on the applicant to establish his or her eligibility for employment authorization. USCIS provided an overview […]

Approved H-1B Beneficiaries May File Visa Applications Now!

Our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles have learned from the U.S. Department of State, that beneficiaries of an approved H-1B petition with an October 1, 2014 start date may now start filing a visa application at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate abroad. U.S. visa posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue […]

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Requirements for Form I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Prior to March 2013, an undocumented immigrant seeking to obtain a Green Card through marriage had to first leave the United States and seek an immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in his or her home country, which could result in obtaining a 3 or 10 year bar from admission into the United […]

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 […]

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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 […]

California Design of Driver’s License for Immigrants Rejected

Federal Authorities have rejected the newly proposed design for California’s driver’s license for undocumented immigrants, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned. According to a report released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Federal government says it is not distinguishable enough for security purposes from permits given to citizens and lawful permanent […]

Reminder: USCIS Will Only Accept New Version of Form N-400 Beginning May 5

Our Los Angeles immigration lawyers would like to remind everyone that the newly revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship) will go into effect on May 5, 2014. Once in effect, USCIS will not accept older versions of the form, even the most recent one dated 9/13/2013. USCIS will reject and send back these […]

Computer System Error Cripples Deportation Cases

A computer crisis is crippling the United States’ immigration courts, which has created an overwhelming backlog of deportation cases, our U.S. immigration lawyers in Los Angeles have learned. Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys first encountered an error with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)’s Immigration Court on April 12 when we […]

CBP’s Exercise of Discretion v. Prosecutorial Discretion

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a policy to use discretion where appropriate and in keeping the CBP strategy of risk management and focusing CBP’s resources on those cases that pose the greatest risk. Each applicant for admission to the United States is evaluated on a case by case basis and the decision is […]