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TPS Redesignation and 18-Month Extension for Syria

We are pleased to announce that the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the agency has extended the existing TPS designation for the country from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. This designation allows for eligible nationals of Syria to register or re-register for TPS […]

Lost Your Green Card Abroad and Need to Re-Enter the United States?

Our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles frequent various liaison meetings between the Department of Homeland Security and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The following questions and answers are excerpts from a meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If an LPR is studying abroad and his […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 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, […]

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 […]

Obama Delays Immigration Efforts to Give GOP One Last Attempt for Reform

President Obama is holding off on a plan to ditch Congress and enact changes to United States deportation laws through the White House in hope of an immigration reform plan from the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. According to our U.S. immigration attorney in Los Angeles, the White House has decided to wait until after […]

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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 […]