Tag Archives: US immigration

Pay the U.S. Naturalization Application Fee with Your Credit Card!

Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys are excited to announce that USCIS just recently provided guidance on paying the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, using a credit card. USCIS is now offering this service for U.S. citizenship applications only. The filing fee for Form N-400 is $680 and there is no additional fee to pay with […]

Guidance for 245(i) Physical Presence Requirement

USCIS District 23, which includes Los Angeles and Orange County Field Offices has stated that where an applicant for adjustment of status is grandfathered under 245(i), the Principal (beneficiary of the 245i petition) must show physical presence in 2000 even if not immigrating, in order for derivative beneficiaries to also be grandfathered in. This seems […]

EB-5 Visa Priority Date. What Does this Mean for China?

USCIS has announced, that effective May 1, 2015, EB-5 visa applicants who were born in mainland-China face new restrictions due to visa issuing limits. Those who currently have a priority date of May 1, 2013 or before, can file to adjust his or her status to Lawful Permanent Resident, if lawfully in the U.S., or […]

Guidance for TPS Late Re-Registration Applications

If you or a loved one is a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiary who is eligible for the re-registration for TPS but did not file before the deadline, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys remind you to follow the guidelines provided by USCIS on “filing late“. The law requires USCIS to withdraw and take away the […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) For El Salvador Extended

Our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles are pleased to see that the Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) period for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months. The extension goes into effect on March 10, 2015 through September 9, 2016. What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)? Temporary […]

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 […]

President Obama Introduces 10 Year Visa for Tourists and Business Agreement with China

Our Los Angeles immigration lawyers are pleased to announce that President Barack Obama has just announced that the U.S. and China have agreed to a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy for tourists and businessmen. This will allow citizens of each country to travel between the two countries for up to 10 years on a single […]

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Two Immigration Cases. Their Decision May Impact Your Immigration Options!

As immigration lawyers, we love hearing of news that has potential to greatly help change the lives of many of our immigrant clients through justice and by providing additional immigration options to those who feel helpless. We are excited to hear of the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving immigration […]

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 […]

Study Shows Immigrants Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

A newly released report from the Partnership for the New American Economy as well as an analysis from MSNBC of Social Security data offer new evidence to support that immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, are significant contributors to the economic well-being of major safety net programs in the United States. The studies go on to provide […]