FILING I-130 PETITIONS AT USCIS OVERSEAS OFFICES

In limited circumstances, I-130 petitions may be filed directly with a US embassy, which will forward the request to a USCIS overseas office for adjudication.  The I-130 is the first part of a family based immigrant visa petition. In 99% of all cases, the I-130 is filed in the United States even if the beneficiary plans to in...

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Issues with the Biometric Scheduling System

Persons living on the east coast filing Adjustment of Status applications for permanent residence, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Advance Parole Documents, Permanent Residence Card renewals  or replacements and re-entry permits (I-131), all need to first obtain biometric appointments (basically getting fingerprinting at a...

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BIOMETRICS OUTSIDE OF THE US

Anyone who has filed for a re-entry permit or I-90 (green card renewal) knows that they need to be fingerprinted in the US. This has caused much disruption for those living abroad. We have always wondered why the USCIS could not process these biometrics abroad. Recently, the USCIS said, " USCIS generally collects biometrics overseas...

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Changes to the Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State and USCIS announced changes to the Visa Bulletin to allow individuals who are waiting for a family-based or employment-based immigrant visa to become available, to begin their immigrant visa paperwork or apply for adjustment of status (AOS) before their prio...

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USCIS Implements Acceptance of Adjustment Applications from Filing-Eligible Foreign Nationals in November

USCIS has confirmed that it will accept adjustment applications beginning in November from foreign nationals with a priority date that makes them eligible for application filing according to the State Department’s November Visa Bulletin.   Under the reformed Visa Bulletin, the Stat...

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Breaking News on L-1 BLANKET I-94 Validity Dates

The following is a summary taken from a memorandum issued by the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and DOS (U.S. Department of State) Liaison Committee on October 8, 2015.   The U.S. Department of State Visa Office (VO) clarified its current policy relating to its endorsement of Forms I-129S for Nonimmigrant L-1 ...

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