National Visa Center Blunders
On July 30, 2015, the National Visa Center (“NVC”) sent out a notification confirming reports that applicants had been receiving letters or emails from the NVC on July 29, 2015 stating that their applications would be terminated or that their applications were in the process of being terminated under INA 203(g) for failure to con...
What is ADIT Processing?
Congratulations! Your green card has been approved and you received an electronic alert from USCIS:
On August 20, 2015, we registered your permanent resident status and mailed you a Welcome Notice for Receipt Number LIN1234567890. Please follow the instructions in the notice. Your new permanent resident card should arriv...
Mini Article: Revisions in the October Visa Bulletin
On September 25, 2015, the Department of State issued a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015. The new revision rolls back the cutoff dates for eligibility to file for adjustment of status or an immigrant visa. Specifically, the new Visa Bulletin rolls back eligibility dates by two (2) years for EB-2 India (July 1, 2009), sixteen (1...
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...
Visa Bulletin for March 2016
The United States Department of State has recently published Visa Bulletin for March 2016 which include availability of family-based and employment-based imm...
House Passes Bill Aiming to Eliminate Per-Country Green Card Cap
On July 10, 2019, the House passed a bill that would eliminate the per-country cap on green cards, which would mean that the amount of time any new applicant waits for a green card would be equalized, regardless of where the applicant was born.
Under current regulations, the green card cap limits a maximum of 7% of total employmen...
Injunction Following USCIS’s Publication of New Versions of Immigration Forms
On October 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new editions of Forms I-485, I-129, I-539/I-539A, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944. On its website, USCIS stated that it would accept the previous edition of the forms if they are postmarked on or before October 14, 2019.
The effective date of wh...
Health Insurance Requirements Imposed on Immigrant Visa Applicants
Beginning on November 3, 2019, according to a , the U.S. Department of State will suspend issuance of immigrant visas to foreign nationals who are applying at U.S. consulates that are unable to show that they will have unsubsidized health insurance within 30 days of entry into the U.S. or otherwise pay for their healthcare expenses i...
Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration’s Health Insurance Rule
On November 2, 2019, a federal judge in Portland, Oregon granted a preliminary injunction that prevented a rule established by the Trump administration . Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration's rule on October 30, 2019.
The lawsuit contended that the new rule woul...
USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020
On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The final rule is effective October 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date is required to include payment that matches the adjusted ...