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Seeking Permanent Residence? USCIS Issues New Interview Requirements Taking Effect Oct. 1

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Aug. 28, 2017, that beginning on Oct. 1, USCIS will begin requiring in-person interviews at local District Offices for adjustment of status applications based on employment, as well as certain refugee/asylee relative petitions. In the past, USCIS did not require an in-person interview adjustment of status applications based … Continue Reading

USCIS Issues New Visa Bulletin Tutorial for I-485 Applications

USCIS has issued a new online tutorial for immigrants that will help determine when a Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status, can be filed with USCIS.  For those immigrants who have a family-based or employment-based immigrant petition filed or approved on their behalf, the new Visa Bulletin tutorial details how to determine your priority … Continue Reading

Update on DHS Proposed Rules Affecting Employment-based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

As reported, in December 2015, USCIS published a proposed rule on the Federal Register in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks to improve job portability for highly skilled immigrants and clarify issues affecting foreign nationals in employment-based nonimmigrant visa categories like H-1B. The proposed regulations received almost 28,000 comments. On October 24, 2016, … Continue Reading

Review of April 2016 Stakeholders’ Call on Proposed Revisions to Forms I-485 & I-485 Supplement A

On April 26, 2016, USCIS held a stakeholder teleconference on the revised Forms I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) and I-485 Supplement A (which should be filed as a supplement by applicants seeking to adjust status under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 245(i)). On March 31, 2016, USCIS … Continue Reading

Upcoming Backlog Risks the Fate of Certain Special Immigrant Juveniles

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an immigration status through which young people under 21 who meet specific eligibility requirements are able to gain Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) in the United States. This past month, working with Safe Passage Project (a New York City-based nonprofit organization that serves indigent immigrant youth), I secured a SIJS-based … Continue Reading

USCIS Now (Sometimes) Permits Biometrics Collections Abroad

Biometrics collection appointments are required for Adjustment of Status, Re-entry Permits, U.S. Naturalization, and other specific applications for U.S. immigration benefits. At biometrics collection appointments, the foreign national applicant typically submits fingerprints, takes a photograph, and signs forms. Such appointments are virtually always processed in the United States at local Application Support Centers (ASCs). However, … Continue Reading

New Adjustment of Status Policy Guidance from USCIS

Filing an Adjustment of Status application is typically the appropriate path for a foreign national living in the United States to take in order to obtain Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status. USCIS has released new policy guidance in its Policy Manual related to Adjustment of Status policies and procedure generally, as well as specifically under the … Continue Reading