Tag Archives: Adjustment of Status

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

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

USCIS Releases Processing Information for March 2016 Visa Bulletin

USCIS has released another updated Visa Bulletin chart listing the dates to file adjustment of status applications. As we previously reported, USCIS and the DOS revised the procedures for determining visa availability for individuals looking to file adjustment of status applications.  The DOS Visa Bulletin now has two categories of cut-off dates: Application Final Action Dates … Continue Reading

BIA finds a Form I-9 is Admissible in Immigration Proceedings, Supports Charges of Removability

In immigration law a distinction is made between inadmissibility and removability. There are some actions that can render an individual inadmissible (i.e., not eligible to enter the United States), some actions that can render an individual removable (i.e., eligible to be removed from the United States after being admitted to the country), and some actions … Continue Reading