Pursuing U.S. citizenship is a pivotal step for permanent residents, particularly those seeking long-term opportunities in the United States. U.S. citizenship offers enhanced benefits and protections beyond what is availableContinue Reading Exploring Naturalization During I-829 Pendency
On Dec. 15, 2022, Congress passed the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (the “2023 NDAA”), which contains two key changes to the eligibility for…Continue Reading Updates to the E Visa: New Residency Requirements and Portuguese Nationals Eligible
Effective Sept. 26, 2022, USCIS is automatically extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) from 12 months to 24 months for lawful permanent residents who…Continue Reading USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals
On Aug. 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to four…
Continue Reading USCIS Extends Form I-693 Validity Period Due to COVID-19-Related Delays in Adjudication
On Aug. 28, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new policy guidance “to address requirements for ‘residence’ in statutory provisions related to citizenship, and to rescind previous guidance regarding children of U.S. government employees and members of the U.S. armed forces employed or stationed outside the United States.” USCIS has updated its Policy Manual to clarify the distinction between residence and physical presence in the United States and to clarify that short visits to the United States do not establish residence as well as to state that children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members residing outside the United States are no longer considered to be “residing in the United States” for purposes of acquiring citizenship under INA 320. This policy will become effective Oct. 29, 2019.
Continue Reading Friendly Fire: USCIS Deploys New Definition of ‘Residence’ in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship