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30Sep2020
Federal Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Increase

A federal judge granted a motion to temporarily block the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) new fee rule that was originally scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020. The published new fee rule has an average 20% increase over 72 immigration benefit applications. USCIS filing fee for Naturalization would increase 83%, from […]

31Jan2020
Why Do Spousal Visas Take Longer for Permanent Residents Than Citizens?

“Why does the CR1 take longer for a green card sponsor?” The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets the number of immigrant visas that may be issued to aliens seeking to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) each year. Immigrant visas for the family-sponsored immigrant preference categories are numerically limited, so they are […]

24Jan2020
We Got Married While Our K1 Visa Was Pending
We Got Married While Our K1 Visa Was Pending

“My fiancee and I have decided to get married in the Philippines but we already applied for a fiancee visa. So how much paperwork is involved and are we starting over?” If you filed for a fiancee visa and you got married, you’re no longer eligible for a fiancee visa so that would require you […]

17Jan2020
K1 Visa Requirements in 2020
K1 Visa Requirements in 2020

Not everyone will meet the K-1 visa requirements. This list is the main k-1 visa eligibility requirements, but every petition is different. USCIS and consular officers are different and some countries may have additional requirements. If you work with an immigration attorney, or a fiance visa agency, they will carefully review your situation to verify that you meet all of […]

16Dec2019
USCIS Fees Changing in 2020!
USCIS Fees Changing in 2020!

The USCIS recently proposed fee changes in the Federal Register for all USCIS filing fees. While some of the fees are in fact decreasing slightly, such as the biometrics fee, a few fees are increasing significantly. The hardest-hit are children under 14 years old applying for adjustment of status, who will see the fee increase by […]

27Nov2019
Expediting a Spousal Visa (Form I-130) While in the Military
Expediting a Spousal Visa (Form I-130) While in the Military

We’re just about to send our 130 Petition. My husband is in active duty military. We want to expedite the process as he will be leaving for his next duty station in the U.S. on December. Do we need to put the expedite letter in the petition package when we send it, or wait for […]

15Nov2019
What is Advance Parole & How Do I Apply?

Advance Parole, otherwise known as a Travel Document or Travel Permit, is a document that permits an alien who is awaiting lawful permanent resident status to travel abroad and return to the United States without another visa. Such persons include those who have applied for adjustment of status but haven’t received their green card yet. […]

01Nov2019
Trump’s New Spousal Visa Health Insurance Requirement Starts November 3
Trump's New Spousal Visa Health Insurance Requirement Starts November 3

President Trump issued a proclamation, requiring all immigrant visa applicants to show proof that they will be covered by health insurance. This situation is subject to change quickly, but at the time of this recording, this is the best information we have. As of November 3, during your immigrant visa interview, you will be required […]

27Sep2019
The NVC is Requesting Items I’ve Already Sent Them!
The NVC is Requesting Items I've Already Sent Them!

“The National Visa Center keeps asking for the same documents. I submitted all the docs, with the I-130 which is approved. What’s going on at the NVC?” A couple things could be at play here with the National Visa Center stage they’ve switched over to electronic document processing. That means you have to scan and […]

24Sep2019
Why to Always Update the USCIS With Contact Information
Why to Always Update the USCIS With Contact Information

“My wife in Nicaragua changed her cell phone number. Do we need to inform the USCIS?” Yes, it is highly recommended that you update any and all information as soon as it changes. Especially the cell phone number. The reason being is because the consulate sends text messages. Basically, you filled out a form that […]

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