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24Sep2019
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 […]

19Jul2019
How to Get a USCIS Appointment (InfoPass/InfoMod) in 2019

In the Ombudsman Report of 2019, we discover that the USCIS has quietly killed the InfoPass process for getting an in-person meeting with a USCIS agent to get an update about a dragged-out or stalled case. The process is now called InfoMod. In the past, the process was to set up an online appointment at […]

17Jul2019
Can I Select a Faster USCIS Processing Center?

“Is it possible to choose which USCIS office processes your spousal visa or to transfer? I’ve heard testimonies of some offices processing and faster than others.” Unfortunately, no you cannot choose the processing center or USCIS office where your paperwork is sent to. It’s going to be sent to one of two lock boxes either […]

22Feb2019
Does Calling the USCIS Help Speed Up the Process?

In short, no, calling the USCIS will not speed up the process. It’s best if you just check the status online. You can go to the USCIS website, enter in your USCIS case number and you can obtain the case status right online. Just calling in to the USCIS is probably just going to make […]

24Jan2019
How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Immigration?

The USCIS issued a memo on December 22 stating that fee-funded activities will not be affected. None of the visa types RapidVisa handles will be impeded from filing and continuing with processing based on this memo. Programs directly affected at the USCIS level are EB-5 investor visas, Conrad 30 Waiver Program for J-1 medical doctors, […]

09Jan2019
What is Form I-797?

Form I-797 is used for various types of communication known as ‘notice of action‘. It’s not a form you fill out. Rather, it’s a form that is mailed to you by the USCIS to notify you of certain action that’s been taken on your case. Often, our customers receive this commonly as a receipt notice, […]

05Dec2018
What is an “InfoPass” & How Do I Schedule It?

InfoPass is a free online service that lets you schedule an appointment with a USCIS immigration officer. This may be something you want to do if you are waiting on answers from your fiance visa or spousal visa application. It’s a face-to-face meeting at your local USCIS office either in the US or outside the […]

08Nov2018
Should I Send Originals or Copies of Supporting Evidence to USCIS?

Is a copy of a birth certificate and divorce papers acceptable to USCIS or do I need originals? You should never send original supporting evidence to the USCIS, unless they specifically ask for it. Always send a photocopy. The USCIS won’t return you your original supporting documents back either, so be prepared to never see […]

23Oct2018
2018 Update to Adjustment of Status Process (Medical Exam)

The USCIS announced last week that effective November 1st, 2018, they will require applicants to submit form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record that is signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application for immigration benefit. This applies to the adjustment of status or application to register […]

11Sep2018
Can I Complain to USCIS or Appeal a Denial?

Is there a way to complain to the USCIS if they do deny? There is an official appeals process and you would normally use to file an appeal. Appeals don’t overturn a decision very frequently. The types of criteria that have a great chance of appeal are if something was objectively in error on the […]

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