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USCIS announces 48-month extension of Green Cards for Conditional Permanent Residents with a pending I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

Posted on Jan 26, 2023

USCIS recently announced that it will extend the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) for 48 months (beyond the current expiration date) for all petitioners who properly file Form I-751, effective as of January 25, 2023.  In addition, USCIS further announced that they will issue new receipt notices for eligible conditional permanent residents who…

What evidence do you have to submit with your I-751 Waiver Petition to prove that you were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse?

Posted on Jan 05, 2023

One of the available I-751 waivers is based upon a claim that the petitioner has been “battered or subjected to extreme cruelty” by his or her U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse during the marriage. Regulations define battery or extreme cruelty as “any act or threatened act of violence, including any forceful detention, which results…

Applying for Naturalization while your I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is still pending with USCIS

Posted on Jan 04, 2023

When I first started practicing as an immigration lawyer in 1995, the processing time for I-751 petitions was about 3-6 months. Today, the processing time is 18-24 months, which is why USCIS issues a 24-month automatic extension of status on the I-751 Receipt Notice. With such an extreme delay, that means that most I-751 petitioners…

What is the difference between consular processing and adjustment of status?

Posted on Jan 03, 2023

Consular processing and adjustment of status are two different ways to apply for a green card (lawful permanent residence) in the United States. Consular processing is a process for obtaining a green card through a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. This process is typically used by individuals who are outside the United States or who…

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Re-Registration Process for Current Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries from Venezuela.

Posted on Sep 07, 2022

On September 7, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice in the Federal Register explaining how current Venezuela Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Beneficiaries can re-register and keep their TPS status and (optionally) renew their Employment Authorization Documents (Work Permit). What are the dates of the extended designation of Venezuela for TPS? Venezuela…

Remote Attorney Representation at your Nunc Pro Tunc Asylum Interview

Posted on Jul 28, 2022

Under applicable law, an asylum applicant has the right to have an attorney or representative present at their affirmative asylum interview. Due to social distancing guidelines, USCIS is temporarily allowing attorneys or representatives to participate in asylum interviews remotely, either by phone or video. In order to elect this option, the applicant’s attorney will have…

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela

Posted on Jul 15, 2022

On July 11, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had extended the designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. This designation of TPS will allow eligible nationals from Venezuela to apply for an extension of their protected status and also apply for a (optional)…

USCIS to Waive Interviews for Certain I-751 Conditional Permanent Resident Petitioners

Posted on May 17, 2022

On April 7, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that has adopted a new risk-based approach to decide whether to interview conditional lawful permanent residents (CLPRs) who have filed I-751 petitions to remove the conditions on their residence. In sum, the new policy will provide guidance for USCIS officers to decide whether to…

New USCIS Rule extends certain Employment Authorization Documents by up to 540 Days

Posted on May 11, 2022

On May 4, 2022, USCIS announced that it would automatically extend certain Employment Authorization Documents (work permits) from 180 days to 540 days in order to address severe delays in processing the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The eligibility requirements for the new rule are: The individual must have already been issued a work…

USCIS Takes Bold Action to Reduce Processing Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Improve Access to Work Permits

Posted on Apr 18, 2022

On March 29, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced efforts to reduce processing backlogs, expand Premium Processing for certain applications and petitions, and to improve access to work permits through streamlined processing and extending validity periods. Overall, the goal of these actions is to increase efficiency and reduce burdens on the legal immigration…

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