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USCIS Provides Updated Guidance on Late Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

Posted on Feb 03, 2024

On January 24, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Policy Manual, stating that it may excuse a nonimmigrant’s late filing for an extension of stay or change of status under specific conditions, if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the applicant’s control. The update clarifies that extraordinary circumstances are defined…

USCIS introduces new Online Form to Request In-Person Appointments at Local Field Offices

Posted on Aug 24, 2023

On August 21, 2023, USCIS announced that it had launched an online form for individuals, attorneys, and accredited representatives to make requests for in-person appointments at their local USCIS field office.  This is a change from the previous procedure which only allowed appointments to be scheduled by calling the USCIS Contact Center.  You can access…

Filing I-751 Petitions for included Children

Posted on Aug 02, 2023

I often receive inquiries from prospective clients who ask whether they need to file separate I-751 petitions to remove the conditional status of their children, or whether they can include their children in their own I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. The USCIS rule on this point is fairly simple: you may include your…

USCIS Advises to pay each Filing Fee Separately

Posted on Aug 02, 2023

USCIS has announced that they are transitioning to electronic processing of all requests for U.S. Immigration benefits which requires that they use multiple systems to process a package of forms. As such, USCIS now recommends that applicants and petitioners pay each filing fee separately. USCIS further advises that they may reject the entire package of…

DACA Recipients may soon be eligible for government subsidized healthcare benefits under New Rule.

Posted on Apr 17, 2023

On April 13, 2023, the Biden Administration announced a new initiative to roll out government-sponsored healthcare benefits for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (known as DACA).  Available benefits would include access to Medicaid, the children’s health insurance program, and subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. This is a major victory for…

New USCIS Mail Delivery Process allows some Immigrants to receive I-551 stamps by Mail

Posted on Mar 22, 2023

On March 16, 2023, USCIS announced that certain eligible permanent residents may now receive temporary written evidence of their lawful permanent resident status by mail, rather than by having to obtain the evidence by visiting a field office in person. Under the previous policy, permanent residents who wanted to obtain written evidence of their status…

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance to Clarify the Applicability of the 1-year Physical Presence Requirement for Refugees and Asylees applying for Adjustment of Status.

Posted on Feb 05, 2023

Existing USCIS policy requires asylees and refugees to demonstrate that they have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year after being granted asylum or being admitted as a refugee in order to be eligible to adjust status and obtain permanent residence in the U.S. However, despite this similar requirement, USCIS guidance…

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…

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