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Tagged: I-485 Application

Form I-485: Latest Victim of USCIS Form Changes

USCIS has a habit of making sweet and short forms much longer and more complicated. This is not to say that just because a form is short, it’s less complex. If you have dealt with US immigration before, you know that completing the forms correctly can make or break a case. In recent months, USCIS […]

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Do You Really Need My Birth Certificate for the Green Card Application?

When a foreign national is applying for permanent residence in the US, whether through consular processing or through adjustment of status in the US, a copy (and original) of the foreign national’s birth certificate is generally required. We list this document on our document checklists, and clients often say things like: I don’t have my […]

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File Now to Save! USCIS Publishes Proposed Filing Fee Increases!

On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a proposal to increase filing fees across the board to recoup the cost of processing immigration applications. UCIS filing fee amounts are reviewed every other year. USCIS last adjusted its fees in November 2010. The filing fees for the fiscal year 2017 are slated to increase an average of […]

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How To Get A Social Security Number and Driver’s License

 The social security number and driver’s license are critical documents that will make other aspects of your life easier, such as opening a bank account, applying for a residential lease, etc. However, you must have certain documents to obtain these. The information below is relevant for foreign nationals who are applying for permanent residence by […]

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How To Get A Social Security Number and Driver’s License

The social security number and driver’s license are critical documents that will make other aspects of your life easier, such as opening a bank account, applying for a residential lease, etc. However, you must have certain documents to obtain these. The information below is relevant for foreign nationals who are applying for permanent residence by […]

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Should I Submit the Medical Exam with My Employment-Based I-485 Filing?

We are thrilled that dozens of our clients can file the I-485 application for adjustment of status as of October 1, even though the priority date is not yet current (see this post). Many of our clients are wondering if they should submit the medical exam now, or wait until they receive an RFE for […]

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October 2015 Visa Bulletin Madness (and Gladness): Priority Dates, Final Action Dates, Filing Dates, EADs and More – Oh My!

The October 2015 visa bulletin was recently published. While the new visa bulletin is much anticipated each month, this month’s visa bulletin brought a much anticipated, major change: it is now possible to file the I-485 application for permanent residence before the priority date is current! What on earth does this mean? First, it is […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions for February 2014 and Beyond

The January 2014 visa bulletin was published this week. Sadly, it did not bring glad tidings of great joy, especially for India/EB-2. The Department of State’s Visa Office has recently provided the following information on recent demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories: There has been unprecedented demand for the India/EB-2 category, which explains the […]

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December 2013 Visa Bulletin: China and the EB-2/EB-3 Categories – Is a Downgrade Possible?

The December visa bulletin shows that the priority date for China EB-2 is 11/8/2008, while the priority date for China EB-3 is 10/1/2011 – almost three years ahead! This is an unusual circumstance. Most of the time the EB-2 classification is a faster classification, in the sense that the priority date is usually later than […]

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October 2013 Visa Bulletin: Change in Dates and Predictions for What’s Next

The October 2013 visa bulletin was recently published, and it brings both good and bad news. The bad news is that the F2A miracle has ended for now. That is, the F2A category for spouses and minor children of permanent residents has  a cut-off date for October 2013. However, the cut-off date is Sept 8 […]

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