Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Tagged: Permanent Residence

Breaking News: USCIS Fees Are Increasing – File Now or Forever Pay Higher Fees!

In May 2016, USCIS issued a new proposed rule that would increase USCIS filing fees for the first time since 2010. The comment period on the proposed rules has ended, and USCIS has published an advance copy of the final rule. We anticipate that the final rule will become effective on December 23, 2016. The […]

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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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Visa Bulletin Predictions for the New Year – 2016!

Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the Visa Bulletin, met with AILA recently to discuss his predictions for the Visa Bulletin in the New Year. The highlights are as follows: EB-2 India: The EB-2 India priority date moved up by ten months in December, which is huge. The date also advanced by 8 months to February […]

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October Visa Bulletin Sadness: Visa Bulletin Rescinded and New (Older) Dates Prevail

We are writing with heavy hearts to announce that the October visa bulletin as  originally published has been rescinded and replaced with a new visa bulletin. The revised visa bulletin still has the two filing charts as the original one did. However, the  dates shown in the revised “filing date” chart have significantly retrogressed. This […]

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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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Immigration Reform Scam Alert!

There is no immigration reform or executive action right now, and no announcements of such coming up soon. Do not sign up or give money to anyone claiming to be able to prepare you for upcoming immigration changes! Now that the November elections are over, there is much chatter among immigration activists, political commentators, and […]

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July 2014 Visa Bulletin: Analysis & What to Do Next

The July 2014 Visa Bulletin was just published, and as usual, it brings a mixture of good, bad, and neutral news. For most categories, the priority dates stayed the same, retrogressed, or moved up a little. However, the big news for the July 2014 Visa Bulletin is the EB-2 India category, and the EB-3 Philippines […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions: June and July 2014 and Beyond

Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office recently provided the following predictions for upcoming visa bulletins, based on current usage. Please note that all predictions are subject to change depending on actual visa usage. F-2A (Family-Based, Second Preference A): The worldwide category and Mexico will retrogress soon. The worldwide date may move back […]

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How to choose an immigration attorney

Wondering what to look for when selecting an immigration attorney to help with your filing? Check out our list of questions to consider here!  We handle family-based and employment-based immigration matters, and we welcome your phone calls and emails. Please contact us at 804-396-3412 or at info@sumnerimmigration.com. We look forward to hearing from you!  

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What will happen to my F2A filing?

We have received many questions over the past few weeks and days about what will happen to F2A cases that were recently filed. Remember, in August and September, the F2A category was “current” meaning many spouses and minor children of permanent residents were able to file for permanent residence themselves.   However, the October visa […]

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