Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Family-based Immigration

What to Expect When Placing a Service Request with USCIS

We carefully monitor the status of the cases that we have filed with USCIS for our clients. Occasionally, if a case is not proceeding as expected or we encounter another issue that needs to be addressed by USCIS, we may find it necessary to place a Service Request. USCIS allows the following reasons for Service […]

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NTA Policy On Hold — For Now

Earlier this month, we wrote about two new major policy changes with US immigration: 1) a policy memo was issued that directed USCIS to issue a Notice to Appear (NTA) when a petition or application was denied, leaving the beneficiary or applicant out of status, and 2) a memo allowing USCIS officers to flat out […]

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Double Down: New Dangers of Deportation Even for Legal Immigrants- Proceed with Great Caution

These are difficult times in the US immigration landscape, even for foreign nationals who are in the US legally. We often hear in the news about the separation of children whose parents are seeking asylum in the US, the de-naturalization task force, or processing backlogs. We hear less in the news about the new restrictionist, […]

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I-751 Conditional Residence Processing Delays, Receipt Delays, and a Solution?

USCIS has traditionally taken a long time to process the I-751 petitions to remove the conditions on a marriage-based green card — we typically tell clients it will take around a year if everything goes as expected. However, in this current presidential administration, almost everything immigration-related is taking longer, and this includes I-751 processing. When […]

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USCIS Secure Mail Delivery: Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!

By Cyndi Dambacher & Nikita Hernandez of Sumner Immigration Law Effective immediately USCIS will begin phasing in United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents. What does this mean for you? If you are waiting for a Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green […]

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What’s New with USCIS Processing Times?

It’s no secret that USCIS processing times have increased across the board for nearly all types of immigration filings in the past year or so. It can be frustrating for employers, employees, and family members who are anxiously awaiting a decision on a case from USCIS. USCIS has announced a pilot program to try to […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions for June 2018 and Beyond!

Each month the American Immigration Lawyers Association has a “check-in” with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the curtain of the visa bulletin. During this check-in, Mr. Oppenheim provides us with his own insights and analysis of current green card demand, and predictions about what might happen in the coming months. In April 2018, Mr. Oppenheim […]

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What You Can Do While Waiting For The Work Permit Approval

By Nikita Hernandez, Paralegal at Sumner Immigration Law Generally speaking, when a person applies for a green card in the US by submitting the I-485 application for adjustment of status, they cannot work in the US until they receive the work permit (also known as an employment authorization document, or EAD) in hand. Unfortunately, USCIS […]

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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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Beware of Immigration Scams!

We have heard reports from clients and the immigration community at large about on-going immigration scams targeting foreign nationals in the US. These scams can take many forms. One of the more common scams involves the foreign national, often here in valid immigration status, receiving a call from someone who says they are an immigration […]

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