Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Permanent Residence (Green Cards)

USCIS Fee Changes Halted as of 9/29/2020

The new regulation that would have increased USCIS filing fees by a weighted average of 21%, among other changes, has been enjoined by a federal court as of late on Tuesday, September 29th. We wrote about the new regulation in August on this post. This means that the new regulation, with the new USCIS filing […]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin: FAQs for I-485 Preparation

Our office is in full swing I-485 prep mode, helping clients old and new file the I-485 application for adjustment of status, and sometimes a concurrent I-140 downgrade. We are list the Frequently Asked Questions and answers here, as a point of reference. If you would like more information from us about the I-485 process, […]

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Can I downgrade my EB-2 I-140 petition to EB-3?

With the October 2020 visa bulletin dropping this morning, we’ve received lots of questions about whether it’s possible to file an I-140 petition “downgrade” to EB-3. The answer is yes, it likely is! This refers to a situation in which a foreign national has an I-140 petition approved in the EB-2 category (for positions that […]

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October Visa Bulletin Is Out: But What’s Next?

As immigration law professionals, we have been sitting on the edge of our seats for days now, waiting for the October visa bulletin to be released. It finally dropped early the morning, and it looks like it’s good news for thousands of would-be green card applicants, who may finally be able to file their I-485 […]

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Form I-944 Fun: The Latest Update from USCIS

The Form I-944 relating to Trump’s “new” requirements on the public charge has been required for most adjustment of status filings, then not required, and all over the place in between due to ongoing federal litigation for most of 2020. We last wrote about it in August, when it was announced that it was not […]

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USCIS Filing Fee Changes, Premium Processing Timeline Changes, New Forms, and More!

On Monday, August 3rd, USCIS will publish the final rule (regulation) outlining the filing fee changes, and other changes, that will become effective October 2, 2020. Why is USCIS Changing the Filing Fees? USCIS reviews and sometimes changes the filing fees associated with filing for different kinds of immigration benefits once every few years. At […]

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Certain Agency Requests

Due to COVID-19, USCIS previously announced in March that the agency would allow flexibility in responding to certain agency requests by the listed deadline in order to assist applicants and petitioners. USCIS has chosen to extend the deadline flexibility to September. This flexibility applies to the below requests if the issuance date listed on the […]

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USCIS Furlough: What Will Happen?

USCIS has reportedly emailed notice to thousands of USCIS employees that they may be furloughed beginning August 3, 2020. The agency says that they are facing a budget shortfall, and that if they don’t receive emergency funding of $1.2 billion from Congress, they will have to furlough up to 13,400 employees beginning in August. USCIS […]

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Spreading the Wealth: Immigration Increases Employment Rates for U.S. Workers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In light of recent immigration restrictions, we would like to remind everyone of the economic benefit (among many other benefits) that immigrants bring to the United States. Recently, the Business Roundtable created a study examining the positive economic impact that immigration creates. The report found that immigration increases: […]

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When Will USCIS Reopen? June 2020 Update

By Samantha Davis & Nikita Hernandez On June 18, 2020 USCIS held a webinar open to the public to discuss their reopening procedures and intended schedules. Please see a summary below and how it may affect your case. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application […]

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