Evidence of a Bona Fide Marriage

When you’re filing a marriage-based immigration petition with USCIS, or applying for a marriage-based visa with the U.S. Department of State, you must include sufficient evidence of a bona fide marriage. That means you must include sufficient e… Read More
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USCIS Fee Changes - File Now!

File now to avoid the USCIS fee changes! In January 2023 we wrote about the proposed rule that would significantly increase USCIS filing fees. Emily also posted about the impending higher USCIS fees on her LinkedIn page a few weeks ago. The time has… Read More
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Vaccination Requirements for the Green Card!

What are the vaccination requirements for the green card? Filing for a U.S. green card can be a complex process with lots of moving parts, including one that may be unexpected: the medical exam. The medical exam is a formal step of the process to ens… Read More
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Applying for a U.S. Green Card for Your Parents

Applying for a U.S. green card for your parents can be a great way for them to join your family in the U.S. long-term. This can allow them to spend time with family, and can allow the family to take care of them in their later years. Here are some th… Read More
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USCIS Expands myProgress to I-821 and I-485

USCIS expands myProgress to I-821 and I-485! Did you know you can check the status of your pending USCIS case on myProgress, and it will give you personalized estimates of wait time for major milestones and actions on your case? You must first create… Read More
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Five Tips for Your Marriage-Based Green Card Filing

Getting married is a life-changing experience. Moving to a new country (or deciding to stay permanently) is also life-changing. Add those two together, and you’re in for an exciting but challenging ride! Read on for five tips for your marriage-… Read More
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H-1B or L-1 Visa to Marriage-Based Green Card: Five Things to Know

It’s not uncommon for a foreign national here in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, L-1 visa, or other temporary visa classification (F-1, E-2, J-1, etc.) to fall in love with a U.S. citizen or green card holder, get married, and apply for a marriage-ba… Read More
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Reschedule Your Biometrics Appointment Online!

By Nikita St. Amour, Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal You can now reschedule your biometrics appointment online! USCIS recently launched a new self-service biometric services appointment rescheduling tool on my.uscis.gov. If you needed to reschedule… Read More
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My Immigrant Visa Validity Is Shortened!

By Nikita St. Amour, Immigration Paralegal Congratulations, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for–your immigrant visa has been approved! But wait, the immigrant visa validity is less than six months?! What gives? Per the U.S. Depa… Read More
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USCIS Proposed Fee Increase!

New year, new USCIS fees! USCIS has recently announced proposed changes to their filing fee schedule. Why Is USCIS Increasing Filing Fees? USCIS claims that they must increase filing fees to keep up with operational costs to timely process cases. If… Read More
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