Extension and Redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

On September 22, 2023, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent individuals from safely returning. This will allow as many as 472,000 migrants from Venezuela to live and work legally … Read moreExtension and Redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

Asylum Interview Interpreter Requirements Updated

USCIS announced to policies that will be taking effect on September 13, 2023. Anyone attending an asylum interview after September 13, 2023, will be required to bring an interpreter to their interview if they are not able to do the interview in English. See the new affirmative asylum interpreter requirements below. AFFIRMATIVE ASYLUM INTERPRETER REQUIREMENTS … Read moreAsylum Interview Interpreter Requirements Updated


ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS (I-485) CHECKLIST USCIS sent out an email linking to their new page with this checklist. The USCIS.gov website states: Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-485. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that … Read moreFORM I-485 CHECKLIST FROM USCIS

Employment Authorization Eligibility Category Codes

USCIS EAD CATEGORY CODES An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) also referred to as a “Work Permit” by some people, allows the person to legally work in the U.S., usually while their application with USCIS is pending adjudication. To get your EAD you must submit a Form I-765 to USCIS, which will ask you for your … Read moreEmployment Authorization Eligibility Category Codes

Residency Category Codes

IMMIGRANT CLASSES OF ADMISSION A lawful permanent resident (LPR) or “green card” recipient may live and work anywhere in the United States and may apply to become U.S. citizens if they meet certain eligibility and admissibility requirements. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides several broad classes of admission for foreign nationals to gain LPR … Read moreResidency Category Codes

FAQ: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ADJUST STATUS TO A LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT THROUGH SIJS? In order to adjust status as a special immigrant juvenile, the applicant must: 1) be eligible to adjust status, 2) have an immediately available visa, and 3) demonstrate that they merit a favorable exercise of discretion. WHAT IS MY PRIORITY DATE AND … Read moreFAQ: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Reschedule A USCIS Biometrics Appointment

HOW TO RESCHEDULE YOUR USCIS BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT Your biometrics appointment is for you USCIS to collect your fingerprints and a photograph of you for running security clearances and checking your identity and criminal record. Your biometrics appointment notice will arrive on USCIS Form I-797C with a location of a biometrics service center as well as … Read moreReschedule A USCIS Biometrics Appointment

Documents Checklist for Naturalization Application

Application for Naturalization for U.S. Citizenship Form:  N-400                  Online: Online application is available but not required Filing Fee: $640         Biometrics Fee: $85 biometrics fee  (Total Fee: $725) Do not send original documents unless specifically requested. TRANSLATIONS:   If you submit any documents (copies … Read moreDocuments Checklist for Naturalization Application

USCIS Pushing Online FOIA Requests Hard

The Freedom of Information Act 5 U.S.C. § 552, is the United States’ federal law that requires the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased or uncirculated information and documents controlled by the U.S. Federal Government upon request [full text of 5 U.S.C.§552]. The act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures, … Read moreUSCIS Pushing Online FOIA Requests Hard

Temporary Protected Status Extension and Redesignation for Ukraine & El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

Temporary Protected Status Extension and Redesignation for Ukraine On Aug. 18, 2023, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation of Ukraine for TPS for 18 months. The extension of TPS for Ukraine allows current beneficiaries to retain TPS through April 19, 2025, if they meet eligibility requirements. Existing beneficiaries of TPS for Ukraine seeking … Read moreTemporary Protected Status Extension and Redesignation for Ukraine & El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

Passport Style Photos For USCIS

Visa photo for USCIS template

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE “PASSPORT STYLE PHOTOGRAPHS” THAT USCIS REQUIRES WITH CERTAIN APPLICATIONS AND VISA PETITIONS? USCIS requires that you provide photographs of yourself with your visa petition or with certain immigration benefit applications (asylum, adjustment of status, employment authorization, and others). Below are USCIS’ requirements for the “passport-style photographs” that must be … Read morePassport Style Photos For USCIS