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  • How to Update Your Personal Information With USCIS

    How to Update Your Personal Information With USCIS

    Changing Personal Information With USCIS If there are changes to your personal information that you need to update with USCIS such as your name and/or gender you have two potential options. If you have been scheduled for an interview at a USCIS Field Office, you can update your information at that interview. Otherwise, you can…

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  • I-94

    I-94

    What is a Form I-94? Form I-94 is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to aliens who are admitted to the U.S., whoare adjusting status while in the U.S. or extending their stay, among other things Foreign visitors to the U.S. no longer need to complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record or…

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  • U.S. Immigration Law Acronyms

    Acronyms ACC Assistant Chief Counsel Government attorneys that represent the Department of Homeland Security, ICE at EOIR removal proceedings. A Number A File “A” Number or “A” File is short for alien number or alien file. Every foreign national inside of the United States who has had contact with USCIS, ICE, or CBP will be…

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  • The Convention Against Torture

    WHAT IS THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE (CAT)? You may have seen or heard the term CAT in connection to the asylum process, but what is it? Introduction The first step in seeking asylum protection in the U.S. is to file an I-589 asylum application. On the Form I-589 asylum application there is a little checkbox…

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  • Employment Authorization

    Employment Authorization

    Who Qualifies for a Work Permit in the United States? Only individuals with legal residency (green cards), U.S. citizenship, or specific types of work visas are eligible to work in the U.S. without obtaining an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) beforehand. Additionally, only a limited number of individuals will meet the criteria for obtaining a work…

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  • FAQ: Dual Citizenship

    Questions and answers regarding dual citizenship with the United States and potential ways you could lose your U.S. citizenship.

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  • Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

    Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

    Congress created TPS as part of the Immigration Act of 1990. The law, found at 8 U.S.C. § 1254a, allows the Secretary, after consultation with appropriate agencies of the Government, to designate a country (or part of a country) for TPS due to ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

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  • U VISA QUESTIONS

    U VISA QUESTIONS

    Questions & Answers: U Nonimmigrant Status What forms do I need? Principal Applicants: ► Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status ► Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification ► Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant (if your client is inadmissible under any ground found at INA § 212(a))…

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  • Petty Offense Exception

    Petty Offense Exception

    The “petty offense exception” applied to a person with only one conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT). Since so many offenses can be classified as crimes involving moral turpitude, many noncitizens risk being excluded even for minor convictions. Coming within the Petty Offense Exception is one way to avoid this exclusion. This exception…

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  • FAQ: Freedom of Information Act

    ASK A QUESTION Have a question that isn’t answered on this page? submit your question using this form and it will be added to the page. If you provide your email we will send the answer to your email as well (your email address will not be shared with anyone). Please enable JavaScript in your…

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  • FAQs: Family Reunification Parole

    FAQs: Family Reunification Parole

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING Family Reunification Parole (FRP)

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  • FAQ: U Visa Bona Fide Determination Process

    Questions About the Bona Fide Determination Process for Form I-918 U Nonimmigrant Petitions from USCIS Q1. What is the bona fide determination process? A1. By statute, USCIS has discretion to provide employment authorization to noncitizens with pending, bona fide U nonimmigrant status petitions. In June 2021, we implemented the bona fide determination process with the goal of conducting…

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