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  • Temporary Asylum Location Opening in Oakland, California

    Temporary Asylum Location Opening in Oakland, California

    May 13, 2024, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the San Francisco Asylum Office will be opening a temporary location in Oakland, California. In announcement made on Monday, May 13, 2024:   USCIS’ San Francisco Asylum Office is opening an additional temporary location in Oakland, California. Effective May 15, 2024, asylum applicants under the…

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  • Final Rule For T Nonimmigrant Status

    Final Rule For T Nonimmigrant Status

    This rule is effective on Aug. 28, 2024, and applies to benefit requests that are pending or filed on or after that date. T Nonimmigrant Status (T Visa) A T visa is a type of visa allowing certain victims of human trafficking (which includes both labor trafficking and sex trafficking) and immediate family members to…

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  • Form G-1145 E-Notification

    Form G-1145 E-Notification

    What is Form G-1145? Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, is a one-page form on which you provide your name, mobile phone number, and email address. You then submit the form with your petition or application that you are filing with USCIS so that you will receive an SMS or email informing you of when…

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  • Form I-693 Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Valid Indefinitely

    Form I-693 Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Valid Indefinitely

    A Form I-693 filed on or after November 1, 2023, will not expire and can be used indefinitely. A Form I-693 filed prior to November 1, 2023, continues to retain evidentiary value but expires two (2) years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature.

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  • Updated USCIS Processing Time Data

    Updated USCIS Processing Time Data

    USCIS released updated case processing time averages April 3, 2024. A chart and graph of the median processing times for some common forms are below showing 2022 (blue), 2023 (red), and thus far in 2024 (green) as of today. FORM Classification or Basis for Filing 2022 2023 2024 I-765 Based on a pending asylum application…

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  • Third Gender Option Added to Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    Third Gender Option Added to Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    The 04/01/24 edition of Form N-400 is the first USCIS form to include the “X” gender option. Today, April 1, 2024, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made a big announcement that we hope isn’t a bad April Fool’s Day joke of some kind. USCIS’ update to their policies take effect immediately. Applicants filing…

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  • New USCIS Filing Fees Take Effect April 1, 2024

    New USCIS Filing Fees Take Effect April 1, 2024

    New USCIS Filing Fees and policies take effect April 1, 2024. Some USCIS Forms have new Form Editions taking effect April 1, 2024 with no grace period. Updates to USCIS Filing Fees Most forms filed online are discounted by $50 now.  Most forms now have the $85 biometric services costs incorporated into the main benefit…

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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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  • New Filing Fees Starting April 1, 2024

    New Filing Fees Starting April 1, 2024

    The new fees will go into effect on April 1, 2024. Click here for the New Filing Fee Schedule or download the pdf. Final Rule U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016. The final rule will allow…

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  • USCIS Reduced Its Backlog for the First Time in Over a Decade

    USCIS Reduced Its Backlog for the First Time in Over a Decade

    USCIS completed over 10 million cases in 2023. This information is according to a press release from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The press release states: In FY 2023, USCIS received 10.9 million filings and completed more than 10 million pending cases– both record-breaking numbers in the agency’s history. In doing so, USCIS…

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  • USCIS Policy Alert: Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residents

    USCIS Policy Alert: Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residents

    USCIS Policy Alert, PA-2023-33, dated December 12, 2023https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/policy-manual-updates/20231212-Family-BasedCPRs.pdf U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding family-based conditional permanent residents. The update clarifies what noncitizens must do to change the basis of filing in cases of waivers based on battery or extreme cruelty. It also clarifies that if…

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