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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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  • Emergencies or Unforeseen Circumstances

    Unforeseen circumstances, such as natural catastrophes (hurricanes, wildfires, severe weather, etc.), national emergencies (public health emergencies), severe illness, or conflicts abroad, can sometimes affect the processing of your USCIS application, petition, or immigration request. USCIS has discretion to take the below measures on a case-by-case basis upon request, if you have been affected by an…

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  • USCIS Enhancing Transparency Introducing myProgress for Application Tracking

    USCIS Enhancing Transparency Introducing myProgress for Application Tracking

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a significant stride towards improving the application processing experience with the introduction of myProgress, formerly known as personalized processing times. What is myProgress? myProgress offers enhanced transparency for applicants, allowing them to track the progress of their Form I-485 or Form I-821 in real-time. This…

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  • New USCIS Form Editions (Form I-601A, G-325A, & I-907)

    New USCIS Form Editions (Form I-601A, G-325A, & I-907)

    On November 13, 2023, USCIS released a new edition of the Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. The new edition is the 08/31/21. You can find the edition date of a form on the bottom of the page. See uscis.gov/forms/forms-update for information about updates to USCIS forms. On October 31, 2023, USCIS announced…

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  •  540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends Today

     540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends Today

     540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends October 26, 2023 On May 3, 2022, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) increasing the automatic extension period for certain Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal applications to up to 540 days. The TFR ends today, October 26, 2023. Eligible applicants who filed before October 26, 2023 will receive the 540-day extension.  Eligible applicants who…

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  • Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Validity Extended to 5 Years

    Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Validity Extended to 5 Years

    USCIS has updated guidance in the Policy Manual to increase the maximum validity period to 5 years for initial and renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for certain noncitizens who are employment authorized incident to status or circumstance, including those admitted as refugees, paroled as refugees, and granted asylum, as well as recipients of withholding of removal. EAD’s…

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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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  • FORM I-485 CHECKLIST FROM USCIS

    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…

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