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 … Read moreEmergencies or Unforeseen Circumstances

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 … Read moreUSCIS Enhancing Transparency Introducing myProgress for Application Tracking

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

New USCIS Forms

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 … Read moreNew USCIS Form Editions (Form I-601A, G-325A, & I-907)

 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 … Read more 540-Day Automatic Extension Rule Ends Today

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 … Read moreEmployment Authorization Documents (EAD) Validity Extended to 5 Years

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 … Read moreEmployment Authorization


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