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Visa Bulletin: Effective Immediately, Many EB-1 Priority Dates Are No Longer Current

7/20/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

The Department of State announced in the August 2018 Visa Bulletin that a final action date of May 1, 2016 will go into effect immediately for EB-1 Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines. All six categories had current priority dates when the July 2018 Visa Bulletin was released. USCIS will continue to […]Read More >

Policy Alert: USCIS Will Issue More Foreign Nationals Notices to Appear in Immigration Court

7/9/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated guidance that changed the agency’s policy regarding which foreign nationals will be issued Form I-862, Notice to Appear (NTA). An NTA is issued to begin removal proceedings against an individual and instructs them to appear in front of an immigration judge for a hearing. Immigration […]Read More >

USCIS InfoPass Pilot Program Complicates Scheduling Process

7/3/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

A pilot program launched by USCIS is aimed at changing the InfoPass scheduling process. If these changes are ultimately implemented, it will make it increasingly difficult to interface with a USCIS officer. As background, InfoPass is a free online service offered by USCIS that allows you to schedule your own appointment with a USCIS immigration […]Read More >

Longer Processing Times Prompt USCIS to Update Policy

6/12/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

Conditional green card holders, take note: if you are applying for removal of conditions, USCIS has issued a policy change that will affect you. Petitioners filing Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status) will be sent a Form I-797 receipt notice […]Read More >

Policy Alert: USCIS Changes Requirements for Children Born to Unmarried Parents Outside the U.S. to Acquire Citizenship

4/20/2018 Written by SRW Lawyers

On April 18th, USCIS released policy guidance clarifying the requirements for children born to unmarried parents outside of the United States to acquire U.S. citizenship.  Specifically, the changes affect sections 301 and 309 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and address the following two issues: Changes to physical presence requirements in acquisition of citizenship […]Read More >