Form I-693 is valid for 2 years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature. After the 2-year time frame, you must submit a new Form I-693 if USCIS has not adjudicated your Form I-485.

On 9/29/2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extendingtemporary waiver of the requirement that civil surgeons must sign FormI-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than60 days before an individual applies for the underlying immigration benefit(including Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence orAdjust Status).The waiver was...

Asylum Processing Rule is Now in Effect in the Courts and Asylum Offices of Seven Destination Cities – FAST TRACKED

A new rule went into effect on May 31, 2022. This rule radically alters the procedure for asylum seekers who are processed through expedited removal proceedings at the southern border. This rule is called Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers <https://www.aila.org/infonet/dhs-and-doj-interim-final-rule-asylum-processing>. Among...

The Chief Immigration Judge has issued this guidance to remove certain cases from the Court’s docket if they are not ripe for adjudication

The Chief Immigrarion Judge has issued this guidance to remove certain cases from the Courts' docket if they are not ripe for adjudication, to *"ensure the efficient disposition of all pending cases," including "to set priorities" for the resolution of cases, "to direct that adjudication of certain cases be deferred,"...

USCIS, DHS Is Currently Experiencing Delays In Issuing Receipts For Form I-589, Application For Asylum, And For Withholding of Removal

USCIS, DHS is currently experiencing delays in issuing receipts for Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal - https://www.uscis.gov/i-589 Due to these delays, you may not receive a receipt notice in a timely manner after you properly file your Form I-589. For purposes of the asylum one-year...

Important News/Updates

1. According to a Stay order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on June 24, 2022, all pre-authorized Regional Centers *remain valid and are eligible to sponsor new EB-5 investors (and file Form I-526 petitions) *otherwise compliant with relevant RIA provisions 2. On June 24,...

Automatic Extension of Work Permits by 540 days 

People in certain employment eligibility categories who 1. timely file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to renew their Work Permits may receive up to 540-day automatic extension of their EAD validity. 2. The renewal application must be for the same employment eligibility Category Code as the current EAD, except...

DOYLE MEMORANDUM – DISMISS /TERMINATE NONPRIORITY CASES EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 25, 2022

On April 3, 2022, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Principal Legal Advisor Kerry E. Doyle issued a memorandum to all ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) attorneys providing guidance on exercising prosecutorial discretion (PD) in removal proceedings (Doyle Memorandum). It is effective from April 25, 2022 and implements...

USCIS Premium Processing Expansion 2022

USCIS PREMIUM PROCESSING EXPANSION 2022: Possible implementation date: June 1, 2022 Case Types: I-765s, I-539s (F-1, M-1, Js, H-4s, E-2 dep, L-2s etc.) Fees: Note in the Table Below: Form Number  Description of Eligible Applications Fee Timeframe Form I-140  EB-1 – Multinational Executive or Manager (EB-1C) EB-2 – Members of...