News & Updates

For U Visa Applicants:

Answers to Questions about EADs, 4 years or 2 years, Green Card period etc.: Under the new Guidance issued on June 15, 2021,  People can get Work Permits (EADs) once they have been fingerprinted if USCIS determined the application is Bonafide.The EAD issued is in (c)(14) category known as 'Deferred...

USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months with Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829

Starting Sept. 4, 2021, USCIS is extending the time that receipt notices can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status....

EB-5 UPDATE 08/23/2021:

Today USCIS filed a motion to appeal the decision the Northern District Court of California made on June 23rd in the Behring Regional Center Lawsuit on the last day it was allowed. You may see this motion directly at this link. The good news is that since the USCIS did not file...

The Effects of Deportation on Children

Deportation has a devastating impact on the lives of children and their mental health. Having a parent or caregiver deported can lead to discrimination, poverty, fear, health issues and lower school performance. Between 2009 and 2013, over 5.3 million children in the U.S. had at least one undocumented parent, even...

EB-5 Guidelines by USCIS post Behring Regional Center LLC v. Wolf decision:

USCIS is applying the EB-5 Investor Program regulations that were in effect before the rule was changed on Nov. 21, 2019, including:  ·         The minimum investment amount of $500,000 in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) and $1 million in a metropolitan area; ·         State designations of high unemployment TEAs; and ·         Prior USCIS procedures for the removal of...

The $500,000 EB-5 ruling

A Judge orders a return to $500,000 On June 22, 2021, the EB-5 new July 2019 Rule, which had become effective in November, 2019, was vacated by Judge Jacqueline Corley of the US District Court Northern District of California – the Rule is no more and never really was.The July...

All U Visa Applicants with pending U Visas can apply for EAD (Work permit) if their petitions are found bona fide by USCIS:

The principal petitioner properly filed Form I-918, including Form I-918B U Nonimmigrant Status Certification; The principal petitioner properly filed a personal statement from the petitioner describing the facts of the victimization; and The result of the principal petitioner’s biometrics has been received. USCIS will issue employment authorization and deferred action if, after conducting and...

USCIS Updates Process to Reschedule Biometric Services Appointments

USCIS announced that applicants, petitioners, requestors, and beneficiaries may now call the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283) to reschedule their biometric services appointments scheduled at a USCIS ASC. Previously, applicants had to submit requests in writing to reschedule biometrics appointments. For tips to help you navigate the USCIS Contact Center, see: Tips...

International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program Reinstated

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program, first introduced in 2017, will remain a viable program for foreign entrepreneurs to create and develop start-up entities with high growth potential in the United States. Under the IE program, Parole may be granted to up to three entrepreneurs...