News & Updates

Mission Statement from USCIS Director, Ur Jaddou:

“USCIS upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome andpossibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve.” WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services DirectorUr M. Jaddou announced the agency’s new mission statement. Last year,USCIS leadership empowered employees to submit words that they feltbest illustrated the agency’s work. The new mission statement is...

From USCIS: Update on COVID-19 Omicron Variant

From USCIS: Update on COVID-19 Omicron Variant Due to increased spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, USCIS field offices may need to reschedule appointments based on local conditions. We will send notices to applicants and petitioners with previously scheduled appointments for interviews and naturalization ceremonies if we need to reschedule....

Immigration Court has suspended all standing orders through Jan. 31, 2022 in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Immigration Court has suspended all standing orders through Jan. 31, 2022 in light of the ongoing pandemic. Hearing will be held via WebEx or Phone forNon-detained people who have Attorneys and Detained people. People (respondents) do not need to be in the same location as their Attorneys. Hearings will be postponed for Non-detained people who do not have Attorneys If...

EB-5 Update January 5, 2022

On January 5, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed on unopposed motion to dismiss DHS’ appeal of Behring Regional Center LLC v. Alejandro N. Mayorkas, et al. (formerly Behring Regional Center LLC v. Wolf, 20-cv-09263-JSC). This is welcome news and clears up questions and uncertainty for pending I-526 petitions that may have been impacted...

Dept. of State (Embassies) issued a temporary rule where in person interviews and OATH may be waived by consular officers of certain repeat immigrant visa applicants due to COVID19 – effective 12/13/21 through 12/13/23.

Dept. of State (Embassies) issued a temporary rule where in person interviews and OATH may be waived by consular officers of certain repeat immigrant visa applicants due to COVID19 - effective 12/13/21 through 12/13/23 To qualify for the discretionary in-person waiver, an applicant must: Have been issued a U.S. immigrant...

Benefits of Becoming a US Citizen

Legal permanent residents, commonly known as green card holders, have the option of applying for naturalization to become a full-fledged citizen of the United States. Individuals who received their green card through marriage to a citizen can apply for naturalization after 3 years of being a legal permanent resident. All...

Immigration Law: Statutes vs. Regulations vs. Memos

Immigration law can be challenging to understand, particularly for someone with a foreign background. Nowadays, there are plenty of resources available for immigrants – videos, articles and the statutes & regulations themselves. But how can you ensure that what you’re reading is the government’s interpretation of a law, and not...