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  • USCIS Updates Policy Manual on Immigrant Visa Petitions

    Family immigration petitions can be complex due to a variety of factors such as legal requirements, documentation, and the various steps involved in the process. Understanding the intricacies of filing a petition for immigration will help to make sure the process is smooth and as fast as possible.  Understanding the New Updates USCIS has made […]
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  • DHS Modernizes the Cuban and Haitian Family Reunification Processes

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced updates aimed at providing greater convenience and hope for those seeking family reunification. In an effort to embrace modern technology and meet current demands, DHS has released notices in the Federal Register detailing the modernization of the Cuban and Haitian family reunification parole (FRP) processes. These updates […]
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  • USCIS Expands myProgress to Form I-765 and Form I-131

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently announced the expansion of the myProgress tab (formerly known as personalized processing times) to Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The myProgress tab provides applicants with access, in their USCIS online account, to personalized estimates of their wait time for major […]
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  • Relationship Evidence for a Marriage-Based Green Card

    The first step of the marriage-based green card process is proving to the U.S. government that your marriage is bona fide. To do this, the U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident spouse must file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) along with evidence demonstrating the legitimacy of your […]
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  • U.S. Citizens Can File Form I-130 Petitions on Behalf of Afghan, Ethiopian, and Ukrainian Immediate Relatives Fleeing Conflict

    According to the U.S. Department of State, if you are a U.S. citizen who is physically present overseas with immediate family members from Ukraine, Ethiopia, or Afghanistan, you may request to locally file a Form I-130 petition at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate that can process immigrant visas. This new ruling applies only to […]
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  • USCIS Opens a New Lockbox Facility

    USCIS announced recently that they have opened a new lockbox facility in Elgin, Illinois, and are beginning to transition incoming work to the new facility. As of February 1, 2022, USCIS added Elgin as a filing location for certain applicants who are filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. In the next few […]
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  • How Long Will It Take To Get A Green Card?

    Having a Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. How long does the process take? Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli explains there are many factors that dictate how long you will wait. Watch the video below for more details. If you have […]
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  • Preparing for Your Marriage-Based Green Card Interview

    Obtaining lawful permanent resident status by marriage to a U.S. citizen is a multi-step process. The first step of the marriage-based Green Card process involves the filing of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Resident, by the U.S. Citizen spouse...
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  • An In-Depth Look at Direct Consular Filing

    A foreign national living abroad will typically start the family-based or marriage-based green card process by filing a Form I-130 petition with United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition will typically pend for about 6-12 months (subject to change) before an approval is issued. Once this petition is approved by USCIS, the application […]
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  • Marleen Pfeiffer & Juan Reyes US Green Card

    In May of 2016, Marleen Pfeiffer and her husband, Juan Reyes, reached out to Berardi Immigration Law. Marleen’s then fifteen-year-old son, Mads, was turned away from the U.S. border due to an accidental overstay on his ESTA. Mads was forced to remain in Denmark while his mother and step-father worked tirelessly to get him back […]
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