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  • USCIS Will Be Implementing a Risk-Based Approach to Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews

    On April 7th, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new policy that will allow the agency to adopt a risk-based approach when agents waive interviews for conditional permanent residents (CPR) who have filed a petition to remove the conditions on their residency status.  Beginning immediately, these new criteria will allow USCIS to […]
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  • USCIS Announces New Efforts to Reduce Backlogs

    Recently, USCIS has announced new efforts to combat the major backlogs in the immigration system brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. USCIS claims that these new efforts will provide for a fairer and more streamlined legal immigration process. One method to reduce backlog is an internal cycle time goal to track the […]
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  • USCIS Announces New Online Filing Procedures for DACA Renewals

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that individuals who have previously applied for and received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are now able to file their Form I-821D online. Form I-821D is known as the “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” form.  Currently, this new filing online option […]
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  • Re-Entry Permits: Keeping your Green Card during Long Term Travels

    Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are allowed to travel outside of the U.S. and spend time in foreign countries whenever they please. However, a problem may arise when an LPR needs to travel outside of the U.S. for six months or more. Should an LPR need to reside outside of the U.S. for six months or […]
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  • Department of Homeland Security Announces Expansion of Premium Processing

    As of March 29th, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new rule that will align premium processing with the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. The new rule will legitimize fees and adjudication timeframes that are set by Congress for the premium processing track. Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service that is […]
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  • USCIS Detaches Adjudication of EADs and Advance Paroles to Expedite EAD Issuance

    According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), it has received numerous reports from clients and members saying that they are receiving approved employment authorization documents (EADs) from USCIS, but they do not include advance parole (AP) travel authorization, even though the applicant requested both benefits. Previously, when an applicant requested both an EAD and […]
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  • USCIS Encourages Eligible Applicants to Switch their Employment-Based Categories

    USCIS is encouraging eligible applicants to consider transferring the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first or second employment-based preference categories. The first preference category is for priority workers, the second preference category is for noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional abilities. USCIS is asking this of eligible […]
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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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  • USCIS Announces a New Mission Statement

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ur M. Jaddou has recently announced that the agency has a new mission statement. This comes after a yearlong workplace campaign for USCIS employees to come up with statements that best illustrate the agency’s work.  The new mission statement reads as follows, “USCIS upholds America’s promise as a […]
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  • Summary of President Biden’s Immigration Policy Changes in 2021

    It’s been a little over a year since Joe Biden took office as the 46th President of the United States of America. President Biden ran his campaign on an agenda of undoing the previous Trump administration’s policies across the board. One hot-button issue in the election cycle was that of immigration. President Biden made quite […]
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