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USCIS Fees Increase 21 Percent on 12/23/2016

By |November 3rd, 2016|Immigration Lawyer|

USCIS has finalized plans to raise filing fees for almost all of its filing forms on 12/23/2016. Although the increases represent a weighted average of 21% above the current fees, the changes range from a modest 8% for Naturalization (N-400) to over 100% for children seeking proof of US Citizenship status obtained via parents (N-600/N-600k). A detailed breakdown of new [...]

USCIS Accepting Immigration Filing Fee by Credit Card

By |November 22nd, 2015|Immigration Lawyer|

While it is seldom ideal to use credit for things you won't immediately be able to pay off, it's a fact of life that Americans rely on credit for major, or even day-to-day, purchases. If using a credit card means that a client will be able to immigrate their loved one much sooner, financial best practices often [...]

Parole in Place and Adjustment of Status for Military

By |November 19th, 2013|Adjustment of Status (AOS)|

Like magic, Parole in Place (PIP) turns someone who entered the country without inspection (EWI) into an inspected alien without them ever having to set foot outside the US. This is important because, with very few exceptions, one must have a lawful admission to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (green card). Without it, someone [...]

Handling of Immigration Lawyer Calls at USCIS Improves

By |September 22nd, 2011|Immigration Lawyer, Uncategorized|

As an immigration lawyer, the ability to quickly access information from USCIS is vital to my job. Although their website does offer valuable information such as which version of immigration forms have been retired, the current filing fees and general processing times, an immigration lawyer often needs information about a specific case. Sometimes we can [...]

Adjustment of Status on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

By |June 29th, 2011|Adjustment of Status (AOS)|

Last year I wrote about the dangers of applying for adjustment of status if you had overstayed the visa waiver program. I'm happy to report that adjustment of status green card processing for VWP participants has undergone some positive changes in the past few months. Prior to 2009, spouses, parents and children of US Citizens [...]

Green card wait gets longer for some applicants

By |March 10th, 2011|Green Card|

Despite an exciting summer and fall, when the wait for a green card for some family-based applicants had widdled down to less than a year, things continue to slide backward. Although immediate relatives of US citizens (i.e. parents, children and spouses) are immediately eligible to apply for a green card, other family members must wait [...]