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USCIS to use Final Action Dates in August

USCIS posted an announcement on its website stating that both family-based and employment-based adjustment of status applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2017.

Posted 9 weeks ago

Travel Ban - Revised Definition of Close Family

The Department of State has revised guidance of “close family” for purposes of the travel ban. The new definition of “close family” exempt from the ban now includes grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and first cousins.

Posted 9 weeks ago

August Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the August 2017 Visa Bulletin. As of today, USCIS has not advised whether, in August 2017, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family– or employment-based petitions based on filing or final action dates.
Posted 10 weeks ago
Posted 10 weeks ago

TPS - Haiti

On May 22, 2017, Homeland Security announced that TPS for eligible nationals of Haiti would be extended for a limited period of six months, effective July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018.

Posted 17 weeks ago

Scam Alert

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG hotline (1-800-323-8603). They then demand that the individual provide or verify personally identifiable information, often by telling individuals that they are victims of identity theft. For more information, visit

Posted 21 weeks ago

It is anticipated that an Executive Order (EO) will be signed this week relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees. The draft EO is titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” Among other provisions, if implemented as drafted, the EO would “suspend” the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry of nationals from certain designated countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, for 30 days from the date of the order.

Posted 34 weeks ago
Posted 41 weeks ago

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

Great news for many! Tomorrow, DHS will publish a final rule that will expand eligibility for provisional unlawful presence waivers to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the unlawful presence waiver and who can establish extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or parent.

Posted 60 weeks ago
Posted 65 weeks ago



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