USCIS Reminds Applicants for Travel Documents to Apply Early

What is an Advance Parole document?  With the word ‘parole’, does it have something to do with jail? Clients have jokingly pointed out that they are not in jail when told that they need an Advance Parole document to travel outside the United States.  Actually, the Advance Parole document has nothing to do with jail.  It is simply the legal term for a travel...
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USCIS Ombudsman Update on Derivative I-485 Applications

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Ombudsman issued an update on what you can do if your I-485 Application for Adjustment has been approved but a family member’s I-485 remains pending.  If a family member’s derivative I-485 adjustment of status application has been pending in excess of 30 days from the approval date of your I-485 case, you should submit the...
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Representative Gutierrez Outlines Principles for a New Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

On October 13, 2009, Representative Luis Gutierrez from Illinois outlined core principles in a comprehensive immigration reform bill he plans on introducing later this year.  Once the entire bill is introduced, we will analyze it to determine if it actually fixes our broken immigration system.  For now, here is the text of Rep. Gutierrez’s press release. (Washington DC) At a rally...
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USCIS Changes Filing Location of Forms I-600 and I-600A

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new address for prospective adoptive parents to submit Form I 600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, and Form I 600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition.  Applicants have a 30-day transition period before USCIS will return incorrectly filed petitions.  Applicants were previously...
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DOS Releases November 2009 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its November 2009 Visa Bulletin. Drumroll, please. All employment-based categories stayed mostly the same from the previous month.  If there was forward movement, it was merely by a few days or a few months.  The biggest news is that the worldwide category under employment-based category two (EB2) stayed...
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