Urgent Time Sensitive News for Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents

For the first or perhaps the second time in the last 10 years, all priority dates for Family-based Category 2A will be current—for the month of August at least. Family-based category 2A includes spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of Lawful Permanent Residents. This news is particularly relevant to spouses and children of LPRs who are living in the US legally in nonimmigrant...
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August 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its August 2013 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in...
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USCIS Redesigns Replacement Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing redesigned certificates for citizenship and naturalization for individuals who request replacement certificates (Form N-561, Replacement Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-570, Replacement Certificate of Naturalization). The replacement certificates incorporate state-of-the-art technology to help deter counterfeiting, prevent...
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Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

In United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment. Section 3 of DOMA limited the definition of marriage to opposite-sex unions for couples seeking federal benefits.  As a result of the Court’s decision, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can now sponsor qualified...
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