How Changes in the Visa Bulletin Impact When Family-Based Applicants Can Apply for Adjustment of Status

Effective October 1, 2015, there is a new procedure for determining when beneficiaries of family-based preference petitions can file applications for “Adjustment of Status” with USCIS. The new procedure will enable some beneficiaries to file for adjustment earlier than current procedures allow. However, the timing for approval of these adjustment applications will remain the same. This new...
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Definition of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology

USCIS issued a new policy clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS), who exercise authority over these issues, collaborated in the development of this policy. USCIS and DOS...
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DHS to Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States. Under this program U.S....
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F2A Category for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents Retrogresses

In our last newsletter, we reported that the Family-based Category 2A will be current for the months of August and September 2013. This allowed thousands of Lawful Permanent Residents to file applications for residency for their spouses and children under the age of 21. Unfortunately, due to the high demand, as of October 1st, 2013, the F2A category will regress slightly and have a cutoff date of...
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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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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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