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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

USCIS Updates Policy Manual for Submitting Form I-693

Please be advised that Policy Guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, is being revised by USCIS.  USCIS officers use Form I-693 to determine whether an applicant for an immigration benefit in the United States is inadmissible under the health-related grounds of inadmissibility.  As of November 1, 2018, the updated policy will go into effect.

As such, applicants filing an underlying application (i.e. Form I-485 for adjustment of status) will be required to submit Forms I-693 signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before submission of filing.  This will allow for a two-year period of validity following the civil surgeon’s signature date. Although USCIS will continue to retain the current two-year maximum validity period, a more effective way of calculating the validity period will be implemented in order to enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the number of requests to applicants for an updated Form I-693, including the reduction of delays in adjudicating underlying applications based on fewer requests for updated forms.


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Friday, September 28, 2018

USCIS to Begin Implementing New PM on NTAs on October 1, 2018


On September 26, 2018, USCIS issued an update that they will begin implementing their June 28th Policy Memorandum (PM) 602-0050.1 pertaining to the referral of cases and issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in cases involving “inadmissible and removable” individuals.  For more information about this new Policy Memorandum, please see our previous blog entry on this subject.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

USCIS Updates Standards for Issuance of Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny Petitions

On July 13, 2018, the USCIS posted a Policy Memorandum (PM), PM-602-0163 providing guidance to all USCIS employees regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without initially issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required original evidence on record failed to establish eligibility or was not submitted as requested.  The new PM is effective September 11, 2018 and applies to all applications, petitions, and requests apart from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) adjudications received after that date.

 


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Monday, June 18, 2018

USCIS extends validity of permanent resident status to 1.5 years (previously 1 year) after filing I-751 or I-829

In light of the recent increase in the USCIS processing times for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, and Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, beginning June 11, 2018, USCIS will begin issuing Form I-751 or I-829 receipt notices valid for 18 months (previously 12) past the expiration date printed on the conditional Permanent Resident Card (“green card”) after filing a Form I-751 or I-829.

Additionally, USCIS will issue new receipt notices to eligible conditional permanent residents whose Forms I-751 or I-829 were still pending as of June 11, 2018. Those receipt notices will also serve as evidence of continued status for 18 months past the Permanent Resident Card expiration date.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

USCIS Implementing More Secure Mail Delivery Service


USCIS has announced that it will begin to use U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents starting April 30, 2018.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

I Have a Green Card…and a Criminal Conviction: Can I Travel Abroad?

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) also known as “green card holders” who have criminal convictions may encounter problems when attempting to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad and should consult an immigration attorney before planning any trips outside of the country.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Do Local Police Have to Detain Illegal Immigrants?

Are local law enforcement agencies required to detain undocumented immigrants on behalf of the federal government? A new finding suggests that jurisdictions that partake in Secure Communities, a program whereby the FBI crosschecks the fingerprints of any individual taken into custody by local law enforcement officials against a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) database, do not have to adhere to federal requests to retain undocumented immigrants. The findings come from documents obtained from the Internal Department of Homeland Security and could drastically affect the way local law enforcement agencies treat undocumented immigrants.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UPDATE: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

10/3/2017 UPDATE:  U.S. Citizenship

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.  For additional information regarding the above, please visit USCIS website.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Differences Between Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

A U.S. visa is an authorization, typically in form of a stamp inside a passport, which demonstrates that a U.S. consular official has determined that the traveler is eligible to enter the U.S. for the purposes stated in the visa. The United States issues two classes of visas, an Immigrant Visa and a Non-Immigrant Visa.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective October 1, 2017, it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applications that currently do not require interview for approval.


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Client Alert: Green Card Applicants: USCIS Is Denying Pending Forms I-131 for Abandonment Due to International Travel

In a departure from previous policy, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun denying I-131 Applications for Advance Parole if the Applicant has departed the U.S. while the application is still pending.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced on August 18, 2017 that “it has received reports from members that USCIS has been denying Form I-131 advance parole applications for abandonment in instances where the applicant has traveled abroad during the pendency of the application.  The pending Form I-131 application is being denied even if the applicant has a separate valid advance parole document or a valid H, K, L, or V visa to return to the United States.


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