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Public Charge Final Rule…

Public Charge Final Rule Vacated

On March 9, 2021, the Department of Justice successfully moved courts to dismiss all pending appeals that defended the August 2019 Public Charge Final Rule. This was consistent with Executive Order 14012, which directed review of the rule. As a resul… Read More
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What is a USCIS Receipt N…

What is a USCIS Receipt Number?

What is a Receipt Number? USCIS receipt numbers are unique, 13-character identifiers that distinguish and track cases. A receipt number can be used to verify the status of a case. They also allow recipients to track their cases online or over the pho… Read More
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USCIS Checklists Do Not R…

USCIS Checklists Do Not Replace Regulations

In July of last year, USCIS issued a policy memorandum that allows USCIS adjudicators to deny applications or petitions if all required evidence is not submitted with the application. The purpose of this is to discourage incomplete or unnecessary fil… Read More
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New Form I-130 Edition and Supplement

USCIS recently updated their website with a new Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. The new edition also includes a I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse and Beneficiary. USCIS will only accept the 2/27/17 edition, starting 4/28/17. If you… Read More
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New Supplement J for Form I-485

As of January 17, 2017, an individual must file Supplement J along with his or her I-485. The Department of Homeland Security stated that the purpose of the supplement is for greater retention of high-skilled immigrant and nonimmigrant workers. Appli… Read More
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Only New Forms Accepted After February 21, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted updated versions of forms in December. Starting February 21, 2017, USCIS will not accept versions of these forms that are dated earlier than December 23, 2016. Many filing fees were also updated with t… Read More
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USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates

Use the following Visa Bulletin charts to determine when to file your application for adjustment of status. How do I use these charts? Find your visa type in the left-most column of the appropriate chart (family or employment based). Stay in that row… Read More
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Fact Sheet: Automatic EAD Extension

Read our Fact Sheet regarding EAD automatic 180-day extensions and eligibility. This post and the fact sheet are not legal advice. Therefore, attorneys and clients should discuss and make decisions based on their individual circumstances. Read More
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Employers Must Use Updated Form I-9

As of January 22, 2017, Employers must now use the updated Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016, according to USCIS. Form I-9 is the form for Employment Eligibility Verification. This form is used to verify identity and work eligibility of every new employee h… Read More
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USCIS Will Use Specific Dates for Processing Times

USCIS announced that starting on January 4, 2017, it will post processing times using specific dates, instead of weeks or months. USCIS says this is the first step in providing more timely and easier to understand processing times for applicants. Pro… Read More
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Sivaraman Immigration Law’s founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active… Read More
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