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USCIS Makes Signature Policy Permanent

On July 25, 2022, USCIS announced its decision to make permanent a temporary signature policy from March 2020. Under this policy, USCIS permits copies of original signatures on all submitted USCIS forms, provided that all copies are of the original d… Read More
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USCIS Plans to Open New Lockbox Facility

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to open a new lockbox facility in Elgin, Illinois next year. This will expand its lockbox capability in processing cases. In order to prepare the for the adjustment, USCIS shifted filing locatio… Read More
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USCIS Temporarily Extends Validity Period for I-693 Form

Beginning August 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily extending the validity period for the Medical Examination and Vaccination Record forms, known as the I-693 Form. Previously, this form was valid for only two… Read More
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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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