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USCIS Now Processing EAD and Advance Parole Separately

Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have reported experiencing an increase in the number of approved employment authorization documents (EADs) without the approved advance parole (AP) travel authorization, even if the appli… Read More
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December 2021 Visa Bulletin Updates

December Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the December 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) a… 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 Settlement Affects Work Authorization Adjudication for Nonimmigrant Spouses

Spouses of H-1B and L-1 visa beneficiaries have been disproportionately affected by the USCIS processing delays for work authorization. This has caused several H-4 and L-2 beneficiaries to lose their jobs, harming not only the foreign national, but U… Read More
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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against USCIS and DHS

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its member lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on November, 9 2021 challenging the huge USCIS processing delays on work permits. The lawsuit consists of 49 individual and organizational plainti… Read More
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Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim October 2021

AILA‘s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides an analysis of current… Read More
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USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents with Pending Cases

Effective as of September 4, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the time period from 18 month to 24 months for petitioners filing the Form I-752 and I-829 to use receipt notices as evidence of status. This exten… Read More
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EB-5 Wait Times and Visa…

EB-5 Wait Times and Visa Bulletin Projections

Yesterday AILA’s EB-5 Committee issued a practice pointer with key considerations from a presentation by Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the Department of State‘s Visa Control and Reporting Division, on May 6 in Washington, D.C.. His pres… Read More
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USCIS Processing Delays H…

USCIS Processing Delays Hit Crisis Levels

Last week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced that USCIS processing delays have hit crisis levels. They provided a flyer to explain the current delays. Please take a look at the flyer below for more information about why cases are… Read More
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Long-Pending I-765 and I-…

Long-Pending I-765 and I-131 Applications at NBC

AILA has issued a practice alert regarding the long processing delays from the USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) for Form I-765, the Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-131, the Application for Travel Document. As of January 2019,… Read More
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