Trump Administration Rescinds DACA Protection

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is decided to rescind the Obama-era DACA policy, which protected approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. In rescinding the DACA program, Trump kicked the ball to the U.S. Congress, giving it 6 months to act on […]

I-212 Waiver Approved!

So thrilled to get this I-212 waiver approval in the mail today! These cases are not easy to win. Such waivers require showing extreme emotional and financial hardship to the US citizen relative/petitioner. Working very closely with my client, we put together a detailed documents package to show emotional and financial hardships, and requested an […]

New Form I-485 Asks Many New Questions – Be Prepared!

As of June 26, 2017, USCIS has issued a revised Form I-485 (commonly known as the application for adjustment of status or “green card” application. It is now 18-pages long (increase from 6 pages). It formally goes into effect Aug. 25, 2017. It now asks plenty of new questions about the applicant, including: (1) whether […]

Temporary Protected Status holders are eligible for adjustment of status, says the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

On March 31, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal issued a very important decision on an immigration case, that has the potential to help thousands of people who living within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit (California, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona). In Ramirez v. Brown (No. 14-35633), the Ninth Circuit held that individuals who hold […]

Joint Motion to Reopen Granted!

I am thrilled to report that today, I received a letter from DHS agreeing to join in a proposed joint motion to reopen I had filed for a very deserving client, so that she could finally have a chance to pursue permanent residency!  She has waited over 20 years for this!

USCIS Filing Fees Are Increasing!

USCIS is increasing filing fees!  New (and significantly higher) filing fees will be effective as of December 23, 2016. Here are the new filing fees effective December 23, 2016. If you are eligible for an immigration benefit but haven’t yet filed your case, you may want to think about doing it before the new fees […]

USCIS Filing Fees are Increasing on December 23, 2016

USCIS filing fees are increasing! New fees go into effect 60 days after the publication of this final rule on 10.24.2016 (which is December 23, 2016), If you are eligible to file a case, you should consider filing before the fees increase! Some notable increases in fees: I-130 petition – $535 (currently $420) I-485 application […]

Expansion of Provisional Waiver (I-601A)

Effective AUGUST 29, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will expand the reach of the provisional waiver initially implemented in 2013. On January 3, 2013, DHS promulgated a final rule, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives, in the Federal Register. See 78 FR 536 (Jan. 3, 2013) (“2013 Rule”).  To […]