When you get a green card that is valid for only two years from the date it was issued, it means it is a conditional green card. Conditional green cards are given to people who obtained the green card through marriage that was less than two years at the time the green card was issued. […]
Category Archives: USCIS
Adjustment of Status under INA 245(i) Approved without an Interview!
Thrilled to start the new year off by giving news to my clients of this adjustment approval! This was a 245(i) adjustment of status case (old law under which family or worker petitions had to be filed prior to April 30, 2001 in order for an individual to be “grandfathered” or protected under INA section […]
Joint Motion to Reopen Agreed to by DHS for an Old Removal Order
I was thrilled to receive this agreement from Department of Homeland Security last week, agreeing to join in my motion to reopen and dismiss my client’s old removal case! This case has a LONG history! Client came to the USA in 1993 as a conditional lawful permanent resident based on his marriage. As soon as […]
Trump Administration Implements New Public Charge Rule on February 24, 2020
UPDATE: THIS POLICY HAS BEEN RESCINDED BY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AND IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT AS OF 2022 On January 30, 2020, USCIS announced that it will begin implementing the new public charge rule on February 24, 2020, in all states in the United States except for in Illinois, where an injunction is still […]
I-601 Criminal History Waiver Granted at Consulate!
Very happy to receive an extreme hardship waiver approval notice for a deserving client! This was a hard fought case that took over a year and a half of fighting with US CIS with multiple notices for more evidence! My client had two old criminal convictions for theft offenses and the client previously abandoned lawful […]
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 […]
Immigration Executive Order Issued by President Trump on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement
EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IMPROVEMENTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.) (INA), the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law […]
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 […]