Update on the Arizona Immigration Law Debate

On April 23, 2010, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law Arizona Senate Bill 1070, citing rise in violence due to illegal immigration into her state.  The law requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally.  It also orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and […]

May 2011 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its May 2011 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you!

2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

On April 8, 2011, the U.S. State Department issued its annual reports on human rights practices in countries around the world.  Information in these reports include country-specific practices in the areas of politics, religious, freedoms of speech and religion, and treatment of women and children. Immigration Judges and other immigration officials often rely on these […]

New Filing Address for Form AR-11, Alien Change of Address Form

Beginning April 1, 2011 all Change of Address, (Form AR-11) and Alien’s Change of Address, (Form AR-11 SR) will change filing location to this address. U.S Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services Attn: Change of Address 1344 Pleasants Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Change of address forms mailed to the old location will be forwarded […]

The U.S. Immigration Court System

If you ever wondered why the U.S. immigration court system is so inefficient, here is a good article that explains why. The system is overburdened with not enough resources.  More cases are being filed in immigration courts by the Department of Homeland Security.  Many immigrants are experiencing poor legal representation from immigration lawyers (or other […]

Border Wait Times at U.S./Canada and U.S./Mexico Borders

Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) estimates wait times for reaching the primary inspection booth, the first point of contact with CBP when crossing the Canada/U.S. and Mexico/U.S. land borders. Each border location updates its estimated wait times hourly. To make sure you have our current information, use your browser’s refresh or reload function. Source: CBP

April 2011 Visa Bulletin

The State Department has issued its April 2011 Visa Bulletin.  Check to see whether your priority date is current for any petition your relative or employer may have filed for you!

New Filing Location for Change of Address Form (AR-11)

Beginning March 15, 2011 all Change of Address, (Form AR-11) and Alien’s Change of Address, (Form AR-11 SR) will change filing locations.  Now, you must file all change of address forms at the following address: DHS/USCIS Harrisonburg File Storage Facility Attn:  AR-11 1344 Pleasants Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Change of address forms mailed to the old […]

USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card to Adjustment of Status Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced on February 11, 2011, that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) but will include text that […]