Implementation of New USCIS Immigrant Fee Beginning February 1, 2013

On December 13, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced its plan to assess an additional immigrant visa fee beginning February 1, 2013. New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad. Beginning February 1, 2013, USCIS will […]

Quick Guide to Immigration Policy History

Historically, U.S. immigration laws do not change often, but when they do, they seem to get tougher and tougher. Ever wondered about how the country’s immigration policies have evolved? Read the 23 defining moments in immigration policy history that shows how the United States’ immigration have changed beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 to […]

USCIS Announces Temporary Immigration Relief Measures for Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers affected by Hurricane Sandy of certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief that may be available to them. USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to maintain lawful immigration status or obtain certain other immigration benefits. Eligible individuals may request or apply for temporary […]

Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

I pray that you and your loved ones are safe if you were in any way impacted by Hurricane Sandy. My office, which is located in downtown New York City, remains closed until power is restored in downtown New York City.  Currently, there is no power below 34th Street in New York City.  It is […]

Goodbye Deportation, Hello Greencard!

Three years ago, a woman came into my office feeling hopeless and helpless about her immigration case.  She was a hardworking woman and a single mother of a young boy.  She constantly feared being detained and deported because she had a removal order against her from 2002.  She told me that she was supposed to […]