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USCIS Delaying Your Case? Filing for U.S. Naturalization May Be the Answer

The processing times for adjudicating form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, has greatly increased within the past few months. Individuals are waiting longer than 12 months for their cases to be finalized and adjudicated and applicants are becoming impatient. USCIS has recently allowed I-751 applicants the opportunity to travel and work for an extended 18 months rather than 12 months following the expiration of their conditional residence. Applicants will receive a receipt notice that will be kept as proof of continued status while their I-751 petition is pending. This receipt notice will allow applicants to avoid the trouble of obtaining an I-551 stamp. Applicants who have

Deny First, Ask Questions Later: The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Latest Tool to Hurt

The new Policy Memorandum explains that USCIS adjudicators now have the right to deny any application, petition, or request without issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when an application is lacking initial evidence or the evidence does not provide eligibility. Statutory denials will be handed out when an applicant has no legal basis for approval or if they request benefits for a program that is no longer available. This guidance will become effective September 11, 2018 and will be used to guide determinations by all of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) staff. The new Policy Memorandum resends the previous 2013 PM’s “no possibility” pol

A Step Backwards: USCIS' New Notice to Appear (N.T.A.) Policy is a Bad Move

Last week on July 5th, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented a new guidance regarding the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA). An NTA is a document that is served to foreign nationals to issue them to appear in an immigration court. It serves notice that the deportation process has begun, and a court date will be set to determine if they will be able to stay in the United States through relief from removal, or are subject to deportation. This new policy will force thousands of individuals into the already overburdened immigration court system and redirect the scarce amount of resources that USCIS has. It steers away from the current practice that has been set in pl

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