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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

Over the next month U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will, in phases, resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. What is "Premium Processing"? Premium processing provides expedited processing for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Specifically, USCIS guarantees to either issue an approval notice, denial notice, notice of intent to deny, request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within the 15 calendar day period. If the process passes the 15 calendar days USCIS will refund the premium process

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

Over the next month U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will, in phases, resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. What is "Premium Processing"? Premium processing provides expedited processing for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Specifically, USCIS guarantees to either issue an approval notice, denial notice, notice of intent to deny, request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within the 15 calendar day period. If the process passes the 15 calendar days USCIS will refund the premium process

USCIS Re-Opening Updates: Local Offices will restart Services in June

As services begin to reopen, on or after June 4, USCIS offices will reduce the number of appointments and interviews to ensure social distancing, allow time for cleaning and reduce waiting room occupancy. Appointment notices will contain information on safety precautions that visitors to USCIS facilities must follow. All visitors must follow the Guidelines for Entering USCIS Facilities below. Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they: Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing; Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a healt

USCIS Re-Opening Updates: Local Offices will restart Services in June

As services begin to reopen, on or after June 4,2020, USCIS offices will reduce the number of appointments and interviews to ensure social distancing, allow time for cleaning and reduce waiting room occupancy. Appointment notices will contain information on safety precautions that visitors to USCIS facilities must follow. All visitors must follow the Guidelines for Entering USCIS Facilities below. Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they: Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing; Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a

Green Card Holders and their Rights and Responsibilities

Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can be an expensive, anxiety inducing process. Even after approval, there are still several rules and responsibilities Green Card Holders must be aware of in order to protect their residency status here in the United States. More importantly, a Permanent Resident's conduct can affect their ability to become a U.S. citizen. The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called "Naturalization" and most Green Card holders become eligible to apply once they've been an LPR for a certain amount of time. As a permanent resident, you have the right to: Live permanently anywhere in the United States. Work in the United States. Own a property in the United States

Green Card Holders and their Rights and Responsibilities

Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can be an expensive, anxiety inducing process. Even after approval, there are still several rules and responsibilities Green Card Holders must be aware of in order to protect their residency status here in the United States. More importantly, a Permanent Resident's conduct can affect their ability to become a U.S. citizen. The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called "Naturalization" and most Green Card holders become eligible to apply once they've been an LPR for a certain amount of time. As a permanent resident, you have the right to: Live permanently anywhere in the United States. Work in the United States. Own a property in the United States

How to Maintain your Green Card - Tips and Recommendations

Congratulations on becoming a permanent resident of the United States of America! If you become a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), you maintain permanent resident status until you: Apply for and complete the naturalization process; or Lose or abandon your status. There are several ways that you can lose your status as a lawful permanent resident. Here you can find some tips to not lose your permanent resident status by intentionally abandoning it. Your conduct will demonstrate your actual intent. There are some things that USCIS can consider an intentionally abandoning of your status: 1. Move to another country, intending to live there permanently. 2. Remain outside of the Unit

How to Maintain your Green Card - Tips and Recommendations

Congratulations on becoming a permanent resident of the United States of America! If you become a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), you maintain permanent resident status until you: Apply for and complete the naturalization process; or Lose or abandon your status. There are several ways that you can lose your status as a lawful permanent resident. Here you can find some tips to not lose your permanent resident status by intentionally abandoning it. Your conduct will demonstrate your actual intent. There are some things that USCIS can consider an intentionally abandoning of your status: 1. Move to another country, intending to live there permanently. 2. Remain outside of the Unit

Unemployment Insurance For Immigrants and Non-Citizens: UPDATED

As an immigrant, can I apply for an Unemployment Insurance Benefits in the event of a layoff, reduction in force (RFI), or termination? It depends. Each state determines a different rule in how it handles unemployment insurance and if someone is considered unemployed or eligible to receive unemployment compensation. In general, first you must be unemployed “through no fault of their own.” Second, you must have enough wages earned or hours worked in their “base period” to establish a claim. Third, you must be “able and available” to work and actively looking for work. Depending on the state and the applicable case law, some immigration status are not considered “available for work” even when

Unemployment Insurance For Immigrants and Non-Citizens: UPDATED

As an immigrant, can I apply for an Unemployment Insurance Benefits in the event of a layoff, reduction in force (RFI), or termination? It depends. Each state determines a different rule in how it handles unemployment insurance and if someone is considered unemployed or eligible to receive unemployment compensation. In general, first you must be unemployed “through no fault of their own.” Second, you must have enough wages earned or hours worked in their “base period” to establish a claim. Third, you must be “able and available” to work and actively looking for work. Depending on the state and the applicable case law, some immigration status are not considered “available for work” even when

Green Card Stamps: I-551 (ADIT) Requests at USCIS Field Offices During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

In the past, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) typically was able to schedule an appointment with a local USCIS office to obtain an ADIT stamp from USCIS when their Permanent Resident Card was expiring. An I-551 stamp is temporary evidence of lawful permanent residence. It is issued in the passport upon arrival in the U.S. and serves as proof that the immigrant has permanent resident status while the actual green card is being generated. Many Application Support Centers (ASC) routinely would place a sticker on the back of a Permanent Resident Card during a biometrics appointment in connection with an I-90 application. However, even though USCIS Field Offices and Application Support Centers a

Green Card Stamps: I-551 (ADIT) Requests at USCIS Field Offices During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

In the past, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) typically was able to schedule an appointment with a local USCIS office to obtain an ADIT stamp from USCIS when their Permanent Resident Card was expiring. An I-551 stamp is temporary evidence of lawful permanent residence. It is issued in the passport upon arrival in the U.S. and serves as proof that the immigrant has permanent resident status while the actual green card is being generated. Many Application Support Centers (ASCs) routinely would place a sticker on the back of a Permanent Resident Card during a biometrics appointment in connection with an I-90 application. However, even though USCIS Field Offices and Application Support Centers

New Online Options for Military Personnel and Veterans - US Naturalization Applications Now Accepted

On May 6, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online. The online filing allows the submission of the forms electronically, check the status of their case, and receive notices from USCIS online. Using innovation and technology to meet the needs of applicants, petitioners, and employees, USCIS is committed to ensuring a secure and efficient process for all. “USCIS has always been committed to supporting the immigration needs of those who currently serve or previously served the United States in the armed forces. Citizenship is the one of the distinct privileges our natio

New Online Options for Military Personnel and Veterans - US Naturalization Applications Now Accepted

On May 6, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online. The online filing allows the submission of the forms electronically, check the status of their case, and receive notices from USCIS online. Using innovation and technology to meet the needs of applicants, petitioners, and employees, USCIS is committed to ensuring a secure and efficient process for all. “USCIS has always been committed to supporting the immigration needs of those who currently serve or previously served the United States in the armed forces. Citizenship is the one of the distinct privileges our natio

Becoming a U.S. Citizen - A Step by Step approach to the Naturalization Process

Step 1. Determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen. What to do: You can confirm if you are eligible for a Naturalization by reviewing the naturalization eligibility worksheet to help you decide if you are eligible to apply for naturalization. Step 2. Answer our questionnaire Application Form N-400. What to do: Read the instructions to complete our questionnaire and collect the necessary documents to demonstrate your eligibility for naturalization. Do not worry; our office will send you a checklist to make sure you send all the required documents, and we will take care of the form for you Step 3. Review the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. What to do: Review and sign th

Becoming a U.S. Citizen - A Step by Step approach to the Naturalization Process

Step 1. Determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen. What to do: You can confirm if you are eligible for a Naturalization by reviewing the naturalization eligibility worksheet to help you decide if you are eligible to apply for naturalization. Step 2. Answer our questionnaire Application Form N-400. What to do: Read the instructions to complete our questionnaire and collect the necessary documents to demonstrate your eligibility for naturalization. Do not worry; our office will send you a checklist to make sure you send all the required documents, and we will take care of the form for you Step 3. Review the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. What to do: Review and sign th

Deadlines Extended: USCIS Extends Flexibility on Deadlines for Certain Post-Filing Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today, May 1, 2020, a list of extending flexibilities to assist applicants and petitioners in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The flexibility will apply to cases where the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020. The response can be submitted within 60 calendar days after the due date set in the request or notice. USCIS will consider a Notice of Appeal or Motion (Form I-290B) received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action. The Extends Flexibility applies to the following: Requests for Evidence (RFE); Continuations to Reque

Deadlines Extended: USCIS Extends Flexibility on Deadlines for Certain Post-Filing Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today, May 1, 2020, a list of extending flexibilities to assist applicants and petitioners in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The flexibility will apply to cases where the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020. The response can be submitted within 60 calendar days after the due date set in the request or notice. USCIS will consider a Notice of Appeal or Motion (Form I-290B) received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action. The Extends Flexibility applies to the following: Requests for Evidence (RFE); Continuations to Reque

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