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Adjustment of Status: Initial Evidence and Documentation

The National Benefits Center (NBC) is now denying Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) applications without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). These negative decisions are based on a lack of sufficient initial evidence. In some instances, the evidence is included in the filing, but the case is still denied for not having the necessary or accurate evidence. Usually, the NBC’s mailroom receives the application. After review, a USCIS adjudicating officer determines if the case is complete to continuum for an interview or if the initial evidence is insufficient. If there is a lack of evidence, the application package would be rejected and returned, or the

Adjustment of Status: Initial Evidence and Documentation

The National Benefits Center (NBC) is now denying Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) applications without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). These negative decisions are based on a lack of sufficient initial evidence. In some instances, the evidence is included in the filing, but the case is still denied for not having the necessary or accurate evidence. Usually, the NBC’s mailroom receives the application. After review, a USCIS adjudicating officer determines if the case is complete to continuum for an interview or if the initial evidence is insufficient. If there is a lack of evidence, the application package would be rejected and returned, or the

Divorce and Your Conditional Residence Status

Did you know that it is possible to apply for your "Permanent Green Card" even after you divorce your US Citizen spouse? This process is very common and routinely approved, but each case is extremely fact specific so it's important to know how to proceed. If you received your Lawful Permanent Residency through marriage to a U.S. citizen, you may end up receiving two separate Green Cards prior to being eligible to file for US Naturalization. The first card, also known as “Conditional Green Card", will be valid for two years and require a renewal be filed before the expiration date. To receive the second card, or "Permanent Green Card", you and your spouse are required to file Form I-751, Peti

Divorce and Your Conditional Residence Status

Did you know that it is possible to apply for your "Permanent Green Card" even after you divorce your US Citizen spouse? This process is very common and routinely approved, but each case is extremely fact specific so it's important to know how to proceed. If you received your Lawful Permanent Residency through marriage to a U.S. citizen, you may end up receiving two separate Green Cards prior to being eligible to file for US Naturalization. The first card, also known as “Conditional Green Card", will be valid for two years and require a renewal be filed before the expiration date. To receive the second card, or "Permanent Green Card", you and your spouse are required to file Form I-751, Peti

All We Know About DACA & What's Next

The Supreme Court on Thursday (June 18, 2020) ruled against the ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. The decision is a massive victory for immigrant communities, restores the program completely, and allows USCIS to accept both initial and renewal applications. Although the Court sided with DACA recipients, it is important to remember that this decision is limited to how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended DACA in 2017 and “whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.” The Court found t

All We Know About DACA & What's Next

The Supreme Court on Thursday (June 18, 2020) ruled against the ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. The decision is a massive victory for immigrant communities, restores the program completely, and allows USCIS to accept both initial and renewal applications. Although the Court sided with DACA recipients, it is important to remember that this decision is limited to how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended DACA in 2017 and “whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.” The Court found t

The future for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

The Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion in Trump v. Regents of the University of California et al. (the DACA case) any day now. Since the Trump administration announced on September 5, 2017 that it was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), more than 652,800 applicants have been in a state of constant stress and anxiety considering they may end up falling into a legal "limbo" with an uncertain future. In 2012, under the Obama administration, the DACA program was announced in a memorandum from the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano. Commonly known as “Dreamers” the implementation of the program allowed certain immigrants tha

The future for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

The Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion in Trump v. Regents of the University of California et al. (the DACA case) any day now. Since the Trump administration announced on September 5, 2017 that it was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), more than 652,800 applicants have been in a state of constant stress and anxiety considering they may end up falling into a legal "limbo" with an uncertain future. In 2012, under the Obama administration, the DACA program was announced in a memorandum from the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano. Commonly known as “Dreamers” the implementation of the program allowed certain immigrants tha

Social Media & Visa Processing Guidelines and Tips

In the last year, the Department of State (DOS) started asking for information regarding all the applicant's social media on Forms DS-160 and DS-260. The form, among other things, requests that applicants provide their usernames used over the past five years to a variety of social networking platforms from the last five years, including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Reddit, Twitter, Weibo, Youtube, and more. While filling out Forms DS-260 or DS-160 you will find the question: “Do you wish to provide information about your presence on any other websites or applicants you have used within the last five years to create or share content (photos, videos, status updates, etc.)?” If the applicant

Social Media & Visa Processing Guidelines and Tips

In the last year, the Department of State (DOS) started asking for information regarding all the applicant's social media on Forms DS-160 and DS-260. The form, among other things, requests that applicants provide their usernames used over the past five years to a variety of social networking platforms from the last five years, including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Reddit, Twitter, Weibo, Youtube, and more. While filling out Forms DS-260 or DS-160 you will find the question: “Do you wish to provide information about your presence on any other websites or applicants you have used within the last five years to create or share content (photos, videos, status updates, etc.)?” If the applicant

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