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Fact Sheet: How the Government Estimates Application Processing Times

Immigration applicants often want to know how much time it will take to get a decision on their applications.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigraiton Services (USCIS) does publish processing time estimates,  found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Applicants should keep in mind that the expected processing times are only estimates, which may not be accurate. The USCIS has recently imple...
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USCIS Tests New Program to Speed Up and Reduce Costs of Visa Applications

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently launched the Known Employer pilot program to test a modified process for employers seeking to hire certain workers through employment-based visa categories. The Known Employer pilot is expected to reduce paperwork, costs, and delays in the processing visa applications such as H-1B, L-1, and green card applications based upon employment. ...
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Priority Dates – How Do They Work?

Understanding Priority Dates is essential to successfully completing the immigration process and obtain permanent resident (“green card”) status.  The PD system is confusing thus determining when to file the final stage in the green card process can be challenging.  We hope that with the following information you can better understand this system and make informed decisions that will allow you to ...
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USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

Announcement from USCIS: USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigr...
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Delays in Production of Employment Authorization or Lawful Permanent Resident Cards

USCIS has confirmed that employment authorization and/or lawful permanent resident cards production facility in Corbin, KY is undergoing maintenance, and all card production work was transferred to the facility in Lee's Summit, MO. As a result, there is a backlog of cases in Lee's Summit, and applicants may not receive their cards until two-three weeks after approval of the underlying application....
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Green Card Application Portability – 5 Questions to Ask Before Changing Jobs While Waiting for Your Green Card Approval

Green card applicants often ask if they are able to change employment while waiting for final approval.  The answer is yes, if you follow established portability rules.  Generally, if your I-485 application has been pending for 180 days or more, you are eligible to change jobs and continue your green card application.  However, portability rules have pitfalls you must avoid, or your green card app...
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