immigration

How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the “case inquiry date”  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center)...
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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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Announcing a Free Live Seminar: What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018

“What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018!” Saturday, August 25, 2018,   9:00 am  to 12:00 pm. Jupiter Gardens Event Center, 11325 Pegasus Street, Dallas, Texas. Join us for a free immigration seminar,"What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018." Attend our free Immigration Seminar, in-person or FaceBook Live, for the latest information, rules and tips about immigration and citiz...
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USCIS and CBP Announces New Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

On March 30, the USCIS announced a new pilot program for L-1 visa applicants who are Canadian citizens.  Read on for the full announcment: "From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigr...
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Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications

Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms, including the I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applications.  Previously, only citizenship (N-400) applicants could pay by credit card.  However,  the credit card option is not yet ava...
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Trump’s New Travel Ban

On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration imposed new travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Starting October 18, 2017, the travel ban  applies to individuals of the designated countries who: (1) are outside the U.S. on the applicable effective date ; (ii) do not h...
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Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma From the USCIS public service announcement: USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma. The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay fo...
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Ann Badmus will speak at Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit 

Ann Badmus is a panelist speaker at the  Texas Two-Stepping to a Better World: A Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy – Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit in Austin, Texas hosted by GlobalAustin, San Antonio Council for International Visitors, and Global North Texas.  Global Ties U.S. and  member organizations, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, host a series of summits across the Un...
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DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country.

DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country. The Department of State, which is the agency responsible for processing visa applications outside the U.S., posted this alert yesterday: "The U.S. government’s national security screening and vetting procedures for visitors are constantly r...
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I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents

I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents For those that qualify, an employment authorization document (EAD) gives immigrants  permission to work for a specific period of time, usually one or two years.  For continued work authorization, workers should apply for renewal 180 days before the EAD expiration date to ensure t...
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