Category: General

September 10, 2021

What You Should Know About the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)

Have you ever had an interaction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), during which you believe your civil rights and civil liberties were infringed? Did you know that you can file a formal complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)? The CRCL supports DHS by ensuring civil rights and […]

August 27, 2021

How to Request USCIS Ombudsman’s Individual Case Assistance

Did you know that the USCIS has an official ombudsman?  The CIS Ombudsman’s Office works with applicants to improve the quality of citizenship/immigration services  by helping applicants with resolving certain case issues. The current seventh Ombudsman is Phyllis Coven. Her office can help with: Cases that are taking longer than the estimated processing time Typographic […]

August 11, 2021

How to Get your Congressman to Help with your Immigration Case

The immigration process is long and requires patience. If you are waiting for a decision on your application and it has taken longer than the USCIS estimated processing time or if you have a strong reason to ask for expedited processing of your case, your U.S. congressional representative might be able to help. The first […]

July 31, 2021

Congressional Democrats Push to Pass Immigration Reforms in Budget Bill

With increasing support for the creation of pathways to citizenship for undocumented people, pressure has been placed on Congress, especially Democrats, to provide a concrete solution. Considering the decision from Judge Hanen ruling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program unlawful, there is special urgency placed in creating these avenues toward legal status. Recently, advocates across […]

July 20, 2021

How to Request Expedite Processing of your Immigration Application

Most of the time, the government takes many months if not years to decide the millions of immigration applications filed each year.  Sometimes, an applicant may urgently need a faster decision because of special circumstances.  In that case, a request to expedite an application might be appropriate.  However, most expedited processing requests are rejected because […]

June 19, 2021

World Refugee Day 2021

World Refugee Day falls on Sunday, June 20th, and marks an opportunity to celebrate refugees while also continuing advocacy for them. Refugees flee from persecution based on race, religion, nationality, and membership to a social group or political party. They are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world as they cannot trust their […]

May 01, 2021

US Embassies will prioritize applications to reduce the immigrant visa backlogs

The Department of State (DOS) recently announced U.S. embassies and consulates are using a tiered approach to reduce the backlog in the processing of immigrant visas. DOS identified four priority tiers listing the main categories of immigrant visas in each: –Tier One: Immediate relative intercountry adoption visas, age-out cases (cases where the applicant will soon […]

March 31, 2021

USCIS announces that initial round of H-1B cap selection process has been completed

USCIS announced on 3/30/2021 that H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed From the USCIS news release: USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly […]