Tag: green card

October 17, 2018

Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”) in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS announced a new policy about the validity period for a medical examination report (Form I-693). […]

August 13, 2018

Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained

An employment authorization document (EAD) is a coveted benefit allowing many immigants to work legally in the United States. For example, applicants for asylum, temporary protected status, F-1 or M-1 student optional practical training, adjustment of status, DACA, and many others can get an EAD that allows work for stated periods of time. On January […]

September 13, 2017

October 2017 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2017. Fortunately, EB-1 is now current for all nationals. EB-2 is now current for all except Indian and Chinese nationals. And EB-3 continues to be current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. The […]

August 30, 2017

USCIS Requires Interviews for nearly all Green Card Applicants as of October 1

Press release from USCIS: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and […]

April 19, 2017

New Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Starting May 1, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security […]

October 25, 2016

Immigration Application Fees Set to Rise on December 23

Planning to apply for a visa or green card? You should know that fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for most applications will increase about 21% on December 23, 2016. According to the USCIS, this increase is necessary cover the full cost of services, including the costs for fraud detection and […]