We totally understand if you’re wondering whether you can apply for immigration status during the Coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. You might also be wondering if you can change or extend your status. There have been announcements by USCIS about postponing interviews and biometrics appointments and suspending premium processing of work visa petitions, immigration courts postponing non-detained case hearings, and suspension of visa processing at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
Various government offices including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (the network of immigration courts) each announced in the last week that certain in-person appointments and court hearings would be rescheduled in order to prevent people gathering and potentially spreading the Coronavirus. USCIS just sent out an announcement that it would extend these closures through April 7, 2020, and it may extend the closures longer if needed. If you’re thinking of applying for immigration benefits in the U.S., you might be wondering if you need to go to immigration during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the last two weeks, our awareness of the Covid-19, or Coronavirus, has greatly increased. Private businesses and government offices are taking steps to avoid “community spread” of the virus – spreading the virus between individuals who are in close proximity to each other. Some immigrants may be wondering, will coronavirus affect my immigration case?
Immigration courts and USCIS offices are places where many people often gather in close quarters, but the government’s response to concerns about the risks of attending immigration court hearings and appointments has been uneven. Here’s what you need to know if you have an immigration application pending or a case in immigration court:
If you follow changes in immigration law and policy, you’ve been hearing a lot about the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge rule," more scrutiny, and increased denials of applications. If you’re worried, you’ve got reason to be. On Monday, January 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request for a stay of the nationwide injunction against public charge rule. This decision clears the way for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement the rule in all 50 states except in Illinois, which has a statewide injunction of its own. As an immigration lawyer in Houston, the Public Charge Rule has been on my radar, here's some more information I put together for you.
Marriages don’t always work out – we all know that. It’s hard enough sorting out your differences in the process of divorce. If you add immigration issues on top of marriage issues, things can get even more complicated. The good news is if you get divorced when you’re under a conditional green card and then remarry, there’s a recent development that may make life a little easier.
You may have read that USCIS Filing Fees are going up in 2020. We can confirm that in November 2019, an announcement was issued that the USCIS Filing Fees were going up. For some applications, the filing fee would increase less than $100. For other applications, the filing fee would increase by over $500.
These filing fee increases affect people applying for citizenship, people applying for green cards, and some people filing for temporary visas.
If you're thinking about filing an I-751 to remove Conditions on my green card, this article may have some helpful information. You might be asking yourself, what is a conditional green card? Any non-citizen who marries a United States Citizen and files for adjustment within the first two years of marriage what is called a conditional green card that will expire in two years. Prior to expiration of the green card you would need to file removal of conditions known as an I-751.
You understand that the immigration process to the United States can be complicated. If you are a married, permanent resident of the U.S., you may be wondering, would becoming a citizen help my foreign spouse in the immigration process? The short answer is, probably, yes. Everyone's case is unique. In this article we explore different scenarios and details when weighing a decision on weather or not to become a citizen before helping your spouse with their immigration process, I-130 and, possibly, I-485 Immigration Forms.
If you or someone you know is thinking of applying for permanent residency or naturalization, please read this article. There is a new immigration policy involving more scrutiny and denials of applications for many immigrants for multitude of new reasons.
It could affect young and old, people with medical conditions, and more. New policies will allow Homeland Security to scrutinize and deny applications based on the applicant’s education, skills, finances, the number of children and other dependents in their family, and more.
You received a 2-year conditional green card, but then you let the deadline to file your I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on your green card. Maybe you just didn’t realize it was that important, or maybe you forgot when it was expiring. Or maybe you thought you’d have to get your spouse to sign the paperwork, and you’re having marital problems and aren’t sure if that will happen. If you're searching for answers and saying to yourself, I never filed to remove conditions on my green card, this article is for you.