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News2020-09-07T10:39:32+07:00

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The November 2020 Visa Bulletin Priority Date shows slight movement forward for Vietnamese EB-5 immigrant investors

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The “Final Action Date” priority date for Vietnamese EB-5 investors moved forward slightly in the Department of State November [...]

Department of State Announces Plans to Resume Routine Visa Services

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The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced that routine visa processing at Embassies and Consulates will resume [...]

Public Charge Rule is Now Stopped – Again – In Latest Round of Litigation

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A federal judge has stopped the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) public charge rule which was recently [...]

USCIS Premium Processing Fees to Increase as of October 19

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On October 19, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) premium processing fees will increase in accordance with [...]

DOS to Allow Certain Non-immigrant Visa Applicants to Proceed with Interviews

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Following the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issuing a narrow injunction against the [...]

Are you a Conditional Permanent Resident outside the United States because of Covid-19: I-829 and I-751?

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Are you a conditional permanent resident waiting for the approval of a Form I-829 Petition (for EB-5 immigrant investors) [...]

DHS to Introduce New Rule Holding Immigrant Sponsors Accountable for Failing to Meet Contractual Obligations

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The United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has introduced a rule that would hold immigrant sponsors accountable for [...]

Department of Homeland Security Announces Proposed Rule Requiring Fixed Period of Stay for F and J Visa Holders

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The United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has announced a proposed rule that would require a fixed period [...]

Will U.S. Immigration Services Offer Special Relief to Permanent Residents Who Return to the United States After Being Abroad for More Than One Year Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (“CBP”) has not announced any special relief  to a lawful permanent resident [...]

What Happens to a Lawful Permanent Resident if They Have Been Outside the United States for More than One Year Because of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

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Due to significant travel and movement restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPR”’) have found themselves [...]

What Could Happen to My Green Card if I am Outside the United States for More than 180 Days Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?

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There are many reasons why a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) would remain outside the United States for more than [...]

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is extending the time within which to reply to certain notices and [...]

Update on Visa Chargeability for Hong Kong Persons from the President’s Executive Order

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Since the President’s July 14, 2020 Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization there has been much concern and confusion [...]

U.S. Embassy in Manila Resumes Limited In-Person Passport Service Operations on September 1st

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The American Citizen Services (“ACS”) at the U.S. Embassy in Manila will resume limited in-person passport service operations on [...]

Department of States Expands Non-Immigrant Visa In-Person Interview Waivers

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The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive in-person interviews [...]

House of Representatives Passes Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act

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On Saturday, August 22, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act (H.R. [...]

DOS Provides Update on Public Charge Inadmissibility Following Temporary Injunction

Categories: COVID-19, DOS, DS-5540, DS-5540 Public Charge Questionnaire, Immigrant Visa, Non-immigrant Visa, Public Charge, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Visa, U.S. Visa Applicant, Visa|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

DOS Provides Update on Public Charge Inadmissibility Following Temporary Injunction Following a nationwide injunction issued by a federal [...]

Announcement: USCIS Filing Fee Changes to Become Effective on October 2, 2020

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has posted for public inspection an advanced copy of a final rule [...]