Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

What Is A Receipt Notice?
Mario A. Godoy

A Receipt Notice, Form I-797C, Notice of Action, is an official legal document from USCIS to prove that they have received your immigration petition. ...

Updated Transfer of Underlying Basis Process
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated guidance regarding requests for the “transfer of underlying basis” between empl...

E-B4 Visas for Special Immigrant Categories
Mario A. Godoy

E-B4 visa applicants cover a wide range of individuals who fit into very specific “Special Immigrant” categories. These include ministers ...

What Is My Green Card Priority Date?
Mario A. Godoy

Green card processing time is the time it takes from when your green card application is received until you receive your green card in the mail. Your ...

What Is An EB-3 Green Card?
Mario A. Godoy

Securing a green card grants an individual permanent residency in the United States. Green cards need to be renewed every 10 years. An EB-3 Visa for S...

What Is Employment-Based Immigration?
Mario A. Godoy

Each fiscal year, the United States issues a set number of employment-based immigration visas that enable foreign workers to obtain LPR status/green c...

Study: U.S. Immigrants Are More Likely to Start Firms, Create Jobs
Mario A. Godoy

“Compared to native-born citizens, immigrants are more frequently involved in founding companies at all scales.” A new study found that im...

U.S. Wants to Attract More Russian STEM Workers
Mario A. Godoy

The Biden administration has proposed an emergency measure for a new Russian visa program to give highly educated and skilled Russian STEM workers an ...

Some Work Permits Get 1.5 Year Extension
Mario A. Godoy

With a growing backlog, including 1.5 million pending requests for work permits, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a tempor...

Revived EB-5 Program Will Provide Green Cards for Foreign Investors
Mario A. Godoy

Congress has reached an agreement to revive the EB-5 visa program that allows foreign investors to apply for a green card if they invest in U.S. real ...

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