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USCIS Extends Response and Electronic Signature Flexibilities
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced on July 25 that it is extending some of the “flexibilities” introduced during t...

Phase 2 of USCIS I-140 Premium Processing Starts Aug 1
Mario A. Godoy

USCIS is expanding premium processing launched earlier this year. On Aug. 1, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement th...

What Is the USCIS Case Status Online Tool?
Mario A. Godoy

The USCIS case status online tool allows you to track the status of your application, petition or request. You can check your immigration case status ...

USCIS Plans to Hire +4,000 Employees to Fix the Backlog
Mario A. Godoy

With a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) backlog of nearly 5.2 million cases with 8.5 million cases pending, USCIS Ombudsman Phyllis C...

New USCIS Processing Goals To Reduce Wait Times
Mario A. Godoy

In March, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported long delays and wait times for many types of employment and family-sponsored im...

Gender-Neutral Passport Options Now Available
Mario A. Godoy

A new gender option is now available on passports for American citizens for Americans who identify as neither exclusively male nor female. Starting Ap...

USCIS Expands Premium Processing – And Fees
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new measures to expand premium processing and reduce the visa backlogs and wait times. The...

New Rules to Reduce Wait Times and the Immigration Backlog
Mario A. Godoy

The Biden administration announced three measures on March 29 to reduce wait times and the growing multimillion-case backlog of immigration applicatio...

USCIS Will Reopen Domestic Offices June 4
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 15 that it is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency ...

Can I File For An Inadmissibility Waiver?
Mario A. Godoy

Certain immigration violations make people ineligible for admission to the United States. In some cases, a person whose immigration application is den...

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