Effective December 23, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase the fees that must be submitted with the majority of its immigration forms. The USCIS fee increases, which were finalized in an announcement yesterday, can be found in a final rule published in the Federal Register. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include these new fees or USCIS will reject your submission.
During the early summer of 2016, USCIS announced fee increases would be coming. The USCIS fee increases became official yesterday. Fees increased by a weighted average of 21 percent for many forms. While fees for some forms increased only modestly, fees for other forms such as Form N-600 ballooned by 95 percent. Continue reading →
Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is no different than any other massive government organization – they are heavily burdened with a large workload and aren’t the most efficient organization. In fact, several agencies make up the overall immigration system. Consular offices, Department of State and the National Visa Center all play a role. Over 6 million forms are filed with USCIS each year alone. Even if you’ve used our tips for preparing USCIS forms, it’s not uncommon for these agencies to lose parts of your application package or even the whole thing. But there are some preventive measures so that you don’t have to call us to say, “USCIS lost my application!” Continue reading →
After you’ve filed almost any application or petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), they will respond by mailing you a Form I-797, Notice of Action, within approximately 1-2 weeks. The I-797, Notice of Action, is commonly known as a receipt letter.
For applicants that have incorrectly filed or included the wrong payment, this receipt letter will indicate that the case has been rejected. The applicant will need to refile. If you’ve prepared the form correctly and followed the USCIS directions carefully, this receipt letter will indicated that your case has been accepted. Once the form has been accepted, USCIS will begin reviewing your case.
The receipt letter contains a unique 13-digit receipt number. Also known as a case number, it’s a very important number to help you track the progress of your case or identify a particular immigration filing. Continue reading →
When you apply for a benefit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — such as a work permit, citizenship, green card or even a green card renewal — a standard part of the process is a biometrics appointment (also known as a biometrics screening).
Although it may sound scary, it is a very routine portion of the process and shouldn’t be a worry for most people. But it is important to understand what happens at the appointment, what to expect and who should be concerned. Continue reading →
Technology Partnership with One Stop Portal Aids Applicants of Nepal TPS and Earthquake Relief Effort
CitizenPath announced today that it has reduced its application preparation fee for Nepali Temporary Protected Status and will donate half the proceeds to support One Stop Portal’s relief effort in Nepal.
DHS designates Temporary Protected Status for Nepal. Applicants have until December 21, 2015 to apply for Nepal TPS benefits.
The TPS designation for Nepal was announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on June 24, 2015, and is effective through December 24, 2016.
The designation means that eligible nationals of Nepal that are in the United States may remain in the U.S. and may receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). These benefits are valid through December 21, 2016, but may be extended by DHS. Individuals and families should apply for Nepal TPS before December 21, 2015. Continue reading →
CitizenPath is using technology to help applicants who are re-registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) benefits. The company has combined the knowledge of experienced attorneys with internet technology to provide a service that makes it easy and inexpensive for immigrants to prepare several forms and applications required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Last week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of both Nicaragua and Honduras. Continue reading →
This week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan. Temporary Protected Status does not provide the beneficiary a way to gain permanence residence or citizenship in the United States. It is simply a period of safe haven so that Sudanese nationals do not need to return home to dangerous conditions.
Frustrated by a lack of progress on immigration reform from Congress, President Obama announced that he would be “going it alone” by using executive action to change policy. Changes could come this summer.
But what does that mean? For a window to possible executive action, CitizenPath examined a confidential memo issued by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The six-page memo was written in April and sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. (DHS includes agencies like ICE and USCIS.) Leaders from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus make five suggestions for executive actions the president can take: Continue reading →
As nearly 600,000 Filipino nationals in the United States wait for a decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Obama Administration, and Americans in general, should remember the many contributions Filipinos have made to the United States. To the surprise of many, Filipinos have been part of American history for the previous four centuries… even before there was a United States.
Filipino Contributions to United States
In fact, the first Filipinos landed on the North American continent in the 1760s and established a settlement in what is now known as Louisiana. The “Manilamen” adapted well to a life of shrimping. The typhoons in their native Philippines gave Manilamen the experience and knowledge to teach others how to build stilted homes that could endure the hurricanes of coastal Louisiana. Continue reading →