Category Archives: Temporary Protected Status

Immigration Insider articles in this category include information about obtaining and maintaining Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

USCIS Lost My Application

uscis lost my applicationUnfortunately, 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

USCIS Receipt Number Explained

USCIS Receipt Number ExplanationAfter 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-797C, Notice of Action, within approximately 1-3 weeks. (It may take longer to receive the I-797C for some other forms like Form I-751.) The I-797C, 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.
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USCIS Fee Increases Effective December 23rd

uscis fee increasesEffective 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

One Stop Portal Community Gets Special Pricing on TPS Preparation

Technology Partnership with One Stop Portal Aids Applicants of Nepal TPS and Earthquake Relief Effort

one stop portal helps nepalCitizenPath 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.

The special pricing arrangement was created exclusively for members of the One Stop Portal community. Each time a supporter uses CitizenPath to prepare an Application for Temporary Protected Status using the special coupon code, CitizenPath will donate $20 to One Stop Portal. Continue reading

How to Apply for Nepal TPS

DHS designates Temporary Protected Status for Nepal. Applicants have until December 21, 2015 to apply for Nepal TPS benefits.

how to apply for nepal tpsThe 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

The Case for Philippine TPS

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
case for philippine tpsIn 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