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N400: Timeline And New Pitfalls

20 March 2020

Author: U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney Alena Shautsova Being granted US Citizenship is a dream come true for many lawful permanent residents who went through significant hurdles to adjust their status. With all the recent changes in immigration, especially the new public charge rules many who would like to apply for US Citizenship a ...

USCIS Sends Hidden Messages To VAWA Applicants Who Know Where To Look!

17 March 2020

Author: VAWA Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova Recently, USCIS adopted a practice to issue C(31) EAD for VAWA cases. The EAD is being mailed to you without any explanation. There are no other notices, until some months later a person receives a notice of deferred action approval. The employment authorization category under the c(31) is reserve ...

How To Avoid Rejections Of Submission By USCIS

13 March 2020

Author: Alena Shautsova USCIS continues to update its policy manual to reflect the latest changes in how it is processing various requests for US Immigration benefits. When a person submits his or her package to USCIS, at times it gets rejected. Why would USCIS reject a submission? What would be a filing date when a person corrects the mistakes ...

Public Charge Immigration, Declaration Of Self Sufficiency Form I 944 Adjustment Of Status

07 March 2020

Author: NYC Immigration Lawyer, Green card attorney Alena Shautsova On February 24, 2020, following a decision by the US Supreme Court not to hold the new administration’s public charge rule, the USCIS started to follow the new rule for almost all adjustment of status cases. To wit: from February 24, 2020, on, almost every applicant for adjustment ...

Rescission Of Adjustment Of Status

20 February 2020

Author: US green card lawyer Alena Shautsova Mr. X applied for his US citizenship after being a green card holder in the US for much longer than 5 years. His naturalization application was pending for a long time and finally, he was called for the interview. The interview went well, but the officer said she needed more time to issue a decision. At ...

US Citizenship: Automatic Citizenship For Children

18 February 2020

Author: NYC Immigration Citizenship Lawyer Alena Shautsova A person who was brought to the USA as a child may not know that he or she is already a citizen. Often, children do not worry about their immigration status and continue to renew their green cards up until the time they need to travel overseas or there is some sort of legal issue. At tim ...

New Travel Ban: Questions And Answers

03 February 2020

Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova On January 31, 2020, President Trump expanded travel ban by adding six new countries to the list of countries nationals of which cannot come to the U.S. without waivers. This new ban, unlike the previous ones, concerns Immigrant visas only. Which countries are included in the new travel ban 2020 ...

How To Get An E Visa In The US

14 January 2020

Author: Business visa lawyer Alena Shautsova An E Visa, commonly referred to as a business visa, can be obtained by 3 types of foreign nationals whose country has an appropriate treaty with the United States, specifically a treaty of commerce and navigation: Traders – people who engage in substantial international trade of goods, services or te ...

Changes To Adjustment Of Status Policies For TPS Holders

29 December 2019

Author: Green Card Lawyer Alena Shautsova The changes to the policy happened right before the start of the holiday season, December 20, 2019. Unfortunately for some, these changes are not gifts. Since the development of temporary protected status (TPS), and the ability to travel outside the country temporarily and return if you obtained a special ...

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