• Hours & Info

    (562) 495-0554
    M-F: 8:00am - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Social

  • Past Blog Posts

The new public charge rule has been implemented.

On February 24, USCIS implemented the Trump administration’s updated public charge rule. The rule broadens the type of public benefits that are considered for inadmissibility determinations, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Medicaid, and food stamps. Already considered were cash assistance programs. The rule applies to those seeking permanent residency, including change of status, as well as those seeking to extend their nonimmigrant status.

USCIS updated some forms

On December 2, USCIS posted updated editions to forms N-470, N-300, I-817, I-751, I-694, I-601, I-290B, I-192, I-191, I-129CW, and I-907. The new edition must be used immediately for Form I-907. The new edition must be used starting January 21, 2020 for Form I-817. The new edition must be used starting February 3, 2020 for forms N-470, I-751, I-601, I-290B, I-192, I-191, and I-129CW. The previous edition will continue to be accepted for forms N-300 and I-694.

USCIS Publishes Notice Extending Validity of TPS-Related Documentation for Six Countries

USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register stating that, in compliance with court orders issued as part of ongoing litigation, DHS is automatically extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan through January 4, 2021.

Petitioners can now file Form I-130 online.

 Effective immediately, USCIS has made Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, available for online filing. Acting USCIS Director Cuccinelli announced that this form is now the 8th available for online filing, and is part of the agency’s push to become paperless. Petitioners can also use the online portal to track their status, pay fees, communicate with USCIS, and respond to requests for evidence. The paper version of Form I-130 will still be accepted.

USCIS has adjusted the premium processing fee for some employment-based petitions.

Starting December 2, the premium processing fee will increase from $1,410 to $1,440 for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. The fee was last increased in 2018, and the increase is based on inflation. Premium processing is optional and allows petitioners to request 15-day processing.

USCIS has updated fee waiver requirements

USCIS has updated fee waiver requirements

USCIS has published a new version of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. The new version has removed the use of means-tested public benefits as a factor. According to USCIS, the change was warranted because eligibility requirements for public benefits vary so much state-to-state. Under the new criteria, individuals can request a fee waiver if their annual household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or if they demonstrate financial hardship. In effect, the new criteria narrow who is eligible for a fee waiver. 

The Naturalization Process Just Got Harder for Noncitizen Troops Stationed Overseas

Military.com reports on USCIS’s announcement that the number of places overseas where noncitizen service members and their families can be naturalized will be cut from 23 to four due to the agency’s closures of international offices. Noncitizen service members will now have to apply for naturalization at four overseas military bases or “hubs,” and USCIS officers will travel to each hub every quarter to provide naturalization services

%d bloggers like this: