Processing Times and Filing Fees

Processing Times and Filing Fees

If only USCIS could work as fast as a speeding train. Anyone who ever has submitted an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services knows the frustrations of lengthy and inconsistent processing times. For the most common application, the I-765 Application...
USCIS Mission Statement Restored

USCIS Mission Statement Restored

In announcing its new mission statement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed the tenor of its former one, which described the United States as a “nation of immigrants.” The new mission statement is: “USCIS upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome...
Omicron and the Future of Travel

Omicron and the Future of Travel

The pandemic continues to create challenges for international travel. When President Biden lifted the country-based travel restrictions on October 25, 2021, it appeared that the new vaccination requirement for travel to the United States would be the standard to allow...
It’s Green Card Lottery Time Once Again

It’s Green Card Lottery Time Once Again

The annual Diversity Lottery (i.e. green card lottery) opens soon for the 55,000 visas. The registration period this year will run from noon Eastern Daylight Time on October 6, 2021 until noon Eastern Standard Time on November 9, 2021. Each year the U.S. State...
NIE Update – Now Valid for One Year

NIE Update – Now Valid for One Year

The National Interest Exception (NIE) travel authorization landscape continues to evolve. As a recap, soon after the Covid-19 pandemic began, the United States prohibited travel from certain countries. Unless exempt from the ban, persons who have been present in a...
Can someone please find the welcome mat?

Can someone please find the welcome mat?

In the June/July 2021 issue of Forbes magazine, Amy Feldman appropriately asks the question, “Why do we [the United States] make it so difficult for foreign-born entrepreneurs to start businesses here?” Queue the crickets. Feldman references the entrepreneur rule...
Positive Changes in Immigration

Positive Changes in Immigration

When President Biden signed an executive order on February 2, 2021, “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration System and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americas,” I decided to take the bated breath approach to see what actually happened. I...