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The global coronavirus has taken an unprecedented toll on intending immigrants navigating through the U.S. immigration system seeking to acquire lawful permanent residency through their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident qualifying relatives.   For those awaiting an immigrant visa from outside the U.S., this has resulted in at least several […]

Beginning on June 4, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to reopen and resume certain non-emergency, public services which were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 18, USCIS has suspended routine, in-person services at field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs), which are now being reopened on an office-by-office basis. Individuals can check that […]

On May 29, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume its premium processing service in phases over the next month. With premium processing, USCIS should respond within 15 days of receipt of certain I-129 and I-140 filings.  To request premium processing, there is an additional $1,440 premium processing filing fee. The premium processing service had been suspended since March 20, 2020 when USCIS announced the temporary suspension of its premium […]

On March 18, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs). On April 1, 2020, USCIS extended the suspension until at least May 3, 2020. In its latest announcement on April 24, 2020, USCIS announced that it is preparing to reopen […]