How Changes in the Visa Bulletin Impact When Family-Based Applicants Can Apply for Adjustment of Status

Effective October 1, 2015, there is a new procedure for determining when beneficiariesAliens on whose behalf a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or employer have filed a petition for such aliens to receive immigration benefits from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Beneficiaries generally receive a lawful status as a result of their relationship to a U.S. citizen, lawful...
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Definition of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology

USCIS issued a new policy clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and NationalityThe country of a person’s citizenship or country in which the person is deemed a nationalA person owing permanent allegiance to a state. ActThe Act (INAThe Act (INA), which, along with other immigration laws, treaties, and conventions of the United States, relates to the...
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DHS to Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland SecurityThe mission of the DHSThe mission of the Department of Homeland Security -The many men and women who daily protect our borders and secure our country are committed to the safety of our homeland. DHS is now responsible for immigration and naturalizationThe conferring, by any means, of citizenship upon a person after birth.. Visit the DHS...
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F2A Category for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents Retrogresses

In our last newsletter, we reported that the Family-based Category 2A will be current for the months of August and September 2013. This allowed thousands of Lawful Permanent Residents to file applications for residency for their spouses and children under the age of 21. Unfortunately, due to the high demand, as of October 1st, 2013, the F2A category will regress slightly and have a cutoff date of...
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Urgent Time Sensitive News for Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents

For the first or perhaps the second time in the last 10 years, all priority dates for Family-based Category 2A will be current—for the month of August at least. Family-based category 2A includes spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of Lawful Permanent Residents. This news is particularly relevant to spouses and children of LPRs who are living in the US legally in nonimmigrantAn...
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Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

In United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment. Section 3 of DOMA limited the definition of marriage to opposite-sex unions for couples seeking federal benefits.  As a result of the Court’s decision, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can now sponsorThere are...
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