Immigration Blog

New Priority Dates Could Mean Sooner Green Cards

New published priority dates for U.S. immigrant visas may mean waiting applicants from India and China may be able to obtain their permanent residence status sooner than previously expected. A priority date is determined by the application’s filing date and establishes an applicant’s place in line for obtaining an immigrant visa. Given the high demand, wait times can often be lengthy as the number of available family-based and employment-based immigrant visas is limited annually by […]

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ICE and FDLE New Partnership

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are sharing a new fingerprint database to identify foreign nationals, documented or otherwise, taken into custody in Florida. Previously, fingerprints taken from arrestees were only compared against the Department of Justice’s fingerprint database….Read More.  

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United States v. Arizona

Citing violations of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (which prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s authority to set national policy), the Department of Justice has filed suit to challenge the state of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070….Read More. To read an update on the status of immigration reform, click here.

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Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

This month, we continue our series of travel tips with some advice dedicated to foreign nationals.    For many foreign nationals living and working in the United States, the summer is a popular time to travel back to their native countries and renew their visa paperwork.  If you are traveling abroad to renew your visa paperwork, here are a couple of helpful tips to facilitate the process:   Have a valid passport – Your current passport […]

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New Consular Fees for Immigrant Visas and Passports

Following an increase in consular fees for non-immigrant visa applications, the Department of State recently announced changes in fees for immigrant visa applications as well as passport services for U.S. citizens. As before, the new fees will help to cover the true cost of processing visa and passport applications and the operating costs for consular posts overseas, domestic passport agencies and other service centers. The prior fee for immigrant visa applications was $355.  The new […]

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Immigration Reform Update

Over the last few months, immigration reform has become a topic of serious debate across the United States.  While immigration reform has been a hot button issue for some time, the passage of Arizona’s immigration law, scheduled to go into effect July 29, has split American opinion and raised the debate to a greater level. By the end of July, at least six lawsuits will have been filed against the state of Arizona, challenging the […]

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