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USCIS is raising fees, effective December 23, 2016

The new fees will apply to all petitions and applications physically received on or after Friday, December 23, 2016.  The following is a partial list of the new fees by form type: I–90  Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card  $455 I–102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document. $445 I–129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $460 I–129F Petition for Alien Fiance´(e) $535 I–130 Petition for Alien Relative $535 I–131 Application for Travel Document $575 I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700 I–290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675 I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status $1,140 I–765  Application for Employment Authorization $410 I–824 Application for Action on an Approved Application...

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Visa posts to revoke nonimmigrant visas for individuals arrested for or convicted of DUI

The Department of State’s Visa Office sent the following guidance to overseas consular posts on September 9, 2016: Guidance Directive 2016-03 – 9 FAM 403.11-3 – VISA REVOCATION “The Department would like to bring to your attention a policy implemented on November 5, 2015, which requires consular officers to prudentially revoke (i.e., without making a determination that the individual is inadmissible) nonimmigrant visas of individuals arrested for, or convicted of, driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, or similar arrests/convictions, that occurred within the previous five years, as detailed in 9 FAM 403.11-3(A). This requirement does not apply when the arrest/conviction occurred...

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How Immigration Statutes are Implemented

A great deal of confusion concerns what federal agencies may do. Before an agency may do anything, there must be a Congressional statute authorizing the agency to act. Congress might pass a law that provides: “The status of an alien who was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States or the status of any other alien having an approved petition for classification as a VAWA self-petitioner may be adjusted by the Attorney General, in his discretion and under such regulations as he may prescribe, to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence if . . .” [Emphasis...

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DHS Proposes New Rule for Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States. Read the advance version of the notice of proposed rulemaking: International Entrepreneur Rule. Once the notice of proposed rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 45 days from the date of publication to comment. To submit comments, follow the instructions in the notice. “America’s economy has long benefitted from the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs,...

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Retention & Abandonment Of Lawful Permanent Residency

When a person is admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident (“LPR” status), he or she does not receive an absolute grant of residence for the rest of his or her life. Rather, the grant is conditional and depends upon certain conditions remaining unchanged. For example, if an LPR commits a very serious crime, the LPR can be removed from the United States. The more common reason for loss of LPR status, however, is abandonment of LPR status. When a person is given LPR status, they are expected to make their actual home in the United States. If...

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