Can You Apply for a Green Card Next Month? Check the September Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category?

You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for September 2019 to see if your priority date is current next month.

USCIS has determined that in September, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, with the exception of F2A category applicants, who may use the Final Action Dates chart. The Final Action Dates Chart must be used for employer-sponsored green cards.

To view the full Bulletin, please visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-september-2019.html

Need help interpreting the Bulletin and preparing and filing your green card application?

Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 today.

Can You Apply for a Green Card Next Month? Check the August Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category?

You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2019 to see if your priority date is current next month.

USCIS has determined that in August, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, with the exception of F2A category applicants, who may use the Final Action Dates chart. The Final Action Dates Chart must be used for employer-sponsored green cards.

To view the full Bulletin, please visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-august-2019.html

Need help interpreting the Bulletin and preparing and filing your green card application?

Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 today.

Spouses of Permanent Residents can File Their Green Card Applications in July!

Are you the spouse of a permanent resident who has been lawfully residing in the U.S., waiting for the F2A preference category to become current so that you can apply for your green card? Well wait no more! The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for July 2019 has just been released, and shows the F2A category as current across all countries.

This means that in July, the spouse of a permanent resident will be able to submit the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative and I-485 Application to Adjust Status concurrently. Alternatively if your permanent resident spouse has already filed an I-130 Petition on your behalf, you will be eligible to submit the I-485 Application for your green card beginning July 1st.

Assembling the required documentation for a green card application takes time. Contact us today at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 to get started now!

CBP Announces e-SAFE Pilot Program for Online Filing of Waiver Applications

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced a new online system - the Electronic Secured Adjudication Forms Environment, known as e-SAFE.  

The new system will allow for the electronic filing of certain waiver applications. Specifically, it allows Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, and Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, to be submitted online for citizens of specified visa exempt countries including Canada, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. These waiver applications are for nonimmigrants who have been found inadmissible and who are otherwise barred from entry to the U.S.

Applicants will be able to view their application status, submit additional information if requested, and ultimately learn the outcome of their online waiver application through this system. 

Need help with your waiver application?

Contact us today at theteam@huwelaw.com, or 415-496-9040.

USCIS announces the beginning of “eProcessing”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that it will begin “eProcessing” cases. The official announcement states that “eProcessing will be a complete digital experience, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through receiving a decision on a case.” The hope is that this new system will “improve decision timeliness, increase transparency during the application process, and accelerate the availability of online filing for all immigration benefits.”

The first step in this transition is to allow certain nonimmigrants applying for a change of status or an extension of status to do so online.

Historically major changes in the processing system have been implemented slowly, over the course of many months or years. We expect that this will be the case here as well, and that the transition may be a bumpy one.  Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 to learn more.

Can you apply for a green card this month? Check the May Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category? You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for May 2019 to see if your priority date is current this month.

USCIS has determined that in May, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, and the Final Action Dates Chart used for employer-sponsored green cards.

To view the full Bulletin, please visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-may-2019.html

Need help interpreting the Bulletin and preparing and filing your green card application?

Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 today.

Military Parole-in-Place as a Path to a Green Card: What You Need to Know

Do you meet the following criteria? (1) You are an immigrant who entered the U.S. without a visa, (2) you are the spouse, parent, or child under 21 of a U.S. citizen, and (3) you have a close relative who is a member or former member of the U.S. Military? If so, you may be eligible for a green card via a special immigration benefit called “Parole-in-Place.”

In general, a “lawful admission” to the U.S. is required for the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen to be eligible for a green card. Parole-in-Place is a program that was created in year 2013 to help certain immigrants who do not have a “lawful admission” to obtain one without leaving the country.

What are the eligibility requirements for Parole-in-Place?

• You are physically present in the United States, but were not lawfully admitted

• You are the spouse, parent, or son or daughter (of any age) of an active duty member of the U.S. Armed, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (including individuals who served in the military but are now deceased)

• You have no prior criminal convictions or other serious adverse factors 

Even if you are eligible for Parole-in-Place, you must have a U.S. citizen spouse, parent, or child over the age of 21 who can serve as your sponsor for a green card. 

If you believe you may be eligible for this amazing benefit, please contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com, or 415-496-9040 to learn more.

Can you apply for a green card this month? Check the April Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category? You can check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2019 to see if your priority date is current this month.

USCIS has determined that in April, the Dates for Filing Chart must be used for family-sponsored green cards, and the Final Action Dates Chart used for employer-sponsored green cards.

To view the full Bulletin, please visit:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-april-2019.html

Need help interpreting the Bulletin and preparing and filing your green card application? Contact us at theteam@huwelaw.com or 415-496-9040 today.

Why Legal Immigration to the U.S. Has Decreased, and How it Affects You

Legal immigration to the U.S. was significantly down in 2018:

In 2018, approvals of all types of visas and green cards were down. For example, approvals of green cards for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (such as spouses) were down 7%, and fiance visa approvals were down a whopping 29%.

Immigration Forms Update: USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-539

Are you seeking to extend or change your current immigration status?


USCIS has published a new version of form I-539, which is used for someone currently in one immigration status to extend time in that status or change to a new status. USCIS has announced that it will allow use of the old form only until March 21st, 2019.

Apply for citizenship online and pay your fee by credit card

Did you know that a naturalization (citizenship) application can now be submitted online?

USCIS has made it possible for a citizenship application, including all supporting documents, to be submitted online. We like this relatively new option because it makes it possible for your citizenship application to be processed a bit more quickly, and monitored through the USCIS website.

Can you apply for a green card next month? Check the March Visa Bulletin!

Have you been “waiting in line” for a green card to become available in your preference category? You can now check the U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for March 2019 to see if your priority date will be current next month.

Are you ready for H-1b season?

Employers growing their business need the best talent, and sometimes that talent needs a visa. The 2018 H-1b season was brutal - USCIS applied unprecedented levels of scrutiny and issued burdensome Requests for Evidence. The stop on premium processing and extraordinary processing delays left businesses and applicants in an often untenable limbo. Some applications are still pending.

Make it your 2019 resolution to become a U.S. citizen!

If you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), now is the time to take that next step to become a U.S. citizen.

Our government is targeting immigrants in the U.S., even lawful permanent residents. It has become challenging for permanent residents to reenter the U.S. after foreign travel - many of our clients tell us that they have been interrogated for hours at the airport in “secondary inspection” and their phones taken and searched. Others are concerned about being (wrongfully) placed into deportation proceedings due to a minor criminal conviction in their past.

February Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 2019. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the Bulletin also includes notes about diversity immigrant visas (DV), the Employment Fourth Preference Category for Certain Religious Workers (SR), and the Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5), as well as visa availability for the coming months.

January Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for January 2019. In addition to the Final Action Dates and Dates for Filing charts, the bulletin also includes notes about diversity immigrant visas (DV), the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR), and the Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5). 

December Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for December 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the Bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa and the scheduled expiration of the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and the Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5).