As an immigration lawyer in today’s changing world, I am frequently approached by prospective clients whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been scheduled to terminate. They are often scared and bewildered, wondering what, if any, option they have?
Are you looking to sponsor a parent for a green card? The process can be trickier than you think.
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%.
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.
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.
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.