USCIS Policies

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”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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).

November 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for November 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the Bulletin also includes notes on the extension of two employment visa categories, the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and Employment Fifth Preference Pilot (I5 and R5).

New USCIS policy regarding NTA issuance goes into effect

On October 1st, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing a new policy regarding the issuance of a Notice to Appear in immigration court (NTA) following the denial of an application or petition.

October 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for October 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the Bulletin also includes notes on the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories, the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and the Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5), which will only be restored if Congress acts.

September 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for September 2018. In addition to final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa cut-offs, Special Immigrant translator visa availability, and retrogression of September employment-based final action dates.

July 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing charts, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa cut-offs, special immigrant translator visa availability, and retrogression of several employment-based final action dates.

Why you need a lawyer for your marriage-based green card case

One question we are frequently asked during our initial legal evaluations for cases involving “green cards” through marriage is: Why do I need a lawyer? For many reasons, a lawyer is necessary for the green card process.

June 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for June 2018. In addition to filing and filing action dates, the bulletin includes notes on the diversity visa cut-offs, special immigrant translator visa availability, and visa availability for Mexico E4 and SR.

TPS to end for Honduras

On May 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be terminating the TPS designation for Honduras. The approximately 90,000 Honduran citizens who are currently present in the U.S. in TPS have until January 5, 2020 to either depart or to find another way to remain here lawfully under our immigration laws.

TPS to End for Nepal

On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be terminating the TPS designation for Nepal. The approximately 9,000 Nepalese citizens who are currently present in the U.S. in TPS have until June 24th, 2019 to either depart or to find another way to remain here lawfully under our immigration laws.

Staying on top of USCIS forms updates

In recent times the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that adjudicates visa, "green card," and citizenship applications within the US, has been frequently updating its application forms. Over the past six months, USCIS has created new form editions for the I-864 Affidavit of Support, I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, and I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to name a few.