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Don’t be afraid to ask . . . USCIS to expedite your immigration case!

In the past six months, we’ve been successful getting our clients’ cases moved ahead of the pack by asking USCIS for expedited processing and providing strong evidence to support the agency’s approval of this discretionary action. Many immigration lawyers in Alaska and the Lower 48 discourage clients from seeking “expedited adjudication” of their cases arguing that it’s a waste of time because it’s never granted. But, you have nothing to lose by asking! 

I-693 Signed Earlier Than 60 Days Before Applying for an Immigration Benefit?

No problem! USCIS will accept it, for now. Today, USCIS announced it is waiving, temporarily, the requirement that the I-693 be signed by a civil surgeon no earlier than 60 days before filing for an immigration benefit (e.g., I-485 to adjust your status while you are present in the United States).  That means if you …

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When Updating Your Address with the USCIS Isn’t Enough.

Immigration Law practitioners emphasize to their clients, early and often, the need to keep the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) informed within ten days of any address change.  Non-U.S. Citizens over the age of 14 in the United States for thirty days or longer are required to register and submit biometrics to the Department …

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USCIS ANCHORAGE FIELD OFFICE WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

After the May 2021 departure of USCIS Field Office Interim Director Steven B. Corley, USCIS has named Arvind Ramakrishnan to the post as its permanent head. Director Ramakrishnan has invited Alaska Bar members of the Immigration Law Section to meet in December 2021 for discussions on building positive relationships between and among stakeholders. The Anchorage …

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Why Your Immigration Documents May Need An Apostille

Recently, we assisted an immigration client in Oklahoma with obtaining identity documents needed to meet the legal requirements to marry his fiancée in another country.  The country required each of the documents, which included the U.S. citizen’s birth certificate and divorce decree, be authenticated by an apostille.  While the process was not overly burdensome, it …

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USCIS Updates Guidance to Require COVID-19 Vax for Green Cards

Green Card and other applicants for U.S. immigration benefits must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations starting October 1, 2021. On September 14, 2021, USCIS announced a policy update requiring all applicants for immigration benefits and others “deemed necessary” and needing a medical examination as part of their immigration or nonimmigration petition packet “must be …

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“Renewal” versus “Removal” When it Comes to Green Cards

Like your passport, driver’s license, or other government-issued identification, your I-551 (“Green Card”) will have an expiration date and require renewal. When it comes to the Green Card, however, it’s important to recognize the distinctions between the two types: (1) Conditional, 2-year Green Card; and (2) Permanent, 10-year Green Card. If you’re a conditional resident …

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High Court Strikes Down Immigrant Law Rulings from the Ninth Circuit

In the last two weeks, the United States Supreme Court issued two 9-0 decisions reversing U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decisions related to immigration.  The cases touched on removal / deportation proceedings for aliens in the United States legally and the subsequent effects on immigrants seeking certain benefits under the Immigration and …

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