Immigration News

  • Can I renew my DACA?

    Several Federal District Courts have ruled that the administration must temporarily maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis as the legal challenges to the president's decision to terminate the program proceeds. In February the Supreme Court declined to intervene, which means the legal challenges to ending DACA will continue to proceed through the courts. In the mean time, USCIS is accepting renewal applications for prior DACA recipients. No new DACA applications are being accepted, but r…

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  • How long can I stay in the US?

    How long can I stay in the US? If you are not a US citizen, or green card holder, when you are inspected at the US border, you will be admitted for a specific amount of time (a period of lawful admission).  It is important to pay attention to this admission period.  If you stay longer than permitted by your last entry to the US, you may be overstaying your entry.  If you overstay, you could be deported. If you overstay for 6 months or more, you could be barred from returning to the US for three…

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  • STEM OPT Deadline

    The filing fee for Form I-765 is $410, effective 12 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, December 23, 2016. A deadline for 2017 has not been listed yet. See USCIS.gov for details. If you are now on a 17-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension, you may apply to extend your OPT period for an extra 7 months. You must file form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) by August 8, 2016. This form must be signed and submitted with the correct fee. For more information on the 7-month extensi…

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  • Filing Fee Increases

    The clock is ticking . . . The Immigration Service recently proposed raising the filing fees for many immigration applications. We expect filing fees to increase in the Fall of 2016. The biggest proposed filing fee increases are for the following applications. Naturalization (Form N-400) Increase from $595 to $640 Proof of US Citizenship (Forms N-600 and N-600K) Increase from $600 to $1170 Relative Petitions (Forms I-130 and I-485) I-130: Increase from $420 to $535 I-485:…

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  • Diversity Lottery Tip

    The Diversity Lottery Program (also known as the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program) provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) every year for those from counties with low rates of immigration to the US. Lottery winners are drawn from all entries of those who qualify to apply. For more information on the Diversity Lottery, including a list of countries whose natives are eligible to apply for the lottery, visit travel.state.gov. Warning: Filing an application for the Diversity Lottery ma…

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