Immigration Updates

  • Fee to Expedite Passport

    BUFFALO PASSPORT AGENCY PASSPORT DAY! Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The expedite fee normally charged at this location will be waived on this day for non-emergency cases. Buffalo Passport Agency 111 Genesee Street Suite 101 Buffalo, NY 14203 For passport information, fees, and forms, please visit http://travel.state.gov…

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  • ITIN Expiration

    Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers will expire if not used on a federal income tax return for any year during a period of five consecutive years, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. That is, the IRS will not deactivate an ITIN that has been used on at least one tax return in the past five years. To give all interested parties time to adjust and allow the IRS to reprogram its systems, the IRS will not begin deactivating ITINs until 2016. Further details here.…

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  • Ebola Immigration Relief

    The Immigration Service announced that it will offer some additional benefits to nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who are currently in the US as a humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Most significantly USCIS will accept change of status and extension of status applications from nationals of the above countries, even if the applicant is out of status. USCIS will also expedite certain immigration applications. For more information visit www.uscis.gov.…

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  • Social Security Card Changes

    The Social Security Administration announced that as of August 1, 2014, they will no longer provide social security cards at the time of an in-person application or soon after the in-person application. It may take up to two weeks to receive the card. Social security card applicants may receive an instant letter online verifying their application by using a Social Security account. For instructions and more information click on the following link. http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/…

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  • Dept. of State Update on delays in Visa Processing

    Most Recent Update on Delays in Passport and Visa processing: The Dept. of State issued an update stating that they are now issuing passports within normal processing times. They are making progress on the backlog in processing non-immigrant visa applications such as visitors visas and student visas. They also report that they give priority to immigrant visa (green card) applications, adoption cases, and emergency non-immigrant visa applications.…

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