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May 2020 Archives

Is It Better To Apply For A Green Card Inside The US Or Through The Consulate?

When applying for permanent residence, it is critical to understand and distinguish between the two different agencies charged with processing green card applications. In general, after a petition is approved-whether though family or employment-an applicant must choose whether to pursue consular processing or adjustment of status (assuming that one's priority date is current). Put simply, consular processing refers to a process where an individual appears for an interview at a US consulate abroad. These types of cases are handled primarily through the Department of State through the National Visa Center, which collects certain documents and forms before forwarding them to the US consulate. In contrast, the adjustment of status procedure takes place inside the US. The case is filed with and adjudicated domestically by USCIS.

Will There Be Another Proclamation For Non-Immigrants?

This past April, President Trump issued his immigration proclamation suspending the entry of Immigrants into the US for sixty days. We covered the salient points in earlier posts. However, unless you have read the order in its entirety, you may not realize that the order was only the first volley of what may turn out to be a series of immigration related restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, even before this proclamation was issued, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had already issued an order on March 20 suspending the entry of certain persons from where outbreaks exists. The effect of that order virtually expels individuals traveling from Canada or Mexico who would otherwise be processed at Port of Entry and Border Patrol stations. As a result, people traveling from those countries without proper travel documents or who have entered without inspection-even with meritorious refugee claims-will be summarily denied entry out of public safety concerns.

How Does Section 204l Work? | Humanitarian Reinstatement When Relative Dies

We recently received an approval of a 204l request on behalf of a widow whose husband was the primary beneficiary of an employment-based petition. Now that the petition has been formally reinstated by USCIS, our client will now be potentially eligible to file for adjustment of status as a derivative notwithstanding the fact that her deceased husband was the primary beneficiary of the employment-based petition. Under ordinary circumstances, this would not be possible since dependents cannot immigrate without the primary beneficiary, and petitions are automatically canceled/revoked if the primary beneficiary passes away. However, tucked away within the Immigration and Nationality Act is a special humanitarian provision, 204l, which addresses situations such as these and provides for restoration of what would normally be canceled files.

New Affidavit of Support Requirements Coming | I-864 and I-864A

Last week, USCIS quietly released for comments a proposed revision of the Affidavit of Support Form. The changes are purportedly to align with and have the forms better reflect the priorities emphasized in President Trump's Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens. The revisions will apply to Forms I-864, I-864EZ as well as I-864A for Household Members. All forms will incorporate new language clarifying and explaining to the sponsor what his/her obligations are (the affidavit is technically a legal contract) as well as legal consequences if the obligations are not met.

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    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationally Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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