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DV Lottery 2016

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2016 began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and ends on November 3, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible because heavy demand may result in system delays in the final days of the

SCOTUS Limits CSPA

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has severely limited the applicability of the “conversion” provision of the Child Status Protection Act to the family preference categories. Many had hoped that in cases where children aged out, the court would allow a simple solution: the principal beneficiary would simply and automatically become

Illinois Immigrant Cleared to Stay After Voting by Mistake

A federal appeals court has cleared a Filipino immigrant of wrongdoing for registering to vote while getting her driver's license and then casting a ballot, ending her battle of nearly 10 years to remain in the United States. In 2006, Mrs. Keathley registered to vote while getting her driver's license, which is allowed through the National Voter

New I-693 Medical Exam Rules

As of June 1, 2014, USCIS started applying new rules for filing the Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The new rules require that the form be submitted less than one year after it is completed and signed by the U.S. Civil Surgeon. Additionally, the form will be valid for only one year from the date it is submitted to USCIS.

Recent Ruling Finds that Temporary Protected Status May Now Be Considered an Admission for Adjustment of Status Purposes

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has recently ruled that a noncitizen’s grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualifies as “inspection and admission” into the United States. This is great news for many, as inspection and admission are usually required in order for applicants to be eligible for lawful

Military Citizenship Not Always Expedited

Mario Hernandez, a Vietnam vet who wished to naturalize, had served in the Army during a “designated period of hostilities,” as the relevant law terms it. As a result, Mr. Hernandez was eligible for an expedited citizenship process, and exempt from naturalization requirements including permanent residence and five years continuous physical

USCIS releases FAQs regarding Advanced Parole

Many individuals who are awaiting for their Adjustment of Status wonder whether they can travel outside the U.S. before their case is approved. Many of them even wonder if they can travel between the U.S territories or U.S. states outside the mainland U.S. Travel is an important part of everyone’s life regardless whether they travel domestically or

Government Grows Less Secretive

When it comes to their I-94 records, nonimmigrant visitors to the U.S. no longer need to push back the darkness – the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has let the sunshine in. Until just last week, the only way for a foreign national to access his or her own arrival/departure (I-94) records was to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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