Monday, August 10, 2020

Application Period Open for Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Programs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. The grant opportunities, mandated by Congress and funded with appropriations rather than the agency's operating funds, will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.    

These competitive grant opportunities are open to organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. 

USCIS expects to announce award recipients in September 2020, if agency staff are available to review applications and oversee the program. However, should agency staff be furloughed in late August, USCIS anticipates that the grant program coul

Monday, August 3, 2020

How Trump's coronavirus immigration orders affect visas and green cards

President Trump tweeted in April that he would “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” leading to confusion and panic.

For those affected by the rapidly shifting regulations, it can be hard to make sense of documents written in inscrutable legalese. The problem is that somebody thinks that something applies to them when it doesn’t or doesn’t realize something applies to them when it does.

To make things easier, here’s a breakdown of recently implemented restrictions on work and resident visas.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Applying Discretion in USCIS Adjudications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has consolidated existing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding officers’ application of discretion in adjudications.

For many immigration benefits, including certain applications for lawful permanent residence and employment authorization, requestors must show that a favorable exercise of discretion is warranted, in addition to showing that they meet all other eligibility requirements. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Visa Bulletin September 2020 Predictions

For official August 2020 Visa Bulletin and Analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-august-2020.aspx

Please see September 2020 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based categories for all countries):

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F108OCT1408OCT1408OCT1408FEB9815DEC11
F2ACCCCC
F2B08JUL1508JUL1508JUL1515APR9901JUL11
F322JUN0822JUN0822JUN0801AUG9622MAR02
F401OCT0601OCT0608MAR0501AUG9815DEC01
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F115AUG1515AUG1515AUG1508FEB0001OCT12
F2A01AUG2001AUG2001AUG2001AUG2001AUG20
F2B01MAY1601MAY1601MAY1601DEC9901MAR12
F322JUN0922JUN0922JUN0908AUG0001JAN03
F415SEP0715SEP0722NOV0508APR9901SEP02

Friday, July 24, 2020

USCIS Launches Updated Website

Today, USCIS launched an updated uscis.gov website, which they designed with input from applicants, petitioners and the public. In addition to a new look and feel, they have improved the website to help visitors better navigate our existing online tools and resources, as well as to file and manage applications and petitions online.

They are also making information about our processes easier to find by streamlining our navigation based on user feedback, data and best practices. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

August 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For August 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-august-2020.aspx

Please see below analysis of August 2020 Visa Bulletin:

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F1+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+14 Days+3 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+14 Days+3 Months
F3+24 Days+24 Days+24 Days+7 Days+3 Months
F4+17 Days+17 Days+14 Days+14 Days+3 Months
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F1+1 Month 16 Days+1 Month 16 Days+1 Month 16 Days+24 Days+4 Months
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+24 Days+4 Months
F3+23 Days+23 Days+23 Days+17 Days+4 Months
F4+17 Days+17 Days+17 Days+24 Days+4 Months

August 2020 Visa Bulletin

For July 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-july-2020.aspx

For analysis of August 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-august-2020.aspx

August 2020 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from August 1 to August 31 only). Please see below for more details.

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 15AUG14
15AUG14 15AUG14 22DEC97 01SEP11
F2A C C C C C
F2B 08JUN15 08JUN15 08JUN15 22MAR99 01APR11
F3 01JUN08 01JUN08 01JUN08 15JUL96 15NOV01
F4 08SEP06 08SEP06 22FEB05 15JUN98 01SEP01
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 08JUN15 08JUN15 08JUN15 01FEB00 08JUN12
F2A 01JUL20 01JUL20 01JUL20 01JUL20 01JUL20
F2B 15MAR16 15MAR16 15MAR16 08NOV99 01DEC11
F3 08MAY09 08MAY09 08MAY09 01AUG00 22AUG02
F4 01SEP07 01SEP07 08NOV05 01APR99 08MAY02