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USCIS Launches SAVE Initiative Aimed at Sponsors of Immigrants

On September 10, USCIS announced that it was implementing a new initiative called SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements). This initiative is aimed at sponsors of immigrants, which usually includes family filing petitions as well as other individuals who complete affidavits of support at some point during the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident.…

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US Citizenship Office in Austin – Is There a USCIS Office in Austin, Texas?

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) operates many offices across the United States and even internationally. You can check for the nearest USCIS Office at https://egov.uscis.gov/office-locator/. As of today, USCIS does not have an immigration office in Austin, Texas, despite many immigrants living in the area. There are many USCIS offices in Texas. Most people…

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USCIS Updates Guidance on Discretion

USCIS announced updates to its guidance on discretion in immigration decisions on July 15, 2020. While this guidance is aimed at adjudicators who are deciding whether to approve a benefit, it should be useful for arguing positive discretionary factors as well. The updates can be found in the USCIS Policy Manual: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-1-part-e-chapter-8 https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-10-part-a-chapter-5

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USCIS Preparing to Reopen Offices

US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 26, 2020 that it would begin reopening its public offices. Starting on June 4, 2020 USCIS offices will gradually start to reopen with new procedures and protections against the coronavirus. Most USCIS public offices have been completely closed with rare exceptions only for very urgent cases; however,…

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USCIS Fee Increases Coming

The New York Times reports on May 17, 2020, that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is asking Congress for emergency funding. The agency plans to recover those funds with a 10% fee surcharge on immigration applications. At this time, it is unclear how soon those fee increases might take effect or whether they will…

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