Biometric Appt may now be Rescheduled by Phone

On May 11, 2021, USCIS announced that Biometric Services Appointment may now be re-scheduled by calling the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283). Applicants must establish good cause for rescheduling and must call before the date and time of their original appointment to reschedule. It seems applicants may still reschedule by mailing back the biometrics notice with the box checked for...

Potential Issues Faced by Returning LPRs after Extended Stays Overseas

Update Post: May 28, 2021 Issues continue to pile up as more and more LPRs with extended stays abroad try to enter the United States. It has been reported by some whose stay overseas lasted more than a year that they were denied boarding by the airline during check-in. Some airlines may refuse to board LPR even when the green card is still valid by following the regulation below: An immigrant...

USCIS is Responding Quickly to Service Request Inquiry

Update May 4, 2021 Since January of last year, we have seen an uptick in typos and errors on official notices. We've caught errors almost every month which suggests the trend will continue. Errors include name misspellings, wrong priority date, wrong DOB, missing A#, and wrong EB category (EB1 instead of EB2). We will create a new post to track these ongoing errors. It is important to look at...

USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment Verification

As we have been posting recently, USCIS is experiencing record delays in issuing receipt notices of various applications. We just finally received all receipt notices in connection with I-485 employment based applications in October 2020 (a 4 month wait!). It does not seems like the situation is improving as we are continuing to receive various receipt notices that are 2 to 3 months late. The...

CIS Ombudsman Provides Case Assistance on Receipt Delays, Biometrics Appointment, EAD delays

The CIS Ombudsman has issued an update regarding its services for case assistance. Receipt Delays If more than 90 days have passed since you filed a petition/application with USCIS, you may submit a request for case assistance with the CIS Ombudsman, and our office will reach out to USCIS to resolve your issue. If less than 90 days have passed since you filed a petition/application with USCIS,...

Additional Time Added for Responding to USCIS notices

Update Post 06/24/2021 USCIS has announced another extension of flexibilities shown below. Additional time will continue to be given for responding to certain requests and notices that are dated between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. providing additional time for responding to USCIS. Update Post 03/24/2021 In an effort to extend accommodations in light of Covid, USCIS continues to allow...

Update on the Receipt Notice Delays

Due to significant visa number movements in October 2020 which opened the door to a record influx of Green Card applications and the ongoing Covid Pandemic, USCIS has been slow in issuing receipt notices of petitions and applications. Even to this month, we have been receiving receipt notices for I485, I765, I131 that were filed in October 2020 although only a few remain outstanding. The...

USCIS No Longer Places Sticker to Extend Validity of Green Card

Starting in January 2021, USCIS will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”) with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. LPRs file Form I-90, when their Green Card expires or is about to expire.The...