Settlement Reached: H-4 EAD Renewals Now Also Qualifies For Automatic 180-Day extension and L-2s Get Work Authorization Without EAD.

Update November 15, 2021 USCIS has issued policy guidance to address automatic extension of employment authorization for certain H-4, E, and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses.  Again, note the following: "the automatic extension of the EAD will continue until the earlier of: the end dateon Form I-94 showing valid status, the approval or denial of the EAD renewal application, or 180 days from the...

H-1B Processing Update

We are starting a new post to track the processing timeframes of non-premium H-1B cases. Please check out a related post on Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium. Update 11/17/2021 Processing time for H-1B extension is currently quite stable. Here are some recent samples showing approval in about 4 to 5 months at the Vermont Processing Center. Update 10/28/2021 Some recent examples of H-1B...

Why Is My Case Taking So Long?

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Anxious About Not Having Received a Receipt Notice? Ask Emma

As USCIS continues to grapple with backlogs and extended processing delays, the issuance of receipt notices has also be impacted with some taking 3 weeks or longer to arrive by mail. Coupled with mail delivery issues at USPS, it has now become a challenge just to get the receipt notice in hand. It is no longer easy or expected to receive the receipt notice within a few short days. Receipt...

Naturalization Processing Updates

Update 08/30/2021 We have some more processing updates of pending naturalization cases at the Baltimore Field Office. Below are two interview notices scheduled for 10/01/2021. One was filed on 09/28/2020 and the other on 11/27/2020. Applications filed in 2020 generally takes about a year or longer for adjudication, whereas cases filed in 2021 are processed much faster. Update 08/24/2021 We...

I-751 Processing updates

Update Post 09/17/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 09/04/2021. Interview was waived. Filed on 12/06/2019 Approved on 09/04/2021 Update Post 08/20/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 08/17/2021. The interview also took place on 08/17/2021. Filed on 05/31/2019 Approved on 08/17/2021 Original Post 06/29/2021 Regarding ACS biometrics notices, we recently received one for a I-751 that was...

USCIS Will Offer Relief to Those Impacted by Delays at USCIS Lockbox

Update June 18, 2021 If you have experienced a delayed rejection of your immigration filing which you are unable to refile due to no longer being eligible for the immigration benefit requested, please pay attention to the current flexibilities offered by USCIS. These filing flexibilities are effective for 60 days from June 10, 2021, until August 9, 2021. Refiling Eligibility You may refile your...

USCIS Processing Update: H-4 / H-4 EAD

Update November 10, 2021 - Breaking News H-4 spouses may now benefit from automatic extension of their EADs. Once renewal EAD is timely filed, the expiring EAD will be extended up to 180 days. Work authorization is now incidental to L-2. Meaning that L-2 holders may work without having to apply for EAD. Update October 27, 2021 This is a stand-alone H-4. Total processing time is less than 4...

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...