Monthly Archives: July 2007

DIRECT FILING OF IMMIGRATION BENEFITS

The following is not legal advice.  Please consult a qualified immigration lawyer to discuss the specifics of your unique situation. Effective July 30, 2007 forms I-129F, I-131, I-140, I-360, I-485, I-765 and I-907  should be filed directly with the Service … Continue reading

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REPRESENTATIVE LOFGREN INTRODUCES BILL TO VOID IMMIGRATION FEE INCREASES

According to a Press Release on her website, Rep. Lofgren (D – San Jose) today introduced a bill to void the recent increases in immigration fees by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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ONE COUPLE’S IMMIGRATION NIGHTMARE

An article that appeared in the Denver Post highlights the importance of being extremely careful when dealing with US immigration matters.  Things are not as straightforward as they seem and “honest mistakes” can trigger a nightmare situation. I will soon … Continue reading

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SUBSCRIBING TO IMMIGRANTCONNECT.COM

I asked our resident tech genius how readers could subscribe to this blog (as some of you have manged to do on your own), here’s what he had to say: All they need to do is point their RSS reader … Continue reading

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E-FILING USCIS FORMS

This is not legal advice. Please consult a qualified immigration lawyer to assist you with your specific case. The following USCIS forms may be e-filed online: I-90, I-129 (some categories), I-129S, I-131, I-140, I-539, I-765, I-821 and I-907. Although the … Continue reading

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IMMIGRANTS LIFT US HOUSING MARKET

According to a Forbes.com article:  “the nation’s growing number of foreign-born residents are keeping the bottom from falling out. And amid slow demand from an aging and slow-growing native population, immigrants are fueling predictions of a rebound.”

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USCIS RESCINDS DISCONTINUANCE OF “PREPAID MAILERS”

Changing their minds yet again, decision-makers at the USCIS rescinded the update dated July 23, 2007 that discontinued the use of “prepaid mailers.” In its newest update, the agency is allowing filers to enclose “prepaid mailers.”

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USCIS UPDATE REGARDING FEE INCREASE FOR ELECTRONIC FILINGS

The USCIS just released an update regarding the fee increase for electronic filings.   Forms I-765 and I-131 may not be filed electronically as of today.  I-140 Petitions may still be filed electronically.  The new filing fee of $475 will be … Continue reading

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INCREASED USCIS FILING FEES GO INTO EFFECT TODAY

Just another reminder that the USCIS filing fees increase today.  However, until August 17, 2007, EB I-485 applications filed pursuant to the July 2007 visa bulletin must include the old application and fingerprint fees.  If an I-140 Petition is filed … Continue reading

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TIME TO OFFER PERMANENT RESIDENCE TO GAY SPOUSES

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first gay wedding. It was as meaningful and special as any of the other weddings I have been to.  Families and close friends of the couple were gathered, vows were exchanged before … Continue reading

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