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Eligibility For Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process Extended
August 3, 2016
USCIS has announced a final rule expanding the eligibility for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver of the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility. The new rule goes into effect on August 29, 2016.
USCIS To Implement Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) Program
May 10, 2016
USCIS has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the implementation of the Filipino Veterans Parole policy. Under the FWVP program, USCIS will offer certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans, who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa numbers to become available.
Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: USCIS Reminds Applicants On Evidence of DOS Fee Payment
April 30, 2013
USCIS has announced that it has rejected many applications for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (Form I-601A) because the applicants did not provide proof that the required Immigrant Visa Application Fee was paid to the U.S. Department of State (DOS). USCIS has reminded applicants that it cannot accept a Form I-601A unless it includes evidence that the applicant has paid the Immigrant Visa Application Fee to DOS.
Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver process for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens Announced
January 08, 2013
The new provisional waiver process allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before they depart the United States to attend immigrant visa interviews in their countries of origin. In order to obtain a provisional unlawful presence waiver, the applicant must be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, inadmissible only on account of unlawful presence, and demonstrate the denial of the waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen.
USCIS Announces Changes to Stand-Alone I-130 Filing Locations
December 24, 2011
USCIS has announced changes in the filing locations for Form I-130 and effective 01/01/2012 domestic petitioners will mail their stand-alone I-130 applications to either the Chicago Lockbox or the Phoenix Lockbox, depending on where they reside in the United States. There will, however, be no change in filing locations when submitting Form I-130 along with Form I-485, for Adjustment of Status, and individuals filing these forms together will continue to mail them to the Chicago Lockbox facility.
USCIS Centralizes Filing of Form I-130
August 24, 2011
Effective Aug. 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices must file their Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox facility in Chicago. Petitioners residing in a country with a USCIS office may send their petitions to the USCIS Chicago lockbox, or file at the USCIS office in that country. Individuals who must file Form I-130 at the Chicago lockbox should use the addresses provided in the revised form instructions.
USCIS Memo on eligibility for naturalization for battered spouses and children
February 4, 2005
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a memo clarifying that individuals who obtained lawful permanent residence by reason of an approved waiver of the joint filing requirement under section 216(c)(4)(C) of the INA are also eligible to apply for naturalization under section 319(a).
USCIS Memo on Good Moral Character in VAWABased selfpetitions
January 25, 2005
In an interoffice memorandum the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has informed the adjudicators at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) of the change in the law concerning determinations of good moral character made in connection with VAWAbased selfpetitions (Forms I360).

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