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New Affidavit of Support Policy Simplifies Visa Processing

By Reuben S. Seguritan January 4, 2017 Last December 28, the Department of State announced that original or wet ink signatures are no longer required in the Affidavit of Support. Under the new policy which started on January 1, 2017, the National Visa Center (NVC) now accepts photocopies and scanned versions of signed Forms I-864 Read the full article…

Conviction For Elderly Abuse is Bar to Deportation Relief

By Reuben S. Seguritan December 28, 2016 For noncitizens residing here in the US, the commission of certain crimes has immigration consequences. It may render them inadmissible and/ or deportable. There are also certain crimes known as CIMT or crimes involving moral turpitude which may preclude eligibility for deportation relief including cancellation of removal. A Read the full article…

Relief from Deportation

By Reuben S. Seguritan December 21, 2016 Although president-elect Donald Trump has softened his stance on deporting undocumented immigrants, many are still fearful of what his presidency could do especially to the young immigrants who came out of the shadows and offered their information in exchange for the protection promised by the Deferred Action on Read the full article…

New Bipartisan Bill To Protect DREAMers from Deportation

By Reuben S. Seguritan DREAMers may have found hope against possible deportation in the coming months as a new bipartisan bill that will protect them is underway. Called the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy” or BRIDGE Act, the new bill introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Diane Read the full article…

New rules to benefit immigrant workers

By Reuben S. Seguritan December 07, 2016 The USCIS released last November 18 a final rule aimed at improving the processes for certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs for highly skilled workers. Called, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers”, it goes into effect on January Read the full article…

What you need to know about deportation

By Reuben S. Seguritan November 30, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has softened his stance on immigration. During his campaign, he vowed to deport all the 11 million undocumented immigrants. In a recent interview however, he said that he would prioritize the removal of the 2 to 3 million with criminal records. Focusing on undocumented immigrants Read the full article…

Dreamers’ Dilemma: To file or not to file for DACA

By Reuben S. Seguritan November 23, 2016 Young immigrants known as Dreamers are in a dilemma after the election of Donald Trump as president. Should they file for DACA? Should those with DACA status file for renewal or travel under advance parole? DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an executive action which was announced Read the full article…

What to expect from Trump on immigration

By Reuben S. Seguritan November 16, 2016 Donald Trump’s election as president has caused fear and anxiety in immigrant communities across the US. It is no secret that central to his campaign was his hard-line stance on immigration. He vowed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the US-Mexico border and make Read the full article…

Communicating with the national visa center

By Reuben S. Seguritan November 09, 2016 The National Visa Center (NVC) processes approved immigrant petitions and K visa applications after they are forwarded from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is where all immigrant visa pre-processing is done including collection of paperwork and payment of fees before these are sent to Read the full article…

Immigration Fees to Increase Effective Dec. 23

By Reuben S. Seguritan November 02, 2016 Effective December 23, fees for most immigration applications and petitions will increase by an average of 21 percent. The increase will be the first in six years. A comprehensive review had determined that the USCIS was not recovering the full costs of processing immigrant benefits. Lack of congressional Read the full article…