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October 2020 Visa Bulletin

October 2020 Visa Bulletin

One of the biggest parts of getting a green card in the U.S. is waiting for your priority date to be current. For those that have invested the time, effort, and money into an immigrant visa, questions arise such as “How long will it take for my date to be current?” and “Can I speed this process up?”. To help answer these questions, this post will provide regular monthly updates on the most recent visa bulletin, an analysis of the date movements, and what predictions are made about the coming months. This month, we’ll go over the October 2020 visa bulletin.

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U.S. Looks to Collect More Biometric Data

U.S. Looks to Expand Collection of Biometric Data from Immigrants

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to expand its collection of personal information from immigrants seeking U.S. visas and citizenship. DHS stated that it would soon release a formal proposal for new guidelines regarding the department authorities and methods for the expansion of biometric data collection.

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All I-797 Forms: Everything You Need To Know

I-797 Form

It’s easy to feel like a computer just filling out endless forms for USCIS in order to immigrate to the U.S. However, there is one form that USCIS has to fill out and send to you: I-797 form. There are different versions of the I-797 that have different purposes, but they are all probably the most important documents USCIS will send you. If you have a safe, put any I-797 you receive in there next to your family jewels, passport, and that baseball card collection. Continue reading

How USCIS Furloughs Will Affect Your Immigration Application

USCIS furloughs

Note: As predicted as a possible option in the earlier version of this article, USCIS furloughs were delayed. “USCIS expects to be able to maintain operations through the end of fiscal year 2020,” wrote USCIS in a statement on August 25, 2020. “Aggressive spending reduction measures will impact all agency operations, including naturalizations, and will drastically impact agency contracts.” Stay tuned to this page for more updates.

On August 30, 2020, USCIS plans to furlough two-thirds of its workforce, citing Congress’ failure to reach a deal on the new stimulus package, according to a report from USA Today. The USCIS furloughs will affect 13,400 employees and are expected to last until October 1, 2020. Continue reading

The Definitive Guide to I-94 Extension: Process, Fee, Processing Time

i-94 extensionA repeating point of confusion for nonimmigrants entering the country with a valid visa is the difference between their visa expiration date and their I-94 expiration date. Many nonimmigrants catch themselves in a panic when they realize they need to file a I-94 extension before their visa expires in order to remain in the country. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and changing travel laws, it is now more important than ever to check your I-94 status and see if you need to file an extension.

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