Month: September 2020

September 14, 2020

Work Permits Based On Filing Asylum Just Got Tougher

On August 25, 2020, new regulations went into effect that make obtaining a work permit based on filing an asylum application much tougher.  This aligns with the Trump Administration policy to make it tougher on those in the USA seeking asylum.  The period for filing for an asylum application work permit has gone from 180 […]


September 10, 2020

Covid 19 & Immigration

Delays, Delays, Delays   Portland Immigration Court (EOIR) For months, all non-detained hearings have been cancelled.  We typically get a few weeks notice of cancellations.  Currently, all non-detained hearings at the Portland, Oregon Immigration Court are cancelled through September 25, 2020.  The Immigration Court will re-schedule these hearings.  Cancellations for this period of time is […]


September 8, 2020

USCIS To Increase Fees On Most Application Beginning October 2, 2020

USCIS will begin fee increases beginning October 2, 2020.  Here are some notable fee increases: Family Petition Form i-130:  $25 increase from $535 to $560 Waiver Form i192 (often needed for the U visa):  $470 increase from $930 to $1400 Unlawful Presence Waiver Form i601a:  $330 increase from $630 + $85 biometric fee to $960 […]


September 3, 2020

National Visa Center Expedite Requests For Consular Process Cases

If your relative needs to process their case outside the USA, once the family petition (i-130) is approved, the case is sent to the National Visa Center which is located in New Hampshire.  You should also get an email with your case number and invoice number. How To Request An NVC Expedite In order to […]