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Pending I-131 Advance Parole Applications Being Denied Due to International Travel

Our office has recently learned that USCIS is changing their long-standing practice and have started denying Form I-131 Advance Parole applications due to abandonment in cases where the applicant has left the United States while the I-131 Advance Parole application was pending.      USCIS has confirmed that this is their actual current policy going [...]

By | 2017-08-24T10:03:36+00:00 August 24th, 2017|AOS, Articles, I-131, I-485, News, News Alert, Travel|

Can Biometrics be Completed at a USCIS Office Outside of US?

Many USCIS applications (normally those which result in the production of a "secure document") require the applicant provide digital biometrics at a USCIS office.   In most cases, the biometrics process includes digital fingerprinting and a digital photo. Many applicants who need to submit to the required biometrics are able to do so in the closest USCIS [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 January 5th, 2017|I-131, News, Reentry Permits, Travel, USCIS|

Reentry Permit Renewal and Surrendering of Current Document

Our office serves many first-time and returning reentry permit applicants and our clients and readers often want to know the options for extending (technically, obtaining a new) reentry permit if their circumstances  require continued stay outside of the United States.    We have addressed the renewal options and strategies in earlier articles; however, an additional follow-up [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:14+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Articles, I-131, News|

U.S. Permanent Residents (and Citizens) Must Declare and Pay U.S. Taxes on Worldwide Income

The United States is one of the few (if not the only one) countries in the world which taxes its citizens and permanent residents on the basis of their worldwide income.  As a result, U.S. permanent residents (and citizens) who decide to live and work outside of the U.S. on a temporary basis are normally [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:16+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Articles, citizenship, I-131, News|

Reentry Permit Timing Strategies and Considerations

U.S. permanent residents (green card holders) who spend extended period of time are likely (or should be) aware that the reentry permit is a document, issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) allowing its holder to remain outside of the U.S. for an extended period of time without causing their green card to be [...]

By | 2015-11-19T10:51:26+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Articles, I-131, News, Travel|

Biometrics Codes and Reusing/Transferring Biometrics

Many of our clients and readers are familiar with the requirement to submit to biometrics (digital fingerprinting and/or photograph, please see below) in connection with certain USCIS applications.    The biometrics are often taken at USCIS Application Support Centers (ASC) after a notice, showing a specific ASC address and appointment date/time, is issued and mailed to [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:48:04+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Articles, I-131, I-485, News|

USCIS Starts Issuing a Single Combined EAD/Advance Parole Card

There have been rumors and speculation on this topic (which we did not report until we had final confirmation), but now it is official.  USCIS has announced that they will start issuing a combined Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Advance Parole (AP) card for some applicants for adjustment of status. The new combined EAD/AP card [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:48:25+00:00 February 16th, 2011|Articles, I-131, I-485, News, Travel|

ASC Biometrics Notice Codes

Our office often receives inquiries by clients about a piece of information displayed on the ASC Appointment Notices issued for the purpose of capturing biometrics.  Our clients are asking us what is the meaning of the "Code" field, found in the top right part of the ASC Appointment Notice. The "Code" field is intended to [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:48:38+00:00 September 15th, 2010|Articles, I-131, I-485, News|

USCIS Lockbox Procedure Adds to Expedited Reentry Permit Processing Time

Starting December 2009, USCIS started implementing changes on the way I-131 reentry permit applications are receipted and processed.   Previously, I-131 reentry permit applications were filed directly at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) which issued receipts and, where appropriate, issued expedited processing biometrics notices. The NSC processing of expedited processing reentry permit biometrics allowed us to [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:48:47+00:00 May 17th, 2010|Articles, I-131, News, Travel|