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Preparing for a Biometrics Appointment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires most immigrants filing an application, petition or request to provide identity confirmation and background checks through biometrics— fingerprints, a photograph and a signature. For immigrants residing in the United States, USCIS sends Form I-797C, Notice of Action with information on the date, time and the Application Support Center …

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Most Common Reasons Why U.S. Citizenship Applications Are Denied

When applying for U.S. citizenship, it is essential to avoid the pitfalls that cause so many citizenship applicants to get denied each year. The more knowledge you have about the issues that commonly cause applications to be denied, the easier it will be to avoid falling into these traps. While some citizenship applications get denied …

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New Streamlined EAD / SSN Process Launches

With a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA,) some foreign nationals using the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, can now streamline their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Social Security number (SSN) applications. The new streamlined process applies to foreign nationals in certain categories …

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Cómo obtener una copia del certificado de naturalización

Your certificate of naturalization shows that you are a naturalized American citizen and that you have successfully completed the citizenship process. A certificate of naturalization can help you prove that you are authorized to live and work in the United States, travel with a US passport and vote in elections in the United States. Once …

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ACICS Loss of Accreditation Affects Some Immigrant Students

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) no longer recognizes Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS.) This affects two immigrant-related programs– English language study and F1 students who are applying for a 24-month science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) extension. On December 12, 2016, ED announced English language study programs …

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USCIS Adds Security Features to Green Cards and EADs

While some green card and EAD recipients will receive the next generation cards on May 1, others could receive current forms of the IDs. New identifications “may still display the existing design format as USCIS will continue using existing card stock until current supplies are depleted.” Regardless of the old or the new form, each …

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USCIS Allows Online Account Creation for Immigrant Fee Payment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now offers new immigrants the option to voluntarily create an online account for paying the required USCIS Immigrant Fee. Immigrants who choose to create a USCIS online account have easy access to keeping track of their green card status, receiving electronic notifications and case updates and also changing and …

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USCIS Assists Low-Income Naturalization Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now assists low-income naturalization applicants with a reduced application fee of $320 plus an $85 biometric services fee. The discounted rate applies to qualified applicants with a demonstrated need for the cost reduction. USCIS offers the fee reduction to immigrants with a documented annual household income that’s greater than 150 percent– …

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