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Chicago Asylum Office Issues New Report On Processing Times

On January 24th, 2019, the USCIS Chicago Asylum Office shared statistics about their processing times of asylum applicants from October 1, 2018 through December 31st, 2018 in a joint meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). During this time, 1,197 asylum cases were adjudicated and 116 were un-adjudicated, while over 22,000 applications remain pending.…
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How to Avoid Punishment Under USCIS’s Unlawful Presence Policy

Beginning August 9, 2018, international students and some other nonimmigrants (J, M) will start the countdown towards the 3-year and 10-year bar towards re-admission to the U.S. Prior to August 9, 2018, certain nonimmigrants who were admitted to the United States for a period of “Duration of Status” (D/S) did not have to worry about…
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Over 2.3 Million Applications In Limbo As USCIS Reaches “Crisis-Level” Delays

Despite the Trump administration’s failure to secure funding for a United States border wall, an “invisible wall” of new USCIS policies has resulted in unprecedented delays for those seeking legal immigration to the country. On January 30th, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported that the USCIS “net backlog” had bloated to over 2.3 million delayed…
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USCIS Announces Online Case Status Feature for Asylum Applicants

Announcement from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website: WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced [January 28, 2019,] that applicants who have a pending affirmative asylum application with USCIS can now check the status of their applications online at Only asylum applicants with an application pending with USCIS will be able…
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Chinese H and L Visa Applicants Must go to U.S. Embassy and Consulates

H and L visa applicants in China must now go to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai:” The United States Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Mission China would like to take this opportunity to advise the American Immigration Lawyers Association that changes have been made to…
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