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Feb. 13 Update: Regular U.S. Visas Services in China Suspended Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

As of Feb. 11, the U.S. Mission in China states on its website and Ustraveldocs.com that: Regular visa services at the U.S Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang are suspended. Due to the ongoing situation relating to the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates have very […]

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Feb. 4 Update: Trump Bans Entry of Noncitizens Present in China During Prior 2 Weeks

President Trump has issued a Jan. 31 proclamation barring entry to the U.S. of noncitizens present in China during the two weeks prior to attempting to enter the U.S. CBP has issued a Feb. 4 Notification of Arrival Restrictions Applicable to Flights Carrying Persons Who Have Recently Traveled from or Were Otherwise Present Within the […]

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Family Immigration

I-130s No Longer Accepted by USCIS International Offices

USCIS will no longer accept and adjudicate Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, at its international field offices.[1] The announcement was made Jan. 31 and effective the following day. This follows a period beginning Mar. 2019 when USCIS began to close most of its international offices. Still, the Trump administration should be graded “F” for failure […]

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Jan. 27 Update: Chaos in Implementing the USCIS/DOS Public Charge Rules and Presidential Proclamation Requiring Health Insurance

President Trump and an adviser, Stephen Miller, have cooked up new public charge rules, subsequently issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS), as well as a Presidential Proclamation requiring immigrant visa applicants to buy health insurance. Implementation has been chaotic, and these rules have been challenged in […]

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Naturalization and Citizenship Waivers / Visa Denials

“Birth Tourism” Restricted by New State Department Rule

The State Department has published a Jan. 24 rule taking aim at birth tourism. The rule prohibits issuance of a B-2 (visitor for pleasure) visa if the applicant’s primary purpose for traveling to the U.S. is to gain citizenship for a child by giving birth in the U.S. The new rule will not prohibit pregnant […]

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U.S. Airports to Screen Wuhan Flights for Coronavirus

The CDC has announced: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China. This activity is in response to an outbreak in China […]

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Naturalization and Citizenship

FAQ: Expeditious Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad

This FAQ gives quick answers to common questions about expeditious naturalization under section 319(b) for spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad. For more detailed information, see Expeditious Naturalization under Section 319(b) for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad.

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Employment-Based Immigration

FAQ: Outstanding Professors and Researchers

To qualify in the outstanding professor or researcher category, you must demonstrate international recognition for your outstanding achievements in a particular academic field. You must have at least 3 years experience in teaching or research in that academic area.

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Maintaining LPR Status During Stays Abroad

Guide to Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Contents1. Introduction1.1 Reasons for Abandonment1.2 Will You Be Eligible for a Nonimmigrant Visa?1.3 Will You Be Eligible to Re-Immigrate In the Future?2. Exit Tax Issues3. Procedures for Voluntary Abandonment3.1 Where to Apply3.2 Completing the Form3.3 Documents Needed3.4 Disposition3.5 Keep a Copy of the I-4074. Conclusion 1. Introduction Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident […]

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Grounds of Inadmissibility under U.S. Immigration Law

To be issued a visa and admitted to the U.S. at a port of entry, a foreign national must generally not fall within a list of classes of persons who are to be prohibited entry to the U.S. This list is known as the “grounds of inadmissibility.”

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U.S. Consulate in Shenyang Consular Section Relocating to Maoye Mall

The U.S. Consulate in Shenyang’s Consular Section is moving to the 5th Floor of Maoye Mall at 185 Qingian Avenue (茂业天地购物中心青年大街185号). That’s near subway line 2 Shitushuguan Stop (市图书馆站). Take Exit B. If you are entering the mall before 10 AM, use the dedicated consular section entrance located to the right of Starbuck’s Coffee. Routine […]

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K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Guide

This article covers the requirements and procedures to apply for a K-1 visa, as well as the terms and conditions of K-1 status. Also covered are the rules for the fiancé(e)’s unmarried children under age 21 to apply for K-2 visas.

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Naturalization and Citizenship

See if You Are Eligible for Expeditious Naturalization

Most applicants for naturalization must first reside in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for a continuous period of 5 years. However, that requirement can be waived if you are eligible for expeditious naturalization based on your U.S. citizen spouse’s employment abroad for one of the following types of employers: an American firm or corporation […]

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Family Immigration

Guide to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

A spouse who immigrates based on marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident will be granted conditional resident (CR) status if, at the time of admission as an immigrant, the marriage is less than two years old.

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Immigration Quotes and Quips

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China Police Certificates

China Police Certificates for Foreigners

ContentsBackground InformationNote on Unobtainable Police CertificatesHiring Our Law FirmWe Can Assist NationwideFurther Reading Our law firm routinely assists clients in obtaining China police certificates for purposes such as immigration (to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries) or employment background checks. Our clients include foreign nationals, including former Chinese citizens, and residents […]

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U.S. Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Digital Devices Unconstitutional

Reuters reports that yesterday, a federal judge ruled that U.S. border agents need “reasonable suspicion” but not a warrant to search travelers’ smartphones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. The ruling sets a higher standard than the one CBP agents must apply to conduct routine searches of electronic devices under current […]

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Maintaining LPR Status During Stays Abroad

New USCIS “Travel Document” to Replace Reentry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents

USCIS has announced that a new “travel document” will replace reentry permits and refugee travel documents. The USCIS’ purpose is to have a document more secure against tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud. The new document went into production on Oct. 24, 2019.

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Shanghai Online Temporary Residence Registration for Foreigners

Shanghai Daily reports that foreigners and persons from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan arriving in Shanghai can now complete the temporary residence registration (临时住宿登记) process online instead of going to the police in person.

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Highlights of the Dep’t of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule related to public charge in the Federal Register. The rule was set to take effect on October 15, 2019, but is currently tied up in litigation. The rule will not apply to immigration applications filed before it takes effect.