Each year the Department of State provides 50,000 immigrant visas ("green cards") for people from selected countries in its Diversity Visa Lottery program (DV-2015).
Dallas Immigration & Naturalization Law Blog
Update on DACA statistics through August 31, 2013 - the USCIS approved over 455,455 requests for Deferred Action, from 588,725 applications received. Of these, 350,056 citizens of Mexico, and 3,203 from Philippines closes out the bottom of the Top 10 countries receiving approvals. California is leading among the states with 161,624 and Texas with 93,277 applications submitted is at No. 2.
Beginning on September 9, 2013, all Applicants and Petitioners appearing at USCIS Filed Offices will undergo a biometric screening for fingerprints and photographs for security and verification purposes. The Customer Identification Verification (CIV) system was announce in May 2013, and goes into effect today. For example, when appearing at a "green card" or naturalization interview, both the Petitioner and Beneficiary will have to submit to the CIV check while your child or attorney would not.
According to the US Department of State, the August 2013 Visa Bulletin makes the family-based second preference category (F2A) current for all nationalities across the board. This means that all spouses and children under the age of 21 of U.S. lawful permanent residents who are beneficiaries of approved I-130 petitions may file for adjustment of status ("Green card") or for an immigrant visa in August 2013.
The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the Supreme Court ruling will allow U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents petition for their same-sex spouses who would be able to obtain their "green cards". It is estimated that 36,000 foreign nationals will benefit from this groundbreaking ruling.
Update on DACA statistics through February 14, 2013 - the USCIS approved over 199,460 requests for Deferred Action, from 423,634 applications received. Of these, citizens of Mexico have submitted over 313,722, and 3,128 from Philippines closes out the bottom of the Top 10 countries. California is leading among the states with 119,466 and Texas with 68,005 applications submitted is at no. 2. *** Don't forget that an application for employment authorization (EAD) must be submitted with the Form I-821D and I-765WS.
On January 3, 2013, the USCIS published the final rule for provisional waivers with the effective date of March 4, 2013. Meaning, the USCIS will not accept waiver regulations until then. However, if you have not filed the I-130 petition, a step necessary to file the provisional waiver, you can do this now. What is this new rule?
On today's radios show, we hosted Marco Malagon, the President of the North Texas Dream Team, who spoke about his point of view on Immigration Reform and Deferred Action. Tune-in each Monday at 10:30AM to Univision America 1270 AM, and listen to the Chavez & Valko Immigration program.
As a result of the 2012 Presidential Elections, we anticipate that the Obama administration will continue accepting applications for Deferred Action for eligible young persons. We also hope that the Administration will be able to work in a bi-partisan way with the Congress to achieve a Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the foreseeable future.
Deferred Action processing update: our immigration law firm can confirm that in some cases, the USCIS is approving the I-821D (deferred action) and I-765 (employment authorization) applications at the same time. Today we received several approvals which have been pending for 47 days.