2010 Poverty Guidelines Published

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has recently published a delayed update of the poverty guidelines for the remainder of 2010.  The poverty guidelines are usually published every year in late January or early February….

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USCIS Conducts Policy Review, 10 Areas Already Identified

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced yesterday that it will conduct an agency-wide policy review to examine and potentially change its policies concerning the adjudication of applications for benefits and customer service. The USCIS has selected the following ten (10) areas to…

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House Passes Change to Immigration Law Concerning Adoptions

The House of Representatives earlier this week passed the International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5532).  The bill would amend the immigration law regarding the eligibility of foreign born adopted children to obtain permanent residence (green cards). The bill if signed…

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USCIS Seeks Public Comments on Filing Fee Increase

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeks public comments on its proposal to increase filing fees for the adjudication of applications, and to recover costs in administering the immigration laws. The proposal was posted yesterday in the Federal Register.  The proposed increase would…

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Federal Court Orders the DHS to Reopen Cases Involving Widows of US Citizens

The Orlando Sentinel reported today that a federal judge in Los Angeles tentatively ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reopen the cases of 22 individuals who were denied legal permanent residence because their U.S. citizen spouses died during the…

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