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2016 Extension of TPS Status for Nicaragua
  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: May 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security have extended TPS status designation for eligible citizens of Nicaragua and stateless persons who last habitually resided in that country. The Immigration law of the United States provides that a country may be designated temporary protected status (TPS) if there is armed conflict which would result in serious threat to the personal safety of citizens of that country if returned, or if there is a natural disaster in such a country and hence the country cannot cope with the return of its citizens or if the Attorney General of the US finds extraordinary and… Read More

New York City H1B Visa Program for Entrepreneurs
  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: March 29, 2016

On February 18, 2016, The New York City Economic Development Corporation in partnership with City University of New York launched a Program called the International Innovators Initiative ( IN2NYC) designed to help international entrepreneurs obtain H1B visas in the United States to enable them remain in the country legally to grow their businesses. The City University of New York-CUNY is an integrated system of colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes etc which provides the city with graduates trained for positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing etc. New York City Economic Development Corporation-NYCEDC is the City's primary… Read More

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: January 1, 2016
  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: September 22, 2015

Naturalization applicants seeking to become US citizens but not eligible for a fee waiver are now able to use their credit cards to pay the Immigration filing and biometric fee for their Form N-400, Application for Naturalization which is a total of $680. This is a combination of the Immigration filing fee of $595 and the biometric service fee of $85. To pay using a credit card, Naturalization applicants are required to complete Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction, which is to be placed on top of the N-400 application for naturalization and mailed to US Citizenship & Immigration Services-USCIS. There is no additional fee…Read More

National Visa Center No Longer Collecting Original Civil Documents
  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: November 19, 2014

The National Visa Center (NVC) has ceased collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (IV) applications as of November 12, 2014. Applicants will be required to submit photocopies of supporting documents (such as birth, marriage, and police certificates) and will be instructed to take their original documents to their interviews for review at the designated US Embassy. This however, does not include the Affidavit of Support forms, which petitioners will still submit to NVC for initial evaluation. New Instructions to Applicants After applicants and petitioners collect the Affidavit of Support form(s), financial evidence, and supporting civil documents, they… Read More

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: July 26, 2013

USCIS, today published additional frequently asked questions on immigration application based on same sex marriages. This is a follow up on its recent announcement of accepting and adjudicating same sex Immigration applications in the same manner as opposite sex couples in compliance with the recent supreme court decision declaring section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional. Below are the New Frequently Asked Questions published today. Q1: I am a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national. Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based immigrant visa?. A1: Yes, you can file the petition. You may file a Form I-130 (and…Read More

USCIS Accepts Immigration Application Based On Same Sex Marriage
  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: July 8, 2013

US Citizen and Lawful Permanent Resident same sex couples married to foreign nationals are now eligible to file Immigration applications on behalf of their same sex spouse after the recent Supreme Court decision holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act states: “The word‘ marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced on July… Read More

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: May 30, 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on May 6th 2013, implemented a new program called Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices. Individuals will be required to submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS local offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit such as temporary travel documents, parole authorizations, and temporary green card stamps on passports or on Forms I-94 to show evidence of lawful permanent resident status. USCIS staff will take two fingerprints and a photograph of the individual in order to re-verify their identity. After identity verification is satisfactorily completed, individuals will…Read More

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: April 18, 2013

Today, the Senate introduced the long-awaited immigration bill: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Outline & Highlights of the bill can be found here and here.Read More

President Obama’s Proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: February 20, 2013

According to the fact Sheet released by the white house on January 29th, 2013 titled “Fixing our Broken Immigration System so everyone plays by the Rules “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13012946, President Obama acknowledged that America’s immigration system is broken, and it is time to fix it in a way that requires responsibility and accountability from everyone. Below is a summary of the key principles' President Obama proposed and believes should be included & covered in a common sense immigration reform bill/legislation: Continuing to Strengthen Border Security According to the President proposal, the immigration bill/legislation will; Strengthen border security and… Read More

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