Immigration News, Reforms, and Successes

This is a blog written by the attorneys at Noble & Vrapi, P.A. regarding immigration news, needed reforms, and success stories.

Olsi Vrapi for TX Chapter Secretary

Olsi Vrapi

Dear Chapter Members:

 

I was recently honored and humbled to receive the nomination for Chapter Secretary.  This is my second time being nominated for this position.  In a way, most of my life could be described as a life of second chances. 

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I-601 Lockbox Filing

At a recent stakeholders' teleconference, USCIS announced a change in the I-601 waiver world which is lockbox filing. This announcement took place on March 9, 2012. This change is certain to occur and is expected to roll out in late Spring, early Summer 2012. Under this new system all foreign filed waivers will be centralized at the Nebraska Service Center to be adjudicated by a core of 26 adjudicators. Initially there will be 13 adjudicators, a number which will eventually reach approximately 26 when the program is fully phased in. Read more about I-601 Lockbox Filing

It doesn't make common sense, it makes government sense! A rant on bureaucracy and the naturalization test.

Imagine yourself at a cocktail party and a friend approaches you and asks, "Who did the U.S. fight in World War II?"

Your first instinct is probably, Germany, or Italy, or for that matter, a number of other countries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_powers). Read more about It doesn't make common sense, it makes government sense! A rant on bureaucracy and the naturalization test.

I-130/I-601 concurrent filing?

Since the USCIS Ombudsman's recommendation on June 10, 2010 on the concurrent filing of I-130s and I-601s for those who have to process their immigrant visas abroad, there has been a lot of joy, hope, speculation, anxiety and exasperation (in that order) from those of us who handle a substantial amount of those cases. The response from USCIS in late 2010 to that recommendation was "USCIS is considering this recommendation." Read more about I-130/I-601 concurrent filing?

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