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USCIS Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public.

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Get the facts about REAL ID

Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID or other acceptable ID such as a valid passport to fly within the U.S.REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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U.S. House Again Approves Irish E-3 Visas

Want some good news for a change? A bill which could give Irish citizens access to thousands of US visas every year has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Education of An Idealist

I had the good fortune of spending a little time recently with the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. She was the guest of the Irish American Partnership at its annual women’s Christmas breakfast.

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USCIS Updates Process for Accepting Petitions for Relatives Abroad

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, as part of the adjustment of its international footprint to increase efficiencies, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, will only be processed domestically by USCIS or internationally by the Department of State in certain circumstances beginning Feb 1, 2020.

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Lawyer calls for Support for E-3 Visas for the Irish

Boston immigration Attorney John Foley has endorsed passage of an immigration bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. Foley said “HR 7100 would allow Irish citizens to apply for and receive E-3 employment visas. The bill has been filed in the House of Representatives and a vote is expected during the current lame duck session of Congress.”

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DACA News!

Good news for our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) immigrants! Today it was announced that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling blocking the Trump Administration from ending President Obama’s 6-year old program that protects young undocumented immigrants, who came to the United States as children, from being deported.

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Diversity Visa 2020 Program

Are you feeling lucky? The U.S. Government is now putting forward an immigration program which allows a class of 50,000 immigrants known as ‘diversity immigrants’ to be issued Legal Residency/Green Cards.

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USCIS Changes Extension Process

There is news from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) concerning the processing time for an I-751 to remove the conditions on conditional Legal Permanent Residents. As of today, petitioners who file an I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence will receive a receipt notice that can be presented with their Permanent Resident/Green Card, as evidence of continued status for 18 months past the expiration date on their Permanent Resident/Green Card.

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Production Problems at USCIS

Beginning today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) will begin recalling approximately eight thousand five hundred Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) due to production error. The Green Cards were for approved Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions of Residence for spouses of U.S. citizens.

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