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2.BOILA Grant Feature Story
3.BOILA Court Grants
4.BOILA Grant Highlights
5.Presidential Memo on Asylum
6.Kenneth Cuccinelli to Replace Cissna
7.AG Barr on Bond Eligibility
8.Consulates to Discontinue Visa Issuance
9.E-2 Treaty Investor Option
10.U.S. Military Service No Longer a Guarantee for Citizenship
11. Watchdogs
12.USCIS Expands Fee Payment System
13. Releasing Detainees to Sanctuary Cities
10. USCIS Updates
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Issue: #5
                May 2019
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BOILA Grant Feature


Ms. Mbonifor, a native and citizen of Cameroon, has had the conditions on her green card removed after BOILA successfully demonstrated to USCIS that Ms. M met the requirements for a waiver on the joint filing requirement based on the abuse and extreme cruelty she was subjected to by her U.S. citizen husband. Ms. M married her husband in November 2012 because she loved him and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. Not shortly after their marriage, Ms. M's husband began to physically, mentally and verbally abuse her. Ms. M was determined to try to make her marriage work, but after years of abuse, Ms. M found the strength to leave her husband.

As a result of the abuse she sustained, Ms. M developed severe anxiety and depression. The slightest noises cause her jump because she feared it was her husband creeping up behind her to attack. It took her several months of counseling and medication to get her life back to normalcy.

Ms. M came to BOILA to assist her in removing the conditions of her green card. She was no longer with her husband and was not sure how to proceed with her immigration matters. BOILA worked diligently with Ms. M to gather supporting documents to evidence not only her good faith bona fide marriage, but the abuse she sustained at the hands of her husband and its lasting effects on her day-to-day life. Ms. M was issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) after BOILA initially requested a waiver on the joint filing requirement for her Form I-751 petition. In response to the RFE, BOILA added a detailed affidavit on behalf of Ms. M detailing all of the abuse she sustained and her eligibility for the waiver. Two weeks later, we received her approval notice.

Ms. M was overjoyed by the news. She never thought in a million years that she would get her ten-year green card. She feared that because she was no longer with her husband, she'd never be able to remove the conditions on her green card. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ms. M. She is now living as a permanent resident in the U.S. and is eligible for citizenship. BOILA will soon start to work on the next phase of her immigration process.

BOILA  Court Grant Features


(Court Adjustment and 212(i) Waiver)
Ms. T, a native and citizen of Cameroon, entered the U.S. in 2002 fleeing persecution from her native country due to her political activities and membership with an organization the C9, founded in memorium  of nine children who were killed by Cameroonian authorities after being accused of stealing a can of gas.  Through her membership with the C9 organization, Ms. T actively worked to denounce corruption and human rights abuses committed by the President Paul Biya. 

Ms. T filed for asylum in 2002 and was referred to Immigration Court.  The Immigration judge ultimately denied Ms. T's claim for asylum. She appealed the decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals but the appeal was dismissed and Ms. T was ordered removed back to Cameroon.  She had to appear and be remanded to the Immigration Judge three times before being granted. 

Fortunately, her case was reopened based on an I-130 she had pending filed on her behalf by her U.S. citizen husband. Their petition was approved in 2008 and Ms. T was ready to pursue adjustment of status.  She ran into problems when the Immigration Judge informed her that she was ineligible to adjust status because she needed a waiver for misrepresentation. 

To make matters worse, Ms. T was being subjected to unspeakable abuse by her U.S. citizen husband. It wasn't until the came to BOILA that she felt comfortable enough to disclose the abuse.  We immediately filed a VAWA petition for Ms. T based on  the abuse she was suffering. Her petition was approved. 

BOILA then filed a Motion to Reopen Ms. T's case with the Board that would allow her to adjust her status based on the approved VAWA petition.  Ms. T is the mother to three children. She is their primary caretaker and sole provider. It was imperative that we kept Ms. T and her children in the U.S.

BOILA worked diligently with Ms. T to prepare her case and document all of her hardship and eligibility to the Immigration Judge.  After many hours of testimony and review, the Immigration Judge granted Ms. T's adjustment of status and 212(i) waiver. She is now waiting to receive her ten-year green card!

 (Guardianship & SIJS)
Miss RF is a 9 year old girl who was born on September 27, 2009 in Usulután, El Salvador and now resides with her paternal aunt,  in Silver Spring, Maryland. When Jessica was born her father abandoned her. Not soon after, Miss RF's mother started to suffer from depression and had a very hard time financially supporting Miss RF.   Ultimately, She decided to abandon Miss RF with her paternal grandparents.

Unfortunately Miss RF's grandfather was killed in 2016 by the MS13 and 18 Street gang members. Since then Miss RF stayed under the care of her grandmother who was very sick and elderly and could not protect or provide for her.  Miss RF's grandmother felt that the only way she would be safe from gang violence was to send her to the United States to live with her paternal aunt Eva.

Once she reached the United States and was released from immigration authorities to live with her aunt, they decided to hire BOILA to help her file for Guardianship SIJS findings from the family judge that would make Miss RF eligible to apply for SIJS status in the US. 

SIJS was created to protect the most vulnerable population of immigrant children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned. With a well-documented case and Miss RF's past persecution and abandonment from both parents, the family judge determined that it was in Miss RF's  best interest to remain in the US under the care of her aunt. With this determination and Guardianship order from the family court we were able to apply for Miss RF's Special Immigrant Juvenile Status with USCIS making her eligible for Adjustment of Status.

(Political Asylum)
Mrs. MF is a native and citizen of Cameroon. She was a successful and well-known business woman in Cameroon; she used her economic power to support the cause for a change in her country and also to help women groups advocated empowering women in Cameroon. Unfortunately her political opinion and opposition to the current government in Cameroon left her in a very vulnerable position where the only option to save her live was to flee her native country.

Mrs., MF came into our office looking for alleviation from the suffering she has suffered at the hand of the Cameroonian Government. Our office was able to determinate Mf's eligibility for asylum based on 

1) her imputed political opinion as a well-known and successful business woman who refused to join and/or support the ruling CPDM party, 

2) her membership in a particular social group comprised of her family who are known opponents to President Biya and his CPDM party and, 

3) based on severe economic deprivation as not only did the Cameroonian security forces and government physically harm Mrs. MF and her family members, but they sealed and permanently closed her profitable business illegally.

With a well-documented case, witnesses and supporting documents collected and prepared by our office the judge  found Mrs. MF Eligible for Asylum, Convention Against Torture and Withholding of Removal . 

Now Mrs. MF can remain in the United States legally and actually in one year she would be eligible to apply for Adjustment of Status and a Green Card.

BOILA Grant Highlights

Mr. E , a native and citizen of Cameroon was granted conditional permanent resident status as a result of his marriage to his U.S. citizen wife. Because Mr. E and wife were married less than two years at the time he filed for his green card, USCIS only granted him a conditional green card, valid for two years. 90 days prior to the expiration date of his green card, Mr. E will be able to file a petition to remove the conditions on his green card so that he may obtain a ten-year permanent card. BOILA looks forward to assisting Mr. E in continuing to demonstrate to the Service that he continues to have a bona fide marriage to his USC wife so that he may obtain his ten-year green card.

Mr. D , a native and citizen of Nigeria, and his wife, have been clients of BOILA for over five years. We initially assisted Mr. D's wife in petitioning to bring him to the U.S. from Nigeria. After two years, Mr. D. was consular processed and able to join his wife in the U.S. It was then time to file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on his green card. Since it had been several years since the initial I-130 had been filed, BOILA had to demonstrate to the Service that Mr. D and his wife continued to have a bona fide marriage. Although Mr. D traveled back to Nigeria quite often, BOILA was able to supplement documents during their interview to show that the marriage was bona fide. Mr. D now has his ten-year green and is eligible for citizenship.

Ms. M , a native and citizen of Cameroon, married her U.S. citizen husband in 2014. In 2017 BOILA assisted Ms. B and her husband in filing Forms I-130 and I-485 concurrently. It took nearly two years before Ms. B and her husband were called for their interviews before the Service. After their interview, the case was held for review by the Service. When a decision is not immediately made during the interview, we typically expect a Request for Evidence to be issued, but to our delight, Ms. M's I-130 and I-485 applications were approved three months later. She now has her ten-year green card. She will be eligible for citizenship in 2022.

Mr. A , a native and citizen of Cameroon, has been a client of BOILA's for over ten years. We initially assisted him in his asylum claim due to his political opinion. After facing barbaric treatment in Cameroon, Mr. A fled his native country and entered the U.S. under an alias and false passport. After his asylum was approved, Mr. A was ready for file for his green card, but due to the circumstances of how he entered the country, he needed a waiver of inadmissibility. BOILA worked diligently with Mr. A to establish his eligibility for the waiver to be approved in light of compelling humanitarian considerations. Once his waiver was approved, Mr. A was able to adjust. The final step in his immigration matters was his application for citizenship, which BOILA filed for him in July 2018. There were some issues that came up during his naturalization filing, but BOILA was able to successfully argue with the USCIS officer and ultimately get Mr. A's naturalization application approved. As of April 2019, Mr. A is a citizen of the United States of America.

Ms. N , a native and citizen of Camero on , has been granted citizenship after BOILA successfully represented her during her naturalization interview. Although she had some criminal charges that were cause for concern, BOILA successfully represented her during her interview and was able to overcome the criminal charges against her. Ms. N is now a U.S. citizen.

Mr. Z , a native and citizen of Pakistan, came to BOILA after having had a previous naturalization application and N-336 denied. Mr. Z suffered from a unique eligibility issue. When he was a teenager in college he had been misled by campaigners who convinced him to register to vote and vote in the Obama election, even though he was not a U.S. citizen. Because of this earnest mistake, USCIS barred Mr. Z ineligible for citizenship. BOILA had to work diligently to prove that Mr. Z registering to vote was an earnest mistake made by a young adult, not fully aware of the laws and regulations around voting - especially when campaign and government officials were encouraging him to vote. After submitting a detailed affidavit and documentation to show he was no longer registered to vote, the Service approved Mr. Z's naturalization application. As of May 2019, he is officially a U.S. citizen.

Ms. O , a native and citizen of Cameroon, was granted lawful permanent resident status in September 2008 based on the I-130, Alien Relative Petition filed on her behalf by her U.S. citizen father. Her father became a U.S. citizen while Ms. O was living in the U.S. and a lawful permanent resident under her father's physical and legal custody.   Because of this, Ms. O acquired citizenship at the time her father naturalized. BOILA filed Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship and it was approved by the Service 8 months later. Ms. O has officially joined her father as a U.S. citizen.

Ms. L, a native and citizen of Canada, came to BOILA wanting to know how she could obtain permanent residence in the U.S. She was recently married to her U.S. citizen husband. She could not bear the idea of not being with him in the U.S. Traveling back and forth from Canada had proved to be difficult for Ms. L. BOILA assisted her and her husband in filing Form I-130 and I-485. After nearly a year of waiting, they were scheduled for their interview. Although the interview went well, Ms. L and her husband were scheduled for a follow up interview. BOILA made sure to adequately prepare them for their second interview and one of our attorney's was right by their side during the questioning. Two days later, Ms. L received her I-485 approval notice and a week later, her green card. In 18 months, Ms. L will petition to remove the conditions on her green card.

Presidential Memo on Asylum

On April 29, 2019, President Trump issued a Memorandum on Additional steps needed to be taken to render the Asylum System more efficient and enhance its integrity. He stressed on the unprecedented Immigration Crisis our nation is facing which has turned into a humanitarian crisis mainly due to the mass arrival of asylum seekers in Caravans coming from Central America. He deplored how this crisis has undermined our country's security and safety, while costing it a lot of money. The President was however quick to point out our nation's desire to ensure legitimate asylum seekers can have access to all the benefits that they qualify for, but illegal migrants on the other hand, will be removed.
Thus, he went as far as to propose that asylum seekers be charged fees just for asking for protection and that all those who entered the country without being checked at a point of entry should not be granted a work permit. With respect to those whose asylum petition has been denied, the White House recommends the immediate revocation of their work permit and the restriction of any other form of relief they could consider getting from a judge. Ultimately, they should be issued a final order of removal.
The White House urged Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security and Attorney General William Bar to impose these new restrictions and attacks on asylum seekers at the southern border within 90 days.
Kenneth Cuccinelli to Potentially Replace Cissna as Director of USCIS

on May 24, 2019 Lee  Francis Cissna resigned from his position as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - per President Trump's request. Rumor has it that Kenneth Cuccinelli is being considered for Cissna's replacement. 
USCIS, the agency responsible for visa issuance, citizenship and work authorization, among other things, has changed drastically under the Trump administration.  Its mission statement formally included "nation of immigrants", but President Trump removed that section from the statement. Which is a direct reflection of the climate and overall agenda of the Trump administration. 
It is no surprise that a potential replacement for Director Cissna is attorney Kenneth Cuccinelli, who's hard stance on immigration directly correlate those of President Trump. Cuccinelli has previously supported anti-immigration bills and has sponsored bills that would force employees to speak English at work.  
It is very likely that President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric will continue to be pushed with Cuccinelli as director of USCIS. 
AG Barr Takes Bond Eligibility Away From Asylum Seekers

In Matter of M-S-, 27 I&N 509 (AG 2019), decided on April 16, 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr overturned a 2005 decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals ( Matter of X-K- , 23 I&N Dec. 731). 
The Attorney General's new decision strips immigration judges of the authority to grant bond to asylum seekers who entered the United States without being inspected at a port of entry but passed the  asylum screening interview. These asylum seekers will now be subject to detention without bond for the duration of their asylum proceedings. 
The AG delayed the implementation of the decision for 90 to allows the Department of Homeland Security to conduct the necessary planning.  Although the AG's decision does not technically impact DHS'S ability to release asylum seekers on bond, DHS regularly refuses to do so which further increases the already exorbitant number of immigrants in detention. 
 Those who wont be affected by the new AG decision are as follows:
1. Asylum seekers who entered through ports of entry are already precluded from seeking bond an immigration judge
2. Unaccompanied children who are seeking asylum have to be taken from DHS to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within DHS's Health and Human Services
3. Families detained by DHS remain subject to the requirements of the Flores settlement, which provides critical and fundamental restrictions on the detention of children
DHS still has full discretion to release any asylum seeker that has passed the credible fear interview.  This is not the first Attorney General to assert his authority over immigration. Former AG Sessions did the same thing and stripped immigration judges of their basic operational authority, interfered with judicial independence and essentially re-wrote asylum and detention laws. Some of his changes to the law were the following:
  • Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 187, limiting the authority of an immigration judge to administratively close proceedings;
  • Matter of E-F-H-L-, 27 I&N Dec. 245, undermining the right of an asylum applicant to have a full evidentiary hearing;
  • Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 227, aggressively narrowing what qualifies as a "particular social group" for purposes of an asylum application, making it far more difficult--in many cases impossible--for survivors of domestic violence and gang persecution to apply for and qualify for asylum;
  • Matter of L-A-B-R-, 27 I&N Dec. 245, stripping immigration judges' authority to grant a continuance for "collateral" matters to be adjudicated; and
  • Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B, 27 I&N Dec. 462, preventing immigration judges and BIA members from terminating or dismissing cases.
AG Barr seems to be following in his predecessor's footsteps. which only mean further negative impacts to come for immigration law and policy. 

Consulates to Discontinue Visa Issuance Under DOS  Rule

On April 22, 2019, the Department of State published a final rule setting out procedures that allow consular officers to discontinue granting visas to nationals of a country subject to sanctions under § 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Section 243(d) provides that-when notified by the Secretary of Homeland Security that a foreign country government has denied or unreasonably delayed accepting an alien who is the citizen, subject, national, or resident of that country and is subject to a final order of removal from the United States- the Secretary of State shall order consular officers in that foreign country to "discontinue granting" immigrant visas, nonimmigrant visas, or both to citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents in that country. The Secretary of State imposes these visa sanctions by issuing an order to consular officers that describes the category or categories of visas and applicants subject to discontinuation of visa grants.

Through issuance of this rule, the Department of State states that it closes the gap and implements procedures by which consular officers can discontinue the granting of visas under an order by the Secretary of State. However, the rule provides a method by which the US government can issue blanket sanctions on foreign nationals seeking visas if the country in question has not cooperated with the US government's immigration enforcement priorities. The rule forces the compliance of other countries to its immigration policy.

Presently, the sanctions are on the following countries:

  • Cambodia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ghana
  • Eritrea
  • Burma
  • Laos
Although there are an additional nearly 20 countries that have been deemed "non-compliant" and at risk for the sanction as well.  

E-2 Treaty Investor Option for Israeli Citizens Beginning May 1, 2019

Effective May 1, 2019, citizens of Israel will be able to access the E-2 (treaty investor) visa category.

Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States will soon be able to request a change of status to the E-2 treaty investor classification. Beginning May 1, eligible Israeli nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file  Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change of status to E-2 classification, or a qualifying employer can file the petition on their behalf. 

Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age of treaty investors and employees who are already in the United States may also seek to change status to E-2 classification as dependents by filing  Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

The E-2 visa is only available to a foreign national who is a citizen of a country that has a qualifying bilateral treaty with the United States. Further, there needs to be a "substantial" investment in the U.S. enterprise, and the entity must be at least 50 percent owned by the applicant or by nationals of the same treaty country as the applicant. The E-2 visa allows the investor to enter the United States in order to develop and direct the company's operations. The E-2 visa category can also be used by executives, supervisors, and essential personnel of the U.S. entity
U.S. Military Service No Longer a Guarantee for Citizenship

Previously, immigrants who served in the U.S. military were afforded a fast-tracked path to citizenship.  Under this new administration, the number of immigrants who have filed for citizenship under the military service provision has dropped 65 percent, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

In 2017, President Trump changed the policy around military based naturalization applications so that there was no longer the option to expedite the applications. The policy changes added more background checks and significantly extended the time someone must serve before they can receive the needed paperwork to pursue citizenship.

Beyond the decreased numbers, this change will likely lower morale among immigrant troops. It's difficult to imagine what an immigrant could do to prove their love of country beyond serving in the U.S. military.

Crippled morale is, simply, never a good thing for any military. These policies that hurt immigrant soldiers will in time hurt the American public by making our military less engaged and ready for duty.

Watchdogs to Examine Unprecedented Immigration Backlog

On Friday May 10, 2019 over 80 democratic lawmakers wrote to the Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, calling for an investigation into the Trump's administration's staggering backlog at USCUS which has now reached 2.3 million cases. The last time such an extreme slowdown occurred was after the 911 terrorist attacks under the Bush administration. The democrats voiced their dissatisfaction with the situation, suspecting this administration to purposely delay the process which grants eligible immigrants access to their rightful immigration benefits.  For instance, now permanent residents seeking to become citizens may have to wait for up to a little less than 3 years. 
Jessica Collins spoke up to defend the USCIS, explaining that they are facing "extraordinary demand" hence the long waits. Wanting to be reassuring, she emphasized on the actions undertaken by the agency to ensure the efficient and timely adjudication of all the pending applications, petitions, and requests.

USCIS Expands Its Fee Payment System Across 16 Offices

USCIS has implemented its fee payment system to 16 additional offices. These offices will no longer accept cashier's checks or money orders for fees associated with applications and petitions.  The offices are as follows:

Albuquerque, New Mexico; 
Buffalo, New York; 
Cincinnati, Ohio; 
Cleveland, Ohio; 
Columbus, Ohio; 
El Paso, Texas; 
Harlingen, Texas; 
Hartford, Connecticut;
 Indianapolis, Indiana;
 Jacksonville, Florida; 
Louisville, Kentucky; 
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey;
Newark, New Jersey; 
Raleigh, North Carolina;
 Sacramento, California; and 
San Antonio, Texas.

The fee payment changes first started in November 2018 with the Los Angeles Field Offices. With the new fee system, applicants could still pay  by check, debit card, credit card, or re-loadable pre-paid credit or debit cards, which USCIS personnel processed through a new electronic system.

USCIS felt a new fee system  which would increase transaction security and reduce processing errors that could cause USCIS to reject applications and petitions. 

According to USCIS polls, the change in the fee system has reduced the processing time for applications and petitions by 88 percent.  Everyone submitting applications should be mindful of which field office is receiving it. Rejection notices will be sent out promptly if one of the above-named field offices receives a payment other than the approved listed forms of payment.
Releasing Detainees to Sanctuary Cities

White House officials have tirelessly worked to convince U.S. immigration officials to release the detained immigrants currently being held onto sanctuary city streets, in an effort to retaliate against President Trump's anti immigrant policies. 

The Trump administration has twice previously proposed moving the detainees to sanctuary cities; once in November and again in February.   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco was among those the White House wanted to target, according to DHS officials. T

White House officials first broached the plan in a Nov. 16 email, asking officials whether members of the caravan could be arrested at the border and then bused "to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities," places where local authorities have refused to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.

According to the White House, the plan was to alleviate the shortage in detention space but also served to send a message to Democrats. The attempt at political retribution raised alarm within ICE.  After the White House pressed again in February, ICE's legal department rejected the idea as inappropriate.

President Trump has made immigration the focus of his administration, as he continues to get more and more frustrated with the increase of migrants from Central America - those he often judges as killers and criminals who threaten U.S. security.

Homeland Security officials said the sanctuary city request was unnerving, and it underscores the political pressure Trump and Miller have put on ICE and other DHS agencies at a time when the president is furious about the biggest border surge in more than a decade.

The number of immigrant detainees in ICE custody has approached 50,000 in recent months, an all-time high that has further strained the agency's budget. Those include immigrants arrested in the U.S. interior, as well as recent border-crossers transferred from U.S. Border Patrol. 
The sanctuary city proposal ran contrary to ICE policy guidelines, as well as legal counsel. ICE officials balked at the notion of moving migrants to detention facilities in different areas, insisting that Congress only authorizes the agency to deport immigrants, not relocate them internally, according to DHS officials.The plan to retaliate against sanctuary cities came just after Trump agreed to reopen the government in late January, following a five-week shutdown over wall funding. 
According to both, there were at least two versions of the plan being considered. One was to move migrants who were already in ICE detention to the districts of Democratic opponents. The second option was to bus migrants apprehended at the border to sanctuary cities, such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

 USCIS Updates

USCIS Makes Adds Two More Applications for Online Filing

Applicants can file Form N-600 to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for themselves or their minor children if they:
  • Were born abroad and are claiming U.S. citizenship at birth through their parents; or
  • Automatically became a U.S. citizen after birth, but before they turned 18 years old.
Applicants can file Form N-600K if they regularly reside in a foreign country and want to claim U.S. citizenship based on their parents. Applicants must secure lawful admission to the U.S. to complete Form N-600K processing. Children of U.S. service members have separate requirements for naturalization under INA Section 322.
Forms N-600 and N-600K are part of the growing number of documents that USCIS has made available for easy and convenient online filing. This list includes: 
  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings;
  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization; and
  • Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.
To file a Form N-600 or N-600K online, an applicant must first create a  USCIS online account. Through an online account, the applicant can securely and conveniently:
  • Complete Form N-600 or N-600K;
  • Submit accompanying evidence;
  • Upload passport-style photos;
  • Pay the filing fee;
  • Respond to USCIS requests for evidence;
  • Monitor the status of their application; and
  • Manage their contact information, including updating their address.

USCIS still accepts the latest paper version of Forms N-600 and N-600K. Because military service members do not pay a filing fee when submitting Form N-600 on their own behalf, they cannot currently file this application online.

Please let us know if we can help you in any way for all your immigration needs.


Danielle Beach-Oswald
Beach-Oswald Immigration Lawyers