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June 2021


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

If you know me, you probably know about my journey to becoming the best version of myself. I am on this journey of abundance, creation, growth, service, learning, forgiveness and love that I hope makes me a better attorney and leader of this law firm. I want to be there to lift you up in your darkest moments, encourage you when things seem tough, and celebrate the victories with you!

One thing I have heard repeatedly from my teachers on this journey is to expect the unexpected. There is so much more out there for us! Let's focus on those dreams for ourselves that are bigger than we can even imagine.

Expect the unexpected and call on me to be part of your immigration journey as your Trusted Guide to the American Dream!

With love,

Elizabeth xo

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Garvish Immigration Law Group was recognized in the Best Lawyers’ annual “Women in the Law” Business Edition for 2021. This publication honors outstanding female legal professionals who are moving mountains, challenging the status quo, and reshaping the face of the legal industry.

We are pleased to be considered among the top legal professionals that are leading the way in our country!

Fun Fact: In the last five years, the legal industry is showing promising growth when it comes to gender diversity among top legal talent.

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2021 "Women in the Law" Business Edition

Honoring the Immigrant Heritage Month

This is the seventh annual celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. This month recognizes the individuals that have contributed to our communities when immigrating to the U.S.

Since the Biden Administration took office, USCIS has been working on "Restoring Faith in the Legal Immigration System" and in strengthening integration and inclusion of immigrants in the U.S. Because of this, it was a pleasure to read the USCIS Director's, Tracy Renaud, statement in which she said that, on average these are the numbers of people that are welcomed in our nation:

  • USCIS naturalizes 2,000 new citizens a day (resulting in 730,000 new citizens in the last decade)
  • USCIS grants permanent residence to over 2,500 people daily
  • There is an average of 1,029,800 new immigrants yearly

It is very rewarding to see that USCIS will continue to diversify this country making America strong.

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Statement from USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud in Honor of Immigrant Heritage Month

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USCIS Updated Policy Manuals related to RFEs, NOIDs, Expedite Requests and EAD's validity

USCIS has recently issued new policy updates in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying the criteria and circumstances for:

  • Expedited processing
  • Request for evidence (RFE)
  • Notice of intent to deny (NOID)
  • Validity period for initial and renewal employment authorization documents (EADs) for individuals with pending adjustment of status applications.

Expedited Processing

Expedited processing is a special-situation service USCIS considers for benefit requestors who urgently need their request for immigration benefits adjudicated. USCIS reviews such requests on a case-by-case basis. Expedited requests for noncitizens with a final order of removal or noncitizens in removal proceedings are coordinated between USCIS and ICE.

Nonprofit organizations whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States may be considered for expedited processing, even if premium processing is available for that benefit.

RFEs and NOIDs

USCIS is rescinding a July 2018 memo that permitted agency officers to deny certain immigration benefit requests instead of first issuing an RFE or NOID.

This updated policy will ensure that benefit requestors are given an opportunity to correct innocent mistakes and unintentional omissions. A USCIS officer will issue an RFE or NOID when the officer determines additional information or explanation might establish eligibility for an immigration benefit.


EAD's initial application and renewal will increase to two years of validity for certain adjustment of status applicants. This increase of validity is expected to reduce the number of employment authorization requests USCIS receives and allow the agency to shift limited resources to other priority areas.

This guidance was issued because of ongoing processing delays affecting the completion of adjustment of status applications.

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USCIS Updates Policies to Improve Immigration Services

AILA's Policy Brief: "Reopening America: How the Department of State Can Reduce Delays and Eliminate Backlogs and Inefficiencies to Create a Welcoming America"

Immigration to the United States from overseas has been significantly hampered due to policies that were established by the prior administration. Indeed, during the Trump Administration the U.S. closed its doors to several individuals based on their religion, their country of origin, their wealth, and their health. The final challenge was seen during the COVID-19 global pandemic in which America delayed and stopped immigration for more than a year through imposing travel bans and closures of the U.S. embassies and consulates.

Despite rescinding certain travel bans, President Biden resurrected regional travel bans under the guise of COVID-19, exacerbating already crisis-level immigrant and nonimmigrant visa backlogs and visa processing delays at the Department of State (DOS).

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be faced by modern science, it is time for America to reopen its borders and for DOS to get back to business. As U.S. embassies and consulates around the world were shut down due to the pandemic, DOS suffered significant financial difficulties, just like many other businesses around the world. Notwithstanding significant budget constraints, DOS has historically found ingenious ways to provide high-volume, world-class, and efficient consular services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants around the globe.

In order to solve this immigration backlog, AILA provides this policy brief to offer sensible policies and procedures that DOS can use to ensure the continued efficient function of DOS beyond the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Click the following link to read AILA's policy brief:

Policy Brief: Reopening America - How DOS Can Reduce Delays and Eliminate Backlogs and Inefficiencies to Create a Welcoming America

July 2021 Visa Bulletin

The July 2021 Visa Bulletin is out! EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 for “rest of the world” (except China and India) remains current.

  • EB-1 India remains current
  • EB-2 India moves up to 01JUN11
  • EB-3 India also moves up to 01JAN13
  • EB-1 China remains current
  • EB-2 China moves ahead to 01DEC17
  • EB-3 China moves ahead to 01JAN19

Click here to see July's visa bulletin

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