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The New USCIS Online I-130 Filing Process: A Word Of Caution

– Posted in: Immigration Agencies 101


A few weeks ago, USCIS announced that I-130 petitions can now be filed via the internet.

The I-130, known as the Petition For Alien Relative, is the first step in the green card process. Its purpose is to prove the family relationship between a U.S. citizen or green card holder and an immigrant relative.

Most news stories note how this development speeds up the green card process. They portray the change as a positive, pro-immigrant measure.

The new filing procedure is a step in the right direction. Yet, the change warrants cautious optimism for immigrants and their families.

Does An Increase In USCIS Filing Fees Hurt Immigrant Families?

– Posted in: Immigration Agencies 101


The government has announced a plan to increase the filing fees for various immigration applications.  It is estimated the average increase will be about 10%.

For many clients of our Riverside immigration lawyer offices, any increase in filing fees is not good news.

Because several are low wage earners, each time immigration fees are hiked, their dreams are placed on hold.

Making ends meet is already difficult. Saving enough funds to proceed is not an easy task.

Dear President Obama: A Simple Suggestion To Reform Immigration Bureaucracy

– Posted in: Immigration Agencies 101


After waiting 2 1/2 hours, my client was finally called for her green card interview.

We headed to the hallway door to meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. I extended my right hand to greet the officer and introduce myself. He turned and walked away. With his back to us, he said, “Follow me.”

My client’s face turned colorless. Fear ran up and down her spine.