August 2023 Newsletter: We Are Celebrating 1 Year At Our New Office!

We’re celebrating one year at our new office at 5352 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago

It’s been one year since our office moved to a new location and your support has been invaluable in making this journey a success. Thank you for being part of our story and for allowing us to be part of yours.

Here’s to more great years ahead!

Industry News

Growing Backlog of U Visa Cases 

The backlog in U Visa cases places crime victims in a state of uncertainty about their immigration status. Per the latest information provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U Visa processing times have been growing increasingly long. The existing queue of U Visa applications exceeds 300,000, resulting in applicants being trapped within this backlog. This delay leaves applicants without proper immigration status or the ability to work legally in the U.S. while they wait for a decision.

Family Reunification Parole Process Update

The Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) began issuing invitations under the family reunification parole (FRP) processes for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. On July 7, DHS announced implementation of new FRP processes for these countries that are available by invitation only to certain petitioners whose Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed on behalf of a principal beneficiary who is a national of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, has been approved.

Also, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued new guidance to assist stateless noncitizens in the United States who wish to obtain immigration benefits or have submitted other requests to USCIS. Stateless individuals are people who are not legally considered a citizen of any country, and therefore struggle to obtain basic services.

As always, stay tuned to our blog and newsletter for the latest in immigration news. And if you need advice on your case, reach out to us today!