Chicago Law Office of Christine Contreras

January 2024 Newsletter: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope it is a healthy and prosperous one for you!

We are excited to assist you with your immigration process this year! Please reach out to our office at (773) 478-0372 and let us know how we can help.

In the latter part of December, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a series of updates that are worth noting:

Updated Guidance on Family-Based Permanent Residence

USCIS is updating its guidance on family-based conditional permanent residence. The notice updates guidance on eligibility, filing, and adjudication for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. It also clarifies the things noncitizens must do to change the basis of filing in cases of waivers based on battery or extreme cruelty.

Another notable change is that if a noncitizen’s conditional permanent resident status is terminated for failing to file Form I-751, they may be eligible to adjust permanent resident status on a new basis, even if USCIS issues a notice of termination of conditional permanent resident status before the noncitizen files Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

A Plan to Increase Visa Application Fees is Under White House Review

The White House is reviewing a proposal to update visa application fees for immigrants and temporary foreign workers, the first update since 2016.

The draft regulations, released last year, suggest a 40% increase in fees, particularly affecting adjustment of status (green card) application and employment-based visas.

The proposal, which received nearly 8,000 public comments, is now with the White House for clearance before being published in the Federal Register. The Biden administration aims to release the final fee schedule in April.

If you are in the process of adjustment of status, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.

As always, follow our blog and newsletter for the latest in immigration news and policy! And if you have any questions about your case, reach out to me today!