USCIS Has Begun Implementing Its New Interactive Voice Response Telephone System

Recently, USCIS has announced that it will be implementing a new interactive voice response telephone system for all English and Spanish calls to the USCIS Contact Center. The new IVR system is designed to personalize the individual’s experience by allowing them to do the following:

  • Receive links for forms and information by text or email
  • Provide real-time feedback via an optional survey
  • Speak to the system instead of selecting keypad options, something that should help streamline the process for those calling for specific reasons

The new system is not to be implemented all at once; instead, it will be carried out in phases. Therefore, if you call a short time from now, there is a chance that you will not interact with the new IVR system right away. However, the system is expected to go fully operational relatively quickly. Once it is, USCIS Contact Center will become even more efficient, and those calling will have a wider array of services options to choose from. The new move is expected to decrease the amount of time you may spend on the phone while repeating yourself due to your dialect, accent, or background noise on your end. Finally, you should note that despite the change, the Contact Center’s toll-free numbers will remain the same. Hours for live assistance will also remain the same.

For any additional questions about your immigration status, please do not hesitate to give our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call today. We are ready to help you through every step of the process ahead.

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What is a 212(h) Waiver?

A 212(h) waiver is most frequently associated with an adjustment of status. For example, if you are a green card holder and are traveling into the U.S. and placed into removal proceedings, you may use it. Generally, these waivers are used by those with criminal convictions who are deemed inadmissible into the United States.

How do I gain admissibility into the United States?

If you are deemed inadmissible, you may file a 212(h) waiver via a Form I-601. However, filing this document is not enough; you will also have to prove that if you are not allowed into the U.S., it would present an extreme hardship to a parent, child, or spouse who is either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If you can prove as much, you may be allowed in.

Can I apply for a green card with a 212(h) waiver?

You may apply for a green card with a 212(h) waiver as long as you have never been in removal proceedings and you have a criminal conviction. That being said, if the 212(h) waiver is denied by immigration, you could be placed into removal proceedings.

What do I have to prove in my waiver?

As mentioned earlier, you will have to prove that if you are not allowed in, it will be a hardship to your family members, and also that you truly deserve the waiver indiscretion. They will want to know how long you have been in the country, who your family in the country is, what the hardship would be to those family members or you, and your employment history. They will also want to know the country you’re returning to–if you have next to no life experience there, cannot speak the language, etc., your chances of being allowed to stay are greater. They will also consider the chances of whether you will ever commit another crime in the future.

If you are applying for immigration through a green card on paper, they will need to know all of this information. That being said, if you are applying through an immigration judge, they will require both on paper and testimony. Lastly, you should note that in most cases, however, you cannot waive drug charges.

If you have any additional questions regarding the immigration process, please do not hesitate to give our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call today. We are here to help.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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U.S. Service Members And Veterans Can Apply For Naturalization Online

USCIS has announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization online. Before the recent USCIS move, individuals could only file these forms via paper applications. Now, applicants can submit these forms and check their status electronically, as well as receive updates and notices from USCIS concerning their applications. This is a big step in making the process easier for individuals who have served our country.

If you are currently serving in the military, or you are a U.S. military veteran, you may apply for naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. By doing so, your application fee and other requirements should be waived. Furthermore, certain provisions of the law may also award your family with some of these benefits as well.

As of now, you may file 10 USCIS forms online, as opposed to on paper. These forms are as follows:

  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539 is the first online application filing that uses USCIS’ eProcessing strategy.)
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA)
  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
  • Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship
  • Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card
  • Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request
  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
  • Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322

Finally, you should note that you must first create an account with USCIS online before attempting to file a form. Once you do, you can submit and track the status of these forms, pay certain fees, communicate with USCIS directly through a secure inbox, and respond to requests for evidence. If you have any additional questions regarding your immigration concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys today. We are here to help you through every step of the process ahead.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Has Extended Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

The new coronavirus has drastically affected both citizens and non-citizens of America, and individuals all over the world. Because of this, USCIS has largely closed its offices for in-person services, barred immigration into the United States for at least 60 days, and more in an effort to stymie the spread of the virus. That being said, USCIS has recently announced it will be extending flexibility to applicants and petitioners so they have sufficient time to respond to the following:

  • Requests for Evidence
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14)
  • Notices of Intent to Deny
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion

With this extension, USCIS can now respond to requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after their due date. Before USCIS takes action, it will consider Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision. USCIS reports that it is consistently taking various preventative measures to protect the workforce while minimizing the immigration consequences for any individual currently seeking immigration benefits.

Finally, you should note that the flexibility for these documents will only apply if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020.

If you have any additional questions regarding how the new coronavirus may affect your immigration status, please give our knowledgeable, compassionate Wisconsin immigration firm a call today. We remain open for business and here to help.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Offices Set to Reopen June 4, 2020

As you most likely already know, USCIS decided to temporarily close off the spread of all field offices, application support centers, and asylum offices to curtail the spread on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) since March 18. While until recently, there was no end in sight, fortunately, USCIS has recently announced that it will be reopening these services to the public starting June 4, 2020.

Upon reopening, USCIS will send all applicants and petitioners notices who had their initial appointments delayed as a result of the virus. If you are someone who had your asylum interview moved, you will receive a notice with the time, date, and place of your rescheduled interview with USCIS asylum offices.

If you had an ASC appointment or a naturalization ceremony canceled, you will receive rescheduled dates for those events in the mail as well. Finally, if you are someone with an InfoPass or another appointment, you will have to reschedule manually through the USCIS Contact Center after June 4, 2020.

If you have any additional questions regarding your immigration status here in the United States and how it may be affected by the new coronavirus, please do not hesitate to give our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call. We know that these are turbulent times, however, we can now finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the immigration process.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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