Why Mom Was Right About Filing at USCIS Lockboxes—5 Tips

Ok, your mother may never have given you tips specifically about filing at USCIS lockbox facilities. But guidance that mothers do often give to their school-aged children is applicable when filing at a USCIS lockbox facility. Perhaps your mom told you that small, visual, surface-level things matter; or, maybe she just said brush your teeth, comb […]

Can You Cheat the USCIS Background Checks and Get Away with It?

In the preceding blog post, we wrote about the subject of background checks—background checks that sometimes raise the temperature of USCIS interview rooms. This blog post will illustrate the background checks in action. In 2017, the Administrative Appeals Office examined the case of an Australian–we’ll call her “Kim”–living in the United States. Kim wanted to […]

How Background Checks Make the USCIS Interview Room a Nerve-Raking Place

You probably already know that the FBI does background checks on applications and petitions filed with USCIS. But, you may not know all or even some of the other checks performed by USCIS–though your application or petition may get to know them. We won’t look at every background check here; let’s look at a few. Petitions may be checked against […]

9th Circ. Appeals Court Says Permanent-Residence Visa Denial for US Army Officer’s Wife Was Ok

This week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—the most pro-immigrant of the federal appellate courts—upheld the dismissal of US Army major Jerrid Allen’s lawsuit that challenged his wife’s immigrant-visa denial. (Generally, when one enters the United States with an immigrant visa, one becomes a permanent resident.) Allen claimed that the consular officer’s visa denial was […]