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UNDERSTANDING YOUR USCIS CASE
USCIS offers a number of tools to help applicants track their case status. But using these tools can be difficult for those who are unfamiliar with USCIS terms and procedures. This article provides some insight into USCIS’ receipt notices, processing centers, case status updates, and processing times.
PAROLE IN PLACE & DEFERRED ACTION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
In addition to observing federal holidays such Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recognizes the important sacrifices made by U.S. service members, veterans, enlistees, and their families through certain benefit programs. Two of these programs are military parole in place and military deferred action.
HUMANITARIAN PAROLE: AN EXTRAORDINARY BENEFIT IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide beginning in March 2020. While some U.S. Embassies and Consulates have resumed operations, the capacity and type of visa services offered are still being determined on a post-by-post basis. The uncertainty of how, when, and where visa services will resume has particularly affected individuals with urgent matters necessitating immediate travel to the United States. In certain of these cases, humanitarian parole may be a remedy.
THE "PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP"
With immigration reform topping news headlines, the phrase “pathway to citizenship” is everywhere. But what exactly do those catchy buzzwords mean for immigrants in the United States?