Starting April 13, 2012, visa processing fees will increase. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase but we will see a decrease in all immigrant visa processing fees. Petition-based visas: H, L, O, P, Q, R will increase from $150 to $190 Visitor, student, exchange visitor and journalist visas: […]
USDOS issued a reminder that visa fees changed last Friday, April 13. For those of you who have paid an immigrant visa fee before April 13, the fee is likely to have decreased. But you won’t get a refund for it! IF you have paid a visa fee prior to April 13 and the visa […]
Please remember that fees for most filings with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase on 23 November 2010. Applications submitted with incorrect fees will be rejected, and such a rejection could result in the applicant falling out of status in the USA, so it’s important to be sure to file with the correct […]
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced changes in their filing fees, effective 23 November 2010. The immigration lawyers at Fong & Aquino are dismayed that the cost of immigration benefits is rising the way the costs of making Hollywood movies is going up here in Los Angeles. Many clients can scarcely afford […]
In my sophomore year at UCLA, one of my professors Stewart Kwoh assigned us a social services research project. I came to him with some vague ideas and he suggested that I go see his good friend J Craig Fong to develop them into something more concrete.
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With President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration issues, the phone has been ringing constantly at both the Pasadena and Palm Springs offices. Fong & Aquino has fielded over 50 telephone inquiries this morning alone. Although the President announced the executive action yesterday, immigration lawyers are still studying the EXACT requirements and details of […]
In the past, I have written about people of modest means who have been bamboozled by unscrupulous attorneys, “consultants,” and “notarios.” For example, I wrote about the fraudulent asylum applications submitted by attorneys and paralegals in New York City. Unfortunately, even wealthy investors can be victims of scams.
If you are planning to apply for citizenship, you may want to do so before May 4, 2014. I have previously discussed the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen in order to “save” one’s children. I still believe that if you want to become a U.S. citizen, you should pursue it as soon as you […]
How does the government shutdown affect immigrants, the courts and our border? Although the federal government has been shutdown, the effects upon my immigration clients have been varied. U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the primary agency that handles petitions and applications related to immigration. For most filings, USCIS […]