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Understanding Immigration Law: Is it a Bad Sign to Receive a Request for Evidence?

A Request for Evidence (RFE) is a type of document issued by the USCIS that seeks additional information from a petitioner/applicant. RFEs are relatively common. As an example, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that a Request for Evidence is issued in nearly 25 percent of H-1B visa petitions. If you just…

Are Muslim Visa Applicants Dealing With Unfair Administrative Processing Delays?

Administrative processing is not something that’s exclusively for Muslims or people from majority Muslim countries. However, it does feel that way because so many of my clients are from Muslim countries or are Muslim. I think part of the explanation for why so many people are stuck in administrative processing is that administrative processing is…

What Can I Expect at an Immigration Biometrics Appointment in California?

Biometrics is a scientific term that describes the unique anatomical data that can be used to identify a person. Fingerprints are probably the most well-known example of a form of biometric data that is used by authorities. If you are applying to become a permanent resident, you will be required to attend a biometrics appointment…

Is Administrative Clearance The Same As Administrative Processing

Today, we’re talking about visa delays, 221G, and administrative processing. The question comes from one of the members of our Facebook group. It’s free to join and I’d encourage you to join if you’re interested in these sorts of things. The question says, “I am a petitioner green card holder. I filed for my spouse…

How to Navigate Successfully From F-1 to OPT to Green Card

Life after an F-1 visa often sparks curiosity about what comes next. If you’re an international student gearing up for OPT, already in the zone, or witnessing its conclusion, you’re likely pondering, “What’s next?”  Many wonder how to transition from an F-1 student visa (or OPT) to something more lasting, like a work visa or…

How to Prepare to Apply for an O-1 Visa

An O-1 visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that is reserved specifically for people with “extraordinary” abilities. As explained by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may be eligible for an O-1 visa if you can demonstrate a record of superior talent and/or ability in the field such as the arts, education,…

Administrative Process: 2 Reasons Your Visa May Be Delayed

Are you wondering about the reasons behind your delayed visa and the complex administrative process? Allow Joshua Goldstein, an immigration attorney with a proven track record of assisting families shed light on this complex process. Discover why you received the 221(g) worksheet and why your visa is taking longer. If you’re experiencing this, keep reading…

What Is Administrative Processing?

Have you ever wondered what is administrative processing and what exactly the term “221(g)” visa refusal means on your visa application? Joshua Goldstein is an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience in immigration law.  You can gain many insights from Josh’s experience to help guide you through visa application complications. Joshua has a…

If My Visa Is Stuck In Administrative Processing, Can You Guarantee You’ll Get It Approved

My Visa Is Stuck In Administrative Processing. Can You Guarantee You’ll Get It Approved? The question Here’s one of the questions that I get all the time. People contact me and say, “Hey Josh. My visa is stuck in administrative processing. I know you can help. I’ve seen your YouTube videos and your website. I…

Should You Tell Immigration About Your Dismissed Criminal Case?

As immigration lawyers, we help people get green cards, citizenship through naturalization, work visas, and other immigration benefits. Some of our clients have made mistakes in the past and have a criminal history. Here’s a line of questions that we sometimes hear from our immigration clients: “My criminal case was a minor offense. And the…