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10 March 2010

USCIS Welcomes You to The Beacon

Welcome to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' blog, "The Beacon." We established this forum to allow us to listen and learn from our readers, and to serve as an opportunity for discussion of relevant USCIS, citizenship and immigration issues.

We have assembled a team to author posts and respond to comments to best foster dialog and answer questions related to the USCIS mission and our work. While we will not respond to all comments, we will do our best to ensure that this blog is a timely, two-way conversation. We want you to be the driving force behind the conversation and encourage you to join the conversation by posting comments with your ideas, concerns, and constructive criticism.

We planned to launch this site in March, but as you can see from the entries below, the earthquake in Haiti prompted us to start blogging ahead of schedule. As we move forward, you can expect posts on a variety of citizenship and immigration-related topics from our team, as well as the occasional post by me and other guest authors.

That said, here are questions I have to get the conversation started:
  • What issues would you like to see discussed on the Beacon blog and why?
  • What can USCIS do to better serve you and those who use our services; what suggestions and constructive criticism do you have?
  • What can USCIS do to better communicate with you?

Please leave your responses in the comments section below and review our comment policy.


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At June 18, 2010 at 5:04:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard about a lot of cases when an immigrant who was supposed to receive a 2 year conditional green card through marriage receives, by mistake, a 10 year unconditional card. Some of those in this situation who tried to remove conditions by filing form I 751 had these forms returned to them by the USCIS on the basis that they did not have to remove conditions. Is there a USCIS memo which addresses cases like these? Will there be any problems when this person starts naturalization? They were supposed to remove conditions but couldn't do so because the USCIS erroneously believed they didn't have to due to a glitch in their system. Will the USCIS's error be interpreted in the green card holder favor or will the holder pay for the USCIS's mistake?
And more importantly, why does the USCIS send 10 year cards to those entitled to only a 2 year card?

At June 30, 2010 at 6:26:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Russ said...

The majority of the complaint concerns the EB (employment based) programs. I was told by one of the adjudicators in the California center that the officers who adjudicate the EB petitions have no educational background or experience in law, corporate/business law, investment, tax, accounting, contracts, finance, labor, management, or occupational specialties. Only several supervisors have a law degree but even then no experience. Less than 50% have an undergraduate college degrees. The EB5 investment program is even a bigger disaster ..

... how are decisions made?

Have the courtesy ... hire and train qualified officers who have the minimal educational requirements.

At July 6, 2010 at 6:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr.Mayorkas and Management team,

Please accept my appreciations for the excellent work done by Texas Service Center. The TSC streamline process (AILA attorneys can reach out to TSC thru email)has been extremely good and response is very prompt.

It appears that NSC does not have any such streamline process and it has been extremely difficult to approach them to find out the I-485 status, except raising Service Requests and AOS applicants going for Infopass.

I request you to introduce NSC streamline process, similar to TSC streamline, which will be greatly helpful for AILA attorneys to reach out to NSC.

Thanks and regards,

At July 22, 2010 at 9:27:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.USCIS is a totally failed institution.
2.Cost of immigration for some one from backlogged country to migrate to US is around $50000 that includes USCIS fee and attorney fees.
3.USCIS Immigration officers need training in providing service to their clients, they get paid from the fees immigrants pay.
4.Immigration policy is outright racist, if you are an illegal immigrant from European country it is fine and you get green card way much faster, on the other hand if you are from asian country and came here legally it takes more than a decade.

At July 22, 2010 at 9:46:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not able to file I-485, EAD & AP for my spouse (Primary I-485 filed before marriage)

I am wondering what is the reason behind, where USCIS is not allowing spouse to file for I-485, EAD & AP, where the primary applicant filed for I-485 before marriage.

I wish USCIS taken out this clause today. So that, I could file for I-485, EAD and AP for my spouse.

In my view this is not acceptable and creates more uncomfortableness in families.

Any help would be appreciated.

At July 22, 2010 at 1:29:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest USCIS sends the approved green cards (I551) by USPS certified mail or express mail. Please go ahead charge ahead for these postal expenses. This will be a huge benefit for all the immigrants. This way lost cards and postal delays can be avoided. Also this provides tracking ability. Please seriously consider this suggestion. Green Card is one of the most important and precisious document for all the immigrants.

At August 17, 2010 at 1:50:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

why Eb 3-India is punished ? can we ask why ? we are legal,hardworking waiting for 8 years

At August 18, 2010 at 5:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering, when the earth quake hit Haiti, USCIS started given Green Card to Haitian citizen. Similarly, in Oct 2008 a shocking earth quake hit Kashmir, Pakistan which killed 200,000 people and now Flood in Pakistan, which effected more than 40M ppl, USCIS is not giving any response for Pakistani citizens inside USA ??

At August 21, 2010 at 7:14:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is it possible that the SBA has on its list of 8a contractors companies founded by H1Bs from India? Does USCIS share data with the the SBA? Does the SBA not check with USCIS before doling out taxpayer money, disenfranchising American businesses in favor of H1Bs?

At September 4, 2010 at 7:42:00 PM EDT , Blogger Matildo said...

I have dream in migrating to US and work there for a greener pasture but getting there is no joke, so that dream was no big deal for me now, am contented to live here in our Country and earn a little bit low but decent BPO job, anyways am thankful for US for the my job now

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At September 12, 2010 at 5:08:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Abogados said...

Hello, I think this type of forum subject necesaio immigration is because the reality is changing and when you modify any aspect, other than a law, often not until you find out you're wrong.

At September 21, 2010 at 9:43:00 PM EDT , Blogger Kristell said...

maybe you can help me.

I applied for citizenship because after reading the guides available online I was eligible. I had been a permanent resident for more than five years, I had been more than 30 months physically inside the US and had not bee outside for periods of more than 6 months. My application was denied because for the first two years as a permanent resident. I was finishing my bachelors degree in a school outside the US. I was absent during my school periods but never for more than 6 months. The officer denied my application on the base that I had disrupted my continuous residence. But according to USCIS website If I have not been out for more than 6 months I have not disrupted the continuity of my residency. So I don't understand I follow the guidelines for my application and my money is basically stolen from me, and now to file an appeal I have to pay another $600 dollars that I do not have and do not know if they are going to be stolen from me as well. so i do not know what to do.


At September 21, 2010 at 9:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering, when the earth quake hit Haiti, USCIS started given Green Card to Haitian citizen. Similarly, in Oct 2008 a shocking earth quake hit Kashmir, Pakistan which killed 200,000 people and now Flood in Pakistan, which effected more than 40M ppl, USCIS is not giving any response for Pakistani citizens inside USA ??

At September 23, 2010 at 10:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the USCIS approving only primary EAD and not the AP or the spouses EAD and AP? All were filed at the same time.

At September 24, 2010 at 10:12:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same situation here Primary EAD approved and 4 days later both AP's approved. No sign of spouse EAD. Apparently I cannot put in an expedite request for my spouse's EAD as my spouse will start the new job in 2 weeks and is currently not working.
Wondering if anyone knows if I can send in the expedite request for my spouse. I am certain the company will not hold the job for the EAD to arrive.

At February 27, 2011 at 2:50:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to know who to complain when something is not getting done in timely fashion? So far I personally spoke with Director of Atlanta USCIS, PR officer for Atlanta USCIS and lot of other local officials, I sent certified letters to Janet Napoliantano and Director Eli Markus and never heard back anything?
Is there anybody who is running this department and can take care of public?

At July 21, 2011 at 3:27:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is going on with TRIG pending cases dues to 212 a 3 b INA that have been placed on hold and labelled as UN-Designated TIER III cases? Primarily cases are on hold for Asylees and Refugees for Several years now??? What is the progress on those cases?

At August 12, 2011 at 9:33:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving us a chance.
Please consider EB3-I category waiting for ever.
Thing I don't understand is this.
During May 2007 VB, EB3I was 2003 June. It was backlogged for ever on Apr 2001 until then.
During July Fiasco everything is set to C.
Again it went back to 2001 April again, which makes me think that something is definitely wrong. We EB3 people are also well educated and all the time working and paying taxes. So please consider spill over to EB3 parallel with EB2. This could help forward movement. I would at least see the VB for Oct 2011 for EB3 I move to where it was during May 2007 and henceforth forward movement.
Please do not count spouse/children and dependent who are not like us who are working here. Please have some internal tool to branch out and count them separately, in that way real working group would benefit as well as the dependents.

At August 12, 2011 at 9:36:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suggestion: After 5 years of continuous employment one is eligible for EB2 category. Why don't the system do that and there won't be any porting issues later. Please do it for existing EB3-I category. It's been so many years for lot of people

At November 18, 2011 at 3:42:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no words to express the sorrow and heartbreak my family and I feel because of the GC (or lack thereof). Lost education opportunities, lost professional advances, lost financials opportunities all in the name of "legality". We have been in this country (legally) for 12 years, 9 of which have been dealing with red tape and "hungry" attorneys waiting to make a buck on our misfortunes.

My suggestion to USCIS, think of the human beings behind the paper (application); their dreams and hopes for a better life...In the land of opportunity (denied opportunity, should we say???)

At November 28, 2011 at 2:22:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the same immigration officer for the U.S. Naturalization process? Is there any publication that prohibit this from happening?
Reason is: my wife went to her first interview back in Sept. 1 with officer X then today, Nov. 28 she had the interview with the same officer. Obviously, notes are kept from the previous interview, and surely enough, the same result was given: you need to practice your English. From the beginning of the interview the officer had a determination factor that my wife didn't know enough English. We have started an appeal process, but I doubt anything will come out of it. My main concern is: Is there any publication, order, memo that states that officers can't interview the same person twice?

At December 11, 2011 at 2:17:00 PM EST , Blogger prashant said...

Dear Sir,

I am F-1 visa student and I have earned degree in physical science from community college, and currently I am working on my opt. I want to know that; Can Associate degree holder F-1 visa student extend their opt or not?


At January 16, 2012 at 11:23:00 AM EST , Blogger JacqG said...

The family has permanent residence status but my son who is now 18 would like to study at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada where we are from. Will this affect his permanent residence statutes if he returns regularly during breaks so he is never ouside of the US for more than 6 months at a time.

At January 21, 2012 at 11:07:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few weeks ago i had an interview with imigration for receiving my green card, my american wife and i are worried about this because they told us that our marriage was not recognized by the usa, because when i haved enterd to usa i've done it with my ex wife, and beacuse of that imigration thinks that my new marraige is illegal. Now i' scared because the person that interrogate us the day of our appointment, called us for a new interview saying that she was wrong. But the problem is that imigration always makes a wriitten notification for things like this, i need your help or advise on this... Thanks on advance

At March 12, 2012 at 2:05:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard from multiple people who went for the interview that they got unfair questions like:
- do you know that you have to give up you other citizenship right now. Dual citizenship is not allowed
- can you sign that you give up right now your citizenship of the other country. (handing you a paper)
- or the person who interviews you has such a hard accent and does not speak clearly so that you just cannot understand.

All these things happened lately in the Santa Ana Office n California.
How should you react to situations like that?

At March 22, 2012 at 10:56:00 AM EDT , Blogger ps said...

I would very much like USCIS to provide greater clarity on rules around issuance of travel authorization (I-131) pending AOS, particularly for G-4 applicants currently employed and resident in the US. Mission related travel is a critical job requirement and inadequate information on processing times, procedures, status of pending I-131 issuance is disappointing.

At January 30, 2013 at 4:52:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

after been filed for how long can i wait before filing for a child over 21

At February 1, 2013 at 1:23:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i have been leaving in this country for 13 years i go to school and i will say i have about 5 diploma an police sciences,private investigator,criminal justice and i am a certified plumber,i file my application for work no answer denided so what should i do now to have my work permit back or to have a green card?

At February 28, 2013 at 3:51:00 PM EST , Anonymous William Paul said...

I personally feel immigration should be simplified. The duress of form filling, interviews and waiting in this day and age is surely unnecessary. With todays technological ability for checking an applicants credentials a decision could be made virtually instantly. You know if you require laywers, scientists, plumbers, teachers or labourers. Check their qualifications, their criminal record and their ability to speak English. If they match your requirements welcome them with open arms!

At March 27, 2013 at 2:56:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was wondering to know what to do about my late green card. i even did not get a welcoming notice from immigration, is there any way to check my status online?

At March 27, 2013 at 3:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my green card is late and i don't have any idea about the status so i was wondering if you could suggest me what to do. i even did not get a welcoming notice from immigration, is there any way to check my status online? my spouse is us citizen and i'm here for permanent residence.

thank you in advance

At April 7, 2013 at 7:09:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks a lot,

At April 20, 2013 at 2:00:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was doing the process of resident card for my mom in 2011. I could not continue finish the process of the visa for personal issues. How can I open the case again?What do I have to do? Thank you so much.

At April 27, 2013 at 7:42:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am asking the authorities to look into the fact that USCitizens work immigrants, take away their passports and under the promise of a Green Card, they work you harder and then just come up one day and tell you, you are fired and because your six months stay has passed, there is no way you could prove that you did not overstay on purpose. There should be a penalty imposed on these employers. They go from alien to alien.

At May 17, 2013 at 7:05:00 AM EDT , Blogger Aly said...

My mother applied for my Brother but she died before USCIS responded it, after that I applied for my brother 2006. USCIS took so long to answer my mother and she knew she was going to die, and she saw other people that applied at the same time to get their response first than hers. Is there anyway I can ask somebody why some people get their papers first than others?

At August 12, 2013 at 8:58:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife of 6 yrs moved out. Wants me to file for a divorce. Havent been a couple since June 2012 when she insisted on leaving to take care of her parents, other options were available, she refused, Back in Jan 2013, no affection towards me. Wants me to file for divorce, by the way has a FRIEND! if SHE FILES, how will that affect her ability to stay in this country? Took the oath, etc.. I wasn't even told. Please answer, Thank You!

At December 14, 2013 at 12:21:00 PM EST , Blogger Dipak Patel said...

I am Indian. My father-in-law apply visa under F3 category (Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative) in March 2004 for my wife, me and my daughter. Till date we not get visa. During processing time my daughter became above 24 year and till she is unmarried. I worry about her VISA. I have few question in my mind.

(1) She get benefit under Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) ?
(2) What is procedure to get benefit under CSPA ?
(3) When & Where we apply?
(4) Which for form file?
(5) In India from which office we get guidance?

At March 11, 2014 at 3:37:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,
I am a refugee in the states, i have applied for a green card after one year of my first admission but got denied recently because i traveled through the one year outside the states for 8 months, i have contacted a lawyer and he advised not to apply a motion and complete the period and reapply again for the green card, my question is, do i have to pay the fee of the application on the second time since i didn't pay it the first time as i am a refugee? second question, do you think the USCIS will proceed with my application without denial this time? thanks

At May 2, 2014 at 6:41:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was recently terminated from a Vietnamese owned machine shop named TNN machine. 1st month was good then another month goes by they slowly decreased my over time. My last3 months they dropped me down to 32 hrs a wk with out paper work involved. Just saying its slow.yet all others Vietnamese employees were getting overtime still. On top of that the boss lady called me to her office to talk. The discussion was that my production as a machinist was that "you are very slow and maybe I don't no as much as what I say I did" her words. So she gave me a 7$ pay cut and still 32hrs a wk. I feel they took advantage of me and I was born and raised in Houston Texas. It is no place for an American citizen to work for and I think the owners should not get away with their actions. I think if the family or friends of their customers ever worked for them , the big clients I will not name should discontinue sending them work. They are arrogant and should b thankful they are allowed to do business with American companies.

At June 23, 2014 at 1:04:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At July 7, 2014 at 1:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Angel said...

My dad used to be a permenant citizen of the US ... when he was around 14-16 he moved to Canada with his parents ... his parents have since passed, and my mother has always lived in canada, she moved from Italy when she was a very small child, I am 14 ... I really want to move to Georgia ,,, and I was wondering if my father is a dual-citizen ?, I'm not sure but, I really want to live in Marietta, GA. So, if he is a dual-citizen, what would the process of me, my brother, and my mother moving to the US be ?, also, if he isn't a dual citizen .. what would be the quickest process to immigrate to the US ? Thank You.

At July 7, 2014 at 1:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Simone said...

hi, i have a question on the classifications of us citizenship.. what's the difference between the citizenship at birth and the citizenship from immigration? do they hold different rights? what if the person was born aboard to us parents, does he/she have the same right as an us born citizen? how about us citizen born abroad and the ones get the citizenship from immigration?

At July 7, 2014 at 1:05:00 PM EDT , Anonymous MR. Bertollini said...

What do you think of the EB5 Green card programme??
you invest a large sum of money then makes you a US investor and you are entitled to a green card. Good or bad for america?

At July 7, 2014 at 1:07:00 PM EDT , Anonymous John said...

Can I get a USA Visa / citizenship if I live in the USA for 5 years under an F-1 student Visa?
I currently live in England and aspire to live in the USA. I am thinking of moving out to study there and am wondering that if i stay continuously for 5 years under an F-1 visa can i then apply for a permanent Visa/Citizenship to be able to work and live in America?

At July 7, 2014 at 1:10:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Mr. de la Vega said...

I am in USA over last 4 months on an assignment and holding L1 visa. This assignment will run for further 6 months. ( I had been into USA earlier also for 2 and 3 months on B1 and L1 Visa respectively.) My company is not willing to apply Green Card for me.So, I want to apply for my Green Card on my own ? Will it be possible ? If yes, what will be the process, charges and time frame for that.
I will appreciate your experience or suggestion on this.

At September 24, 2014 at 1:44:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My concern is that ,I applied for i 751 under waiver of good faith marriage.I applied in october 2011.And now it is September 2014 and till now my 751 has not been adjudicated.My case is still open.I have been in US for 5 years.Dont know from where I should enquire about my case.Went to the infopas and those people also dont know much,everyone said "case is pending consideration"...but for how long I need to wait and what is the cause of the delay??? one provides a satisfactory response.Wrote almost 5 or 6 letters to USCIS..and same reply is open... lol.Where should I sek help

At December 2, 2014 at 11:47:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama amnesty will cause the bottom to fall out of already pathetic wages. Especially in this cities with the most "non citizens":

Couple this with a 15% - 20% increase in healthcare premiums and the average American will be seriously in trouble.

At March 4, 2015 at 8:49:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can a Green card holder, who is married to a U.S. citizen accept health tax credits from Obama Care without jeopardizing his/her future path to citizenship?

At October 28, 2015 at 10:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous kemeja pria terbaru 2015 said...

how many years it takes to become a citizen of USA?

At September 13, 2016 at 11:22:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great service ! Thanks. One question that comes up among various immigration applicants is how do they cancel an existing G-28 attorney representation forms for I-485 / I-765 / I-131 and redirect all future communications to themselves. USCIS web pages do not seem to address this in any actionable way. Some say a phone call to customer service will do. Others feel writing a letter can make it happen or filing another G-28 is the only way to do it. good fundraising ideas If you can clarify the same it will help immigrants save attorney fees (G-28 filing) and use their services only when absolutely necessary.

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