October 03rd, 2018
I-129 and I-140 Premium Processing Fee Increase Takes Effect
USCIS announced an increase in the premium processing fee for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, beginning on 10/1/18. The premium processing fee will increase to $1,410, a 14.92 percent increase. The fee was last increased in 2010.
October 02nd, 2018
Official USCIS Guidance on Maintaining Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card) Status
Once you become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you maintain permanent resident status until you:
Conditional Permanent Resident StatusSection 216 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for you to become a lawful permanent resident on a conditional basis, based on marriage.
Section 216A provides for you to become a lawful permanent resident on a conditional basis, based on a qualifying investment.
Both sections allow USCIS to terminate your conditional status as provided by the law (in the event of fraud, for example).
You may be able to seek review of the termination of your status in a removal proceeding before an immigration judge.
Removal ProceedingsYou will lose your permanent resident status if an immigration judge issues a final removal order against you.
INA sections 212 and 237 describe the grounds on which you may be ordered removed from the United States.
Abandoning Permanent Resident StatusYou may also lose your permanent resident status by intentionally abandoning it. You may be found to have abandoned your status if you:
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