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APRIL 2015

News in Brief

Yemeni Cases Transferred to Egypt: The National Visa Center (NVC) advises that Yemeni immigrant visa cases that were previously scheduled for interviews at Sana’a, as well as cases that were documentarily qualified and have non-expired documents, will be the first cases transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. The Consulate in Sana’a was closed due to recent events in Yemen. The NVC advises, however, that due to the passage of time, many documentarily qualified cases now have expired documents and those documents will need to be updated before a new appointment is scheduled. Specific instructions will be sent to such applicants within the coming weeks. The NVC also advises that applicants can request that their case be put on hold until the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a resumes operations, but no estimates can be provided as to when that might occur.

Green Card Receipt After Consular Processed Immigrant Visa: USCIS advises that a foreign national who obtained an immigrant visa at a consular post should receive his or her green card about 45 days after entry in the United States, presuming that the $165 fee has been paid. If the card is not received after 45 calendar days, individuals are advised to inquire with USCIS at the 1-800-375-5283.

Central Americans Continued to Be Detained: While faded from the news, mothers and their children from Central America who crossed the border to escape violence in their home countries continue to be detained in federal detention centers in remote locations. National and regional organizations continue to press the Administration and President Obama to revisit and discontinue family detention for these individuals.

This update is for informational purposes only and is not intended as specific legal advice in any way.

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