Updated: Jan 16

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it will temporarily suspend in-person services at all field offices, asylum offices and application support centers on Jan. 19 and 20 to ensure the safety of our employees and individuals with appointments. Read more at: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-suspending-in-person-services-jan-19-and-20

Contact Darren Heyman, immigration attorney, for more information.

I have many clients who have received TPS (Temporary Protected Status) from countries such as Honduras and El Salvador, who have entered the US without inspection at the border, but are currently considered to be "inspected" for purposes of being able to adjust status and obtain green cards in the US.

At present, the 9th Circuit (which oversees California, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) and the 6th Circuit (which oversees Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) have ruled that TPS constitutes inspection, allowing adjustment, whereas two other circuits, the 5th and 3rd, have found the opposite.

This decision will determine whether those with TPS will be able to adjust status and get green cards across the country, potentially also opening up the path for DACA recipients as well.

Marriage-based adjustments of status are taking about one year from filing to interview date in Las Vegas.