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Under order of the Federal Court, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is now accepting renewal applications for DACA.  This is only for persons who have previously been granted DACA.

The California Processing Center of CIS is taking from 9 to 12 months to process DACA renewals. For this reason, at Fuente Missions we recommend filing applications to renew in 9 months before the expiration date.

We are awaiting the conclusion of various lawsuits in federal court to see what will happen with this program.

Even still, the solution lies with Congress.  Please contact your senators and representatives and ask that they pass a solution for these young people before they revert to undocumented status.




Adjustment of Status for TPS (Immediate Relatives of a United States Citizen)

The Federal Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, in the case of Ramírez v. Brown, ordered that persons with TPS are considered to have been “inspected and admitted” and as such they satisfy the requirements of being considered nonimmigrants for purposes of adjustment of status in the United States.  This means that persons with TPS who are immediate family members of a citizen can apply for permanent residence in the United States without having to appear at a United States consulate or embassy in their country of nationality.

WARNING: Persons who have had a case in Immigration Court should take care their case is properly concluded before applying for Adjustment of Status.




According to the order in Ramos v. Nielson, TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, y El Salvador remains in effect.  CIS has granted an automatic extension for these countries until January 2, 2020.


October 2019 ~ Priority Dates

IMPORTANT:  There are two dates in each category.  The date on top in black type is the priority date for which CIS will grant permanent residence to eligible candidates in that month. The bottom date (in red parentheses)  is the date for which CIS will accept applications for adjustment of status in this month.


1st 15JAN13   (15JUL13) 15JAN13   (15JUL13) 15JAN13   (15JUL13) 08AUG97   (15NOV99) 01JUL08   (01JAN09)
2A          C   (01AUG19)          C   (01AUG19)           C    (01AUG19)            C   (01AUG19)            C   (01AUG19)
2B 01JUN14   (01DEC14) 01JUN14  (01DEC14) 01JUN14  (01DEC14) 01AUG98   (01APR99) 01SEP08   (01MAR09)
3rd 15SEP07   (15MAR08) 15SEP07   (15MAR08) 15SEP07   (15MAR08) 22FEB96   (15JUL00) 01APR98   (01OCT98)
4th 22NOV06   (15MAY07) 22NOV06   (15MAY07) 01OCT04   (01JUN05) 15DEC97   (01JAN99) 08JUL98   (08JAN99)

*All countries not specified.

** “C” means current for all priority dates for that country in that category.

First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:

A. Spouses and Children not married and under age 21: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. Unmarried Sons and Daughters age 21 and over: 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

Source: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html


Become a U.S. Citizen!

Permanent residents can apply for U.S. citizenship in five years.

Permanent residents who are married to a U.S. citizen can apply in three years if they are married to and living with a U.S. citizen during those three years.

Fuente Missions charges $200 to prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Smithsonian Institute have a new online resource to aid in preparing for the citizenship test.  Click to Study for the test

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Provisional Waivers Extended to Relatives of Permanent Residents

On July 29, 2016, the CIS announced that begining August 29, 2016,the provisional waiver (on Form I-601A) will be made available to relatives of lawful permanent residents who face a three- or ten-year bar due to their anticipated exit from the U.S. to attend their interview appointment after being unlawfully present in the United States for more than 180 days or more than one year, respectively.  Before this only immediate relatives of U.S. citizens were allowed to request the provisional waiver.

The provisional waiver is only available to applicants facing the three or ten year bars described above who can show that their absence from the U.S. will cause “extreme hardship” to a spouse or parent who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, and it is submitted from within the United States before appearing for the interview.  It may be used when this is the only condition of inadmissibility.  Persons facing other conditions of inadmissibility must apply for a waiver at the Consular Post from outside the United States.


Know Your Rights

  • You have the right to maintain silent.

  • You have the right to speak to an attorney.

  • You do not have to open the door of your home to admit any government official unless that official presents a search warrant signed by a judge.