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COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical ExaminationsU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on September 14, 2021, that, effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record."We are updating our policy guidance in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aug. 17, 2021 update to the Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. That update requires applicants subject to the immigration medical examination to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon before completion of the immigration medical examination. This requirement is effective Oct. 1, 2021, and applies prospectively to all Forms I-693 signed by the civil surgeons on or after that date. We are working on updating Form I-693 and the form instructions to incorporate this new requirement.In general, individuals applying to become a lawful permanent resident, and other applicants as deemed necessary, must undergo an immigration medical examination to show they are free from any conditions that would render them inadmissible under the health-related grounds. USCIS designates eligible physicians as civil surgeons to perform this immigration medical examination for applicants within the United States and to document the results of the immigration medical examination on the Form I-693.USCIS may grant blanket waivers if the COVID-19 vaccine is:Not age-appropriate;Contraindicated due to a medical condition;Not routinely available where the civil surgeon practices; orLimited in supply and would cause significant delay for the applicant to receive the vaccination.Individuals may also apply for individual waivers based on religious beliefs or moral convictions by submitting Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility." ... See MoreSee Less
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DHS Withdraws Proposed Biometrics RuleThe Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have expanded department authorities and requirements for collecting biometrics by removing age restrictions; requiring submission of biometrics for every applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual filing for or associated with any immigration or naturalization benefit or request unless DHS waives or exempts the biometrics requirement; codifying the authority to use DNA test results; and authorizing the use of additional types of biometric modalities.DHS announced its decision to withdraw the proposed rule, originally published on Sept. 11, 2020, in a Federal Register notice. The withdrawal is consistent with the Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, and additional administration priorities to reduce barriers and undue burdens in the immigration system.DHS will continue to require submission of biometrics where appropriate and remains committed to national security, identity management, fraud prevention and program integrity. ... See MoreSee Less
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What You Can Do if Your Spouse is Hiding Income or Assets During Divorce

September 21, 2021

Do you think your spouse has been acting cagey since the two of you have been considering divorce? California is a community property state, which means with some exceptions such…

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Can a Parent Move a Child Against the Other Parent’s Wishes?

August 31, 2021

What you Need to Know about California Move Away Orders When people reach a child custody agreement, they often do not anticipate that one of the parents may want to…

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The Basics of Applying for U.S. Citizenship

June 16, 2020

The path to U.S. citizenship is paved in red tape and fraught with possible missteps. If you take a wrong turn, you may lose your chance to become a U.S.…

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What You Must Know Before Applying for a Fiancé Visa

June 16, 2020

You have met the love of your life overseas and you want to apply for a fiancé visa so they can come to the United States to marry you. Certainly,…

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Using California Community Property While Separated Can Cost You: What You Need to Know About Watts Charges

June 16, 2020

When you separate from your spouse in preparation for a divorce in California, it’s common for one of the spouses to continue to use community property at the exclusion of…

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Get Reimbursed for Expenditures During Separation: What You Need to Know About Epstein Credits

June 16, 2020

After you separate from your spouse in California, determining how to pay your bills can be a bit confusing. The court has not yet divided your property between you or…

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How to File for Divorce in California

June 16, 2020

How to File for Divorce in California You and your spouse have reached a point where you are considering living your lives apart. This is already one of the most…

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COVID-19 Update – Ghazi Law Group

April 1, 2020

Over the last week, as more communities, including the federal government, have called for increased social distancing to help contain the virus we are going to be working remotely so…

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How a California Prenuptial Agreement Can Protect Your Romance – as Well as Your Property

September 25, 2019

You’re about to get married, and you can’t wait to start your life together. You’re planning your honeymoon with stars in your eyes and love on your mind. Then your…

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Adjustment of Status Through Marriage

September 13, 2019

Getting a Green Card by Marrying a U.S. Citizen Marrying a U.S. citizen is one of the fastest routes to a green card (U.S. lawful permanent residence) for foreign nationals…

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