January 5

New Office for the New Year

From your friends at


The Law Office of Clark Trainor, Esq. would like to wish you a glorious, rewarding and productive new year. This time means a chance at a new beginning.

We have moved our offices to a new location. Please note our updated address and local phone number below :

Law Office of Clark Trainor, Esq.

2945 Townsgate Rd., Suite 200

Westlake Village, CA 91361



Ph: 800-321-0627

Ph: 805-261-1393

Fax: 240-282-7231

Member of the Florida Bar.  Practice Limited to Federal Immigration Law.  Permitted by Federal Regulations at 8 CFR s.292.1(a)(1) to represent clients in Immigration and Naturalization Law matters in all 50 States and world-wide. 

January 3

In Case You Missed It: USCIS Will Allow Grace Period for New Form Versions

On December 23, 2016, USCIS posted to its website a large number of new form versions with effective dates of December 23, 2016, and indicated that no other versions of the forms would be accepted. After considerable pressure from AILA and other stakeholders, USCIS announced on December 29, 2016, that it will accept prior versions of forms that were revised on December 23, 2016, until February 21, 2017. The only exception to this grace period is the Form N-400, as USCIS announced the version change to that form on December 13, 2016. Please note that regardless of the form edition submitted, applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include the new fees, or USCIS will reject the submission.

January 3

AAO Revises National Interest Waiver Standard

On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a precedent decision vacating Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp. (NYSDOT) and revising the analytical framework for assessing eligibility for national interest waivers under INA §203(b)(2)(B)(i). Under the new framework, USCIS may grant a national interest waiver if the petitioner demonstrates: (1) that the foreign national’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance; (2) that he or she is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor; and (3) that, on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirement of a job offer and thus of a labor certification.

January 3

USCIS Provides Updated Processing Time Reports

USCIS released updated processing time reports dated December 29, 2016, with processing dates as of October 31, 2016, for the California Service Center (CSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC), the Texas Service Center (TSC), the Vermont Service Center (VSC), the Potomac Service Center (YSC), the National Benefits Center (NBC), and the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program.