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Tools Outage

Fri, 16 Feb 24 10:41:25 -0500

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 at 11:50 p.m. through Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.

Completing an Unprecedented 10 Million Immigration Cases in Fiscal Year 2023, USCIS Reduced Its Backlog for the First Time in Over a Decade

Fri, 09 Feb 24 13:24:17 -0500

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is releasing end of fiscal year (FY) 2023 data that illustrate the agency’s progress in meeting its strategic priorities. The USCIS workforce has worked tirelessly over the past year to uphold America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility by reducing backlogs, improving customer experience, addressing humanitarian needs, and strengthening employment-based immigration.

USCIS Announces Strengthened Integrity Measures for H-1B Program

Tue, 30 Jan 24 17:26:30 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a final rule to strengthen the integrity of and reduce the potential for fraud in the H-1B registration process, including by reducing the potential for gaming the registration system and ensuring each beneficiary would have the same chance of being selected, regardless of the number of registrations submitted on their behalf.

USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees

Tue, 30 Jan 24 16:48:41 -0500

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016.

USCIS Changes Fee Payment Process for Filing In-Person

Fri, 26 Jan 24 16:21:04 -0500

We are starting a new process for most applicants, petitioners, and requestors, and their attorneys and accredited representatives to pay for certain benefit request forms by mail or remotely instead of in person at a field office.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 26 Jan 24 09:32:42 -0500

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, from April 1, 2024, to September 30, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent individuals from safely returning.

USCIS Updates Guidance on Untimely Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

Wed, 24 Jan 24 09:36:46 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced an update to its Policy Manual providing that USCIS, in our discretion and under certain conditions, may excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner.

Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for the First Half of FY 2024

Fri, 12 Jan 24 13:38:59 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 20,716 H-2B visas made available for returning workers for the first half of fiscal year 2024 with start dates on or before March 31, 2024, under the H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule (FY 2024 TFR).

USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling Online Collaboration and Submission of H-1B Registrations

Fri, 12 Jan 24 10:33:30 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the upcoming launch of a package of customer experience improvements for H-1B cap season. The measures are expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on “Ability to Pay” Requirement When Adjustment of Status Applicants Change Employers

Fri, 05 Jan 24 09:29:41 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance on how we analyze an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage for immigrant petitions in certain first, second, and third preference employment-based immigrant visa classifications, including instances when the sponsored worker is changing employers.

USCIS Announces Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

Wed, 27 Dec 23 09:29:42 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation.

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

Wed, 20 Dec 23 09:36:01 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States.

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 for Pending Form I-140

Wed, 13 Dec 23 14:56:46 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed for a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to appropriate USCIS lockboxes on Dec. 15.

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2024 H-1B Cap

Wed, 13 Dec 23 11:19:06 -0500

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2024.

DHS Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing the Extensions of Re-Registration Periods for Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

Wed, 13 Dec 23 09:51:12 -0500

Consistent with its September announcement, the Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice reiterating the extensions of the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the existing designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

USCIS Updates Guidance and Clarifies Policy on Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residence

Tue, 12 Dec 23 09:27:10 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating guidance on family-based conditional permanent residence in its Policy Manual. The update consolidates and updates guidance on eligibility, filing, and adjudication for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

Tampa Asylum Office Moving to New Location

Mon, 27 Nov 23 12:41:30 -0500

USCIS’ Tampa Asylum Office is moving to a new location.

USCIS Expands myProgress to Form I-485 and Form I-821

Tue, 21 Nov 23 13:15:00 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that we are expanding myProgress (formerly known as personalized processing times) to Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. myProgress will initially only be available for family-based or Afghan special immigrant I-485 applicants.

USCIS Announces Availability of Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2024

Thu, 16 Nov 23 11:56:02 -0500

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary final rule making available an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2024, on top of the statutory cap of 66,000 H-2B visas that are available each fiscal year.

USCIS Establishes Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

Wed, 15 Nov 23 15:09:04 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a Federal Register notice implementing a new family reunification parole (FRP) process for Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s successful combination of expanded lawful pathways and strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration.

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 With Form I-140

Thu, 09 Nov 23 09:43:43 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed with Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to the USCIS lockbox on Nov. 13.

USCIS Updates Guidance for Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions

Wed, 08 Nov 23 12:23:34 -0500

Effective immediately, we are updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual for adjudicating Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions.

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

Wed, 08 Nov 23 09:10:42 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has announced the lists of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the next year.

USCIS Potomac Service Center Will No Longer Accept Paper Responses

Mon, 06 Nov 23 15:39:17 -0500

As of Aug. 21, 2023, the Potomac Service Center (PSC) has begun to move to a new facility in Camp Springs, MD, and can no longer receive paper responses to correspondence such as Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID), Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), Intents to Deny (ITD), Requests for Evidence (RFE) or supporting documentation for filings currently pending at the PSC.

DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Nearly 65,000 Additional Visas for FY 2024

Fri, 03 Nov 23 16:24:16 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), announced that it expects to make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, on top of the congressionally mandated 66,000 H-2B visas that are available each fiscal year.

Certain Renewal Applicants for Employment Authorization to Receive Automatic 180 Day Extension

Fri, 27 Oct 23 15:03:05 -0400

Certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, qualify for an automatic extension of their expiring employment authorization and/or employment authorization documents (EADs) while their renewal application is pending.

Filing Location Change for H-2A, H-2B, CNMI-related Form I-129 Petitions, Form I-129CW Petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 Applications

Fri, 27 Oct 23 08:57:28 -0400

Beginning Nov. 1, 2023, all H-2A, H-2B, CNMI-related Form I-129 petitions, Form I-129CW petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 applications must be filed directly at the Texas Service Center.

USCIS Extends Parole by Two Years for Certain Afghan Nationals Under Age 14

Thu, 26 Oct 23 11:41:49 -0400

USCIS announced today that we will consider two-year extensions of the initial parole period on a case-by-case basis for certain Afghan nationals who:  

USCIS Updates Guidance on EB-5 Regional Center Program

Thu, 26 Oct 23 09:18:59 -0400

We are updating the USCIS Policy Manual with new guidance on the EB-5 Regional Center Program and new content on regional center designation and obligations, project applications, and direct and third-party promoters.

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding the 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for the J Nonimmigrant Classification

Tue, 24 Oct 23 09:29:35 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the 2-year foreign residence requirement for the nonimmigrant exchange visitor (J) classification.

DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize the H-1B Specialty Occupation Worker Program

Fri, 20 Oct 23 15:35:40 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would modernize the H-1B specialty occupation worker program by streamlining eligibility requirements, improving program efficiency, providing greater benefits and flexibilities for employers and workers, and strengthening integrity measures.

USCIS Clarifies Policy on L-1 Petitions

Fri, 20 Oct 23 13:16:58 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying that a sole proprietorship may not file a petition on behalf of its owner because the sole proprietorship does not exist as a distinct legal entity separate and apart from the owner.

DHS Announces Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

Wed, 18 Oct 23 15:50:40 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new family reunification parole process for certain nationals of Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s effective strategy to combine expanded lawful pathways and strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration.

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2024

Fri, 13 Oct 23 16:27:29 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2024.

USCIS Issues New Instructions for Filing Asylum Applications with USCIS After EOIR Dismissal or Termination of Removal Proceedings

Fri, 13 Oct 23 14:01:01 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing new instructions for asylum applications submitted by individuals whose removal proceedings were dismissed or terminated by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

USCIS Launches New Online Change of Address Tool

Thu, 12 Oct 23 12:44:59 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched a new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool to allow customers with pending applications, petitions, or requests to update their address with USCIS more easily.

USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for EB-5 Required Investment Timeframe and Investors Associated with Terminated Regional Centers

Wed, 11 Oct 23 10:26:34 -0400

We are providing additional guidance on our interpretation of changes to the EB-5 program in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) made by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA), specifically the required investment timeframe and how we treat investors who are associated with a terminated regional center.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 06 Oct 23 11:43:53 -0400

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from December 8, 2023, through June 7, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Cameroon that prevent individuals from safely returning.

DHS Previews Federal Register Notice Extending and Separately Redesignating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 29 Sep 23 16:45:28 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security is previewing a Federal Register notice for an 18-month extension of Venezuela’s 2021 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation and a separate redesignation of Venezuela for TPS. The notice explains how to register for TPS under Venezuela’s redesignation and how to re-register for the extension. Applicants for TPS are eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) during the duration of the TPS designation.

USCIS Continues Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processing for Afghan Nationals

Fri, 29 Sep 23 14:24:44 -0400

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is extending and expanding previously announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals.

USCIS Awards $22 Million in FY 2023 Citizenship and Integration Grants

Thu, 28 Sep 23 15:01:38 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today awarded over $22 million in grants to 65 organizations in 29 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization.

USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity Period for Certain Categories

Wed, 27 Sep 23 14:13:04 -0400

We are updating guidance in the Policy Manual to increase the maximum validity period to 5 years for initial and renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for certain noncitizens who are employment authorized incident to status or circumstance, including those admitted as refugees, paroled as refugees, and granted asylum, as well as recipients of withholding of removal.

USCIS Exempts Biometric Services Fee for all Form I-539 Applicants

Mon, 25 Sep 23 12:46:12 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is exempting the biometric services fee for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status

Thu, 21 Sep 23 17:07:44 -0400

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from November 21, 2023, to May 20, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Afghanistan that prevent individuals from safely returning.

Important Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Mon, 18 Sep 23 12:06:28 -0400

On Sept. 13, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a decision finding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Final Rule unlawful and expanding the original July 16, 2021 injunction and order of vacatur to cover the Final Rule.

DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize H-2 Temporary Visa Programs and Strengthen Worker Protections

Mon, 18 Sep 23 10:18:01 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took steps to strengthen protections for temporary workers through the H-2A temporary agricultural and the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker programs (H-2 programs).

USCIS to Celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by Welcoming More Than 6,900 New Citizens

Fri, 15 Sep 23 11:39:19 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming more than 6,900 new citizens in over 130 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 17 and Sept. 22.

USCIS Clarifies Guidance for EB-1 Eligibility Criteria

Tue, 12 Sep 23 09:35:40 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in our Policy Manual to clarify the types of evidence that we may evaluate to determine eligibility for extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) EB-1 immigrant visa classifications.

Affirmative Asylum Applicants Must Provide Interpreters Starting Sept. 13

Mon, 11 Sep 23 14:40:14 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds affirmative asylum applicants that, starting Sept. 13, 2023, you must bring an interpreter to your asylum interview if you are not fluent in English or wish to proceed with your interview in a language other than English.

DHS Extends TPS Re-registration Periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan to 18 Months

Fri, 08 Sep 23 14:39:07 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending from 60 days to 18 months the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. 

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Tools Outage

Fri, 16 Feb 24 10:41:25 -0500

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 at 11:50 p.m. through Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.

Completing an Unprecedented 10 Million Immigration Cases in Fiscal Year 2023, USCIS Reduced Its Backlog for the First Time in Over a Decade

Fri, 09 Feb 24 13:24:17 -0500

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is releasing end of fiscal year (FY) 2023 data that illustrate the agency’s progress in meeting its strategic priorities. The USCIS workforce has worked tirelessly over the past year to uphold America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility by reducing backlogs, improving customer experience, addressing humanitarian needs, and strengthening employment-based immigration.

USCIS Announces Strengthened Integrity Measures for H-1B Program

Tue, 30 Jan 24 17:26:30 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a final rule to strengthen the integrity of and reduce the potential for fraud in the H-1B registration process, including by reducing the potential for gaming the registration system and ensuring each beneficiary would have the same chance of being selected, regardless of the number of registrations submitted on their behalf.

USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees

Tue, 30 Jan 24 16:48:41 -0500

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016.

USCIS Changes Fee Payment Process for Filing In-Person

Fri, 26 Jan 24 16:21:04 -0500

We are starting a new process for most applicants, petitioners, and requestors, and their attorneys and accredited representatives to pay for certain benefit request forms by mail or remotely instead of in person at a field office.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 26 Jan 24 09:32:42 -0500

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, from April 1, 2024, to September 30, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent individuals from safely returning.

USCIS Updates Guidance on Untimely Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

Wed, 24 Jan 24 09:36:46 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced an update to its Policy Manual providing that USCIS, in our discretion and under certain conditions, may excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner.

Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for the First Half of FY 2024

Fri, 12 Jan 24 13:38:59 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 20,716 H-2B visas made available for returning workers for the first half of fiscal year 2024 with start dates on or before March 31, 2024, under the H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule (FY 2024 TFR).

USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling Online Collaboration and Submission of H-1B Registrations

Fri, 12 Jan 24 10:33:30 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the upcoming launch of a package of customer experience improvements for H-1B cap season. The measures are expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on “Ability to Pay” Requirement When Adjustment of Status Applicants Change Employers

Fri, 05 Jan 24 09:29:41 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance on how we analyze an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage for immigrant petitions in certain first, second, and third preference employment-based immigrant visa classifications, including instances when the sponsored worker is changing employers.

USCIS Announces Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

Wed, 27 Dec 23 09:29:42 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation.

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

Wed, 20 Dec 23 09:36:01 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States.

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 for Pending Form I-140

Wed, 13 Dec 23 14:56:46 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed for a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to appropriate USCIS lockboxes on Dec. 15.

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2024 H-1B Cap

Wed, 13 Dec 23 11:19:06 -0500

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2024.

DHS Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing the Extensions of Re-Registration Periods for Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

Wed, 13 Dec 23 09:51:12 -0500

Consistent with its September announcement, the Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice reiterating the extensions of the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the existing designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

USCIS Updates Guidance and Clarifies Policy on Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residence

Tue, 12 Dec 23 09:27:10 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating guidance on family-based conditional permanent residence in its Policy Manual. The update consolidates and updates guidance on eligibility, filing, and adjudication for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

Tampa Asylum Office Moving to New Location

Mon, 27 Nov 23 12:41:30 -0500

USCIS’ Tampa Asylum Office is moving to a new location.

USCIS Expands myProgress to Form I-485 and Form I-821

Tue, 21 Nov 23 13:15:00 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that we are expanding myProgress (formerly known as personalized processing times) to Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. myProgress will initially only be available for family-based or Afghan special immigrant I-485 applicants.

USCIS Announces Availability of Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2024

Thu, 16 Nov 23 11:56:02 -0500

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary final rule making available an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2024, on top of the statutory cap of 66,000 H-2B visas that are available each fiscal year.

USCIS Establishes Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

Wed, 15 Nov 23 15:09:04 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a Federal Register notice implementing a new family reunification parole (FRP) process for Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s successful combination of expanded lawful pathways and strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration.

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 With Form I-140

Thu, 09 Nov 23 09:43:43 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed with Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to the USCIS lockbox on Nov. 13.

USCIS Updates Guidance for Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions

Wed, 08 Nov 23 12:23:34 -0500

Effective immediately, we are updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual for adjudicating Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions.

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

Wed, 08 Nov 23 09:10:42 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has announced the lists of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the next year.

USCIS Potomac Service Center Will No Longer Accept Paper Responses

Mon, 06 Nov 23 15:39:17 -0500

As of Aug. 21, 2023, the Potomac Service Center (PSC) has begun to move to a new facility in Camp Springs, MD, and can no longer receive paper responses to correspondence such as Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID), Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), Intents to Deny (ITD), Requests for Evidence (RFE) or supporting documentation for filings currently pending at the PSC.

DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Nearly 65,000 Additional Visas for FY 2024

Fri, 03 Nov 23 16:24:16 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), announced that it expects to make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, on top of the congressionally mandated 66,000 H-2B visas that are available each fiscal year.

Certain Renewal Applicants for Employment Authorization to Receive Automatic 180 Day Extension

Fri, 27 Oct 23 15:03:05 -0400

Certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, qualify for an automatic extension of their expiring employment authorization and/or employment authorization documents (EADs) while their renewal application is pending.

Filing Location Change for H-2A, H-2B, CNMI-related Form I-129 Petitions, Form I-129CW Petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 Applications

Fri, 27 Oct 23 08:57:28 -0400

Beginning Nov. 1, 2023, all H-2A, H-2B, CNMI-related Form I-129 petitions, Form I-129CW petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 applications must be filed directly at the Texas Service Center.

USCIS Extends Parole by Two Years for Certain Afghan Nationals Under Age 14

Thu, 26 Oct 23 11:41:49 -0400

USCIS announced today that we will consider two-year extensions of the initial parole period on a case-by-case basis for certain Afghan nationals who:  

USCIS Updates Guidance on EB-5 Regional Center Program

Thu, 26 Oct 23 09:18:59 -0400

We are updating the USCIS Policy Manual with new guidance on the EB-5 Regional Center Program and new content on regional center designation and obligations, project applications, and direct and third-party promoters.

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding the 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for the J Nonimmigrant Classification

Tue, 24 Oct 23 09:29:35 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the 2-year foreign residence requirement for the nonimmigrant exchange visitor (J) classification.

DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize the H-1B Specialty Occupation Worker Program

Fri, 20 Oct 23 15:35:40 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would modernize the H-1B specialty occupation worker program by streamlining eligibility requirements, improving program efficiency, providing greater benefits and flexibilities for employers and workers, and strengthening integrity measures.

USCIS Clarifies Policy on L-1 Petitions

Fri, 20 Oct 23 13:16:58 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying that a sole proprietorship may not file a petition on behalf of its owner because the sole proprietorship does not exist as a distinct legal entity separate and apart from the owner.

DHS Announces Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

Wed, 18 Oct 23 15:50:40 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new family reunification parole process for certain nationals of Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s effective strategy to combine expanded lawful pathways and strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration.

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2024

Fri, 13 Oct 23 16:27:29 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2024.

USCIS Issues New Instructions for Filing Asylum Applications with USCIS After EOIR Dismissal or Termination of Removal Proceedings

Fri, 13 Oct 23 14:01:01 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing new instructions for asylum applications submitted by individuals whose removal proceedings were dismissed or terminated by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

USCIS Launches New Online Change of Address Tool

Thu, 12 Oct 23 12:44:59 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched a new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool to allow customers with pending applications, petitions, or requests to update their address with USCIS more easily.

USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for EB-5 Required Investment Timeframe and Investors Associated with Terminated Regional Centers

Wed, 11 Oct 23 10:26:34 -0400

We are providing additional guidance on our interpretation of changes to the EB-5 program in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) made by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA), specifically the required investment timeframe and how we treat investors who are associated with a terminated regional center.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 06 Oct 23 11:43:53 -0400

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from December 8, 2023, through June 7, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Cameroon that prevent individuals from safely returning.

DHS Previews Federal Register Notice Extending and Separately Redesignating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 29 Sep 23 16:45:28 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security is previewing a Federal Register notice for an 18-month extension of Venezuela’s 2021 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation and a separate redesignation of Venezuela for TPS. The notice explains how to register for TPS under Venezuela’s redesignation and how to re-register for the extension. Applicants for TPS are eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) during the duration of the TPS designation.

USCIS Continues Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processing for Afghan Nationals

Fri, 29 Sep 23 14:24:44 -0400

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is extending and expanding previously announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals.

USCIS Awards $22 Million in FY 2023 Citizenship and Integration Grants

Thu, 28 Sep 23 15:01:38 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today awarded over $22 million in grants to 65 organizations in 29 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization.

USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity Period for Certain Categories

Wed, 27 Sep 23 14:13:04 -0400

We are updating guidance in the Policy Manual to increase the maximum validity period to 5 years for initial and renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for certain noncitizens who are employment authorized incident to status or circumstance, including those admitted as refugees, paroled as refugees, and granted asylum, as well as recipients of withholding of removal.

USCIS Exempts Biometric Services Fee for all Form I-539 Applicants

Mon, 25 Sep 23 12:46:12 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is exempting the biometric services fee for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status

Thu, 21 Sep 23 17:07:44 -0400

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from November 21, 2023, to May 20, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Afghanistan that prevent individuals from safely returning.

Important Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Mon, 18 Sep 23 12:06:28 -0400

On Sept. 13, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a decision finding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Final Rule unlawful and expanding the original July 16, 2021 injunction and order of vacatur to cover the Final Rule.

DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize H-2 Temporary Visa Programs and Strengthen Worker Protections

Mon, 18 Sep 23 10:18:01 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took steps to strengthen protections for temporary workers through the H-2A temporary agricultural and the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker programs (H-2 programs).

USCIS to Celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by Welcoming More Than 6,900 New Citizens

Fri, 15 Sep 23 11:39:19 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming more than 6,900 new citizens in over 130 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 17 and Sept. 22.

USCIS Clarifies Guidance for EB-1 Eligibility Criteria

Tue, 12 Sep 23 09:35:40 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in our Policy Manual to clarify the types of evidence that we may evaluate to determine eligibility for extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) EB-1 immigrant visa classifications.

Affirmative Asylum Applicants Must Provide Interpreters Starting Sept. 13

Mon, 11 Sep 23 14:40:14 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds affirmative asylum applicants that, starting Sept. 13, 2023, you must bring an interpreter to your asylum interview if you are not fluent in English or wish to proceed with your interview in a language other than English.

DHS Extends TPS Re-registration Periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan to 18 Months

Fri, 08 Sep 23 14:39:07 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending from 60 days to 18 months the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. 

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Tools Outage

Fri, 16 Feb 24 10:41:25 -0500

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 at 11:50 p.m. through Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.

Completing an Unprecedented 10 Million Immigration Cases in Fiscal Year 2023, USCIS Reduced Its Backlog for the First Time in Over a Decade

Fri, 09 Feb 24 13:24:17 -0500

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is releasing end of fiscal year (FY) 2023 data that illustrate the agency’s progress in meeting its strategic priorities. The USCIS workforce has worked tirelessly over the past year to uphold America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility by reducing backlogs, improving customer experience, addressing humanitarian needs, and strengthening employment-based immigration.

USCIS Announces Strengthened Integrity Measures for H-1B Program

Tue, 30 Jan 24 17:26:30 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a final rule to strengthen the integrity of and reduce the potential for fraud in the H-1B registration process, including by reducing the potential for gaming the registration system and ensuring each beneficiary would have the same chance of being selected, regardless of the number of registrations submitted on their behalf.

USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees

Tue, 30 Jan 24 16:48:41 -0500

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016.

USCIS Changes Fee Payment Process for Filing In-Person

Fri, 26 Jan 24 16:21:04 -0500

We are starting a new process for most applicants, petitioners, and requestors, and their attorneys and accredited representatives to pay for certain benefit request forms by mail or remotely instead of in person at a field office.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 26 Jan 24 09:32:42 -0500

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, from April 1, 2024, to September 30, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent individuals from safely returning.

USCIS Updates Guidance on Untimely Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

Wed, 24 Jan 24 09:36:46 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced an update to its Policy Manual providing that USCIS, in our discretion and under certain conditions, may excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner.

Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for the First Half of FY 2024

Fri, 12 Jan 24 13:38:59 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 20,716 H-2B visas made available for returning workers for the first half of fiscal year 2024 with start dates on or before March 31, 2024, under the H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule (FY 2024 TFR).

USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling Online Collaboration and Submission of H-1B Registrations

Fri, 12 Jan 24 10:33:30 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the upcoming launch of a package of customer experience improvements for H-1B cap season. The measures are expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on “Ability to Pay” Requirement When Adjustment of Status Applicants Change Employers

Fri, 05 Jan 24 09:29:41 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance on how we analyze an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage for immigrant petitions in certain first, second, and third preference employment-based immigrant visa classifications, including instances when the sponsored worker is changing employers.

USCIS Announces Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

Wed, 27 Dec 23 09:29:42 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation.

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

Wed, 20 Dec 23 09:36:01 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States.

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 for Pending Form I-140

Wed, 13 Dec 23 14:56:46 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed for a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to appropriate USCIS lockboxes on Dec. 15.

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2024 H-1B Cap

Wed, 13 Dec 23 11:19:06 -0500

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2024.

DHS Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing the Extensions of Re-Registration Periods for Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

Wed, 13 Dec 23 09:51:12 -0500

Consistent with its September announcement, the Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice reiterating the extensions of the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the existing designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

USCIS Updates Guidance and Clarifies Policy on Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residence

Tue, 12 Dec 23 09:27:10 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating guidance on family-based conditional permanent residence in its Policy Manual. The update consolidates and updates guidance on eligibility, filing, and adjudication for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

Tampa Asylum Office Moving to New Location

Mon, 27 Nov 23 12:41:30 -0500

USCIS’ Tampa Asylum Office is moving to a new location.

USCIS Expands myProgress to Form I-485 and Form I-821

Tue, 21 Nov 23 13:15:00 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that we are expanding myProgress (formerly known as personalized processing times) to Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. myProgress will initially only be available for family-based or Afghan special immigrant I-485 applicants.

USCIS Announces Availability of Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2024

Thu, 16 Nov 23 11:56:02 -0500

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary final rule making available an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2024, on top of the statutory cap of 66,000 H-2B visas that are available each fiscal year.

USCIS Establishes Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

Wed, 15 Nov 23 15:09:04 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a Federal Register notice implementing a new family reunification parole (FRP) process for Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s successful combination of expanded lawful pathways and strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration.

USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-907 With Form I-140

Thu, 09 Nov 23 09:43:43 -0500

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin transitioning the filing location for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, when filed with Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, from the service centers to the USCIS lockbox on Nov. 13.

USCIS Updates Guidance for Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions

Wed, 08 Nov 23 12:23:34 -0500

Effective immediately, we are updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual for adjudicating Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions.

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

Wed, 08 Nov 23 09:10:42 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has announced the lists of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the next year.

USCIS Potomac Service Center Will No Longer Accept Paper Responses

Mon, 06 Nov 23 15:39:17 -0500

As of Aug. 21, 2023, the Potomac Service Center (PSC) has begun to move to a new facility in Camp Springs, MD, and can no longer receive paper responses to correspondence such as Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID), Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), Intents to Deny (ITD), Requests for Evidence (RFE) or supporting documentation for filings currently pending at the PSC.

DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Nearly 65,000 Additional Visas for FY 2024

Fri, 03 Nov 23 16:24:16 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), announced that it expects to make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, on top of the congressionally mandated 66,000 H-2B visas that are available each fiscal year.

Certain Renewal Applicants for Employment Authorization to Receive Automatic 180 Day Extension

Fri, 27 Oct 23 15:03:05 -0400

Certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, qualify for an automatic extension of their expiring employment authorization and/or employment authorization documents (EADs) while their renewal application is pending.

Filing Location Change for H-2A, H-2B, CNMI-related Form I-129 Petitions, Form I-129CW Petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 Applications

Fri, 27 Oct 23 08:57:28 -0400

Beginning Nov. 1, 2023, all H-2A, H-2B, CNMI-related Form I-129 petitions, Form I-129CW petitions, and CNMI-related Form I-539 applications must be filed directly at the Texas Service Center.

USCIS Extends Parole by Two Years for Certain Afghan Nationals Under Age 14

Thu, 26 Oct 23 11:41:49 -0400

USCIS announced today that we will consider two-year extensions of the initial parole period on a case-by-case basis for certain Afghan nationals who:  

USCIS Updates Guidance on EB-5 Regional Center Program

Thu, 26 Oct 23 09:18:59 -0400

We are updating the USCIS Policy Manual with new guidance on the EB-5 Regional Center Program and new content on regional center designation and obligations, project applications, and direct and third-party promoters.

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding the 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for the J Nonimmigrant Classification

Tue, 24 Oct 23 09:29:35 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the 2-year foreign residence requirement for the nonimmigrant exchange visitor (J) classification.

DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize the H-1B Specialty Occupation Worker Program

Fri, 20 Oct 23 15:35:40 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would modernize the H-1B specialty occupation worker program by streamlining eligibility requirements, improving program efficiency, providing greater benefits and flexibilities for employers and workers, and strengthening integrity measures.

USCIS Clarifies Policy on L-1 Petitions

Fri, 20 Oct 23 13:16:58 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying that a sole proprietorship may not file a petition on behalf of its owner because the sole proprietorship does not exist as a distinct legal entity separate and apart from the owner.

DHS Announces Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuador

Wed, 18 Oct 23 15:50:40 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new family reunification parole process for certain nationals of Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s effective strategy to combine expanded lawful pathways and strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration.

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2024

Fri, 13 Oct 23 16:27:29 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2024.

USCIS Issues New Instructions for Filing Asylum Applications with USCIS After EOIR Dismissal or Termination of Removal Proceedings

Fri, 13 Oct 23 14:01:01 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing new instructions for asylum applications submitted by individuals whose removal proceedings were dismissed or terminated by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

USCIS Launches New Online Change of Address Tool

Thu, 12 Oct 23 12:44:59 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched a new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool to allow customers with pending applications, petitions, or requests to update their address with USCIS more easily.

USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for EB-5 Required Investment Timeframe and Investors Associated with Terminated Regional Centers

Wed, 11 Oct 23 10:26:34 -0400

We are providing additional guidance on our interpretation of changes to the EB-5 program in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) made by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA), specifically the required investment timeframe and how we treat investors who are associated with a terminated regional center.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 06 Oct 23 11:43:53 -0400

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from December 8, 2023, through June 7, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Cameroon that prevent individuals from safely returning.

DHS Previews Federal Register Notice Extending and Separately Redesignating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

Fri, 29 Sep 23 16:45:28 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security is previewing a Federal Register notice for an 18-month extension of Venezuela’s 2021 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation and a separate redesignation of Venezuela for TPS. The notice explains how to register for TPS under Venezuela’s redesignation and how to re-register for the extension. Applicants for TPS are eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) during the duration of the TPS designation.

USCIS Continues Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processing for Afghan Nationals

Fri, 29 Sep 23 14:24:44 -0400

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is extending and expanding previously announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals.

USCIS Awards $22 Million in FY 2023 Citizenship and Integration Grants

Thu, 28 Sep 23 15:01:38 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today awarded over $22 million in grants to 65 organizations in 29 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization.

USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity Period for Certain Categories

Wed, 27 Sep 23 14:13:04 -0400

We are updating guidance in the Policy Manual to increase the maximum validity period to 5 years for initial and renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for certain noncitizens who are employment authorized incident to status or circumstance, including those admitted as refugees, paroled as refugees, and granted asylum, as well as recipients of withholding of removal.

USCIS Exempts Biometric Services Fee for all Form I-539 Applicants

Mon, 25 Sep 23 12:46:12 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is exempting the biometric services fee for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status

Thu, 21 Sep 23 17:07:44 -0400

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from November 21, 2023, to May 20, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Afghanistan that prevent individuals from safely returning.

Important Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Mon, 18 Sep 23 12:06:28 -0400

On Sept. 13, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a decision finding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Final Rule unlawful and expanding the original July 16, 2021 injunction and order of vacatur to cover the Final Rule.

DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Modernize H-2 Temporary Visa Programs and Strengthen Worker Protections

Mon, 18 Sep 23 10:18:01 -0400

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took steps to strengthen protections for temporary workers through the H-2A temporary agricultural and the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker programs (H-2 programs).

USCIS to Celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by Welcoming More Than 6,900 New Citizens

Fri, 15 Sep 23 11:39:19 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming more than 6,900 new citizens in over 130 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 17 and Sept. 22.

USCIS Clarifies Guidance for EB-1 Eligibility Criteria

Tue, 12 Sep 23 09:35:40 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in our Policy Manual to clarify the types of evidence that we may evaluate to determine eligibility for extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) EB-1 immigrant visa classifications.

Affirmative Asylum Applicants Must Provide Interpreters Starting Sept. 13

Mon, 11 Sep 23 14:40:14 -0400

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds affirmative asylum applicants that, starting Sept. 13, 2023, you must bring an interpreter to your asylum interview if you are not fluent in English or wish to proceed with your interview in a language other than English.

DHS Extends TPS Re-registration Periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan to 18 Months

Fri, 08 Sep 23 14:39:07 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending from 60 days to 18 months the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. 

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CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: (847) 441-4188
Email: [email protected]
Address
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062
Offices in Northbrook, Johannesburg and Hyderabad.
CONTACT DETAILS

Phone: (847) 441-4188
Email: [email protected]

Address
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062
Offices in Northbrook, Johannesburg and Hyderabad.