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USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Visas

May 22, 2024 - 09:22
Effective May 22, 2024, we are updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on family-based immigrant visa petitions (including Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and, in limited situations, family-based Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant), including explaining how we handle correcting approval notice errors, requests for consular processing or adjustment of status on the beneficiary’s behalf, and routing procedures for approved petitions.

USCIS Announces New FY 2024 Funding Opportunity Under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

May 15, 2024 - 10:09
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the opening of the application period for the Citizenship and Integration Training Academy (CITA), a new funding opportunity under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program.

USCIS Opens Additional San Francisco Asylum Office Location

May 13, 2024 - 14:37
USCIS’ San Francisco Asylum Office is opening an additional temporary location in Oakland, California. Effective May 15, 2024, asylum applicants under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Asylum Office may receive an interview notice to appear at the asylum office located in Oakland instead of San Francisco.

USCIS Clarifies Policy on Location of H-3 Training

May 8, 2024 - 09:06
We have issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying when H-3 nonimmigrants may participate in training provided on the property of an academic or vocational institution.

Centralized Intake Processing of VAWA Self-Petitions and Related Filings at the Nebraska Service Center

May 7, 2024 - 14:11
Effective April 1, 2024, we centralized the intake process of Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, and related filings under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for self-petitioning abused spouses, children, and parents at the Nebraska Service Center.

USCIS Celebrates Its Employees During Public Service Recognition Week

May 6, 2024 - 10:12
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is honoring its dedicated workforce during Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) 2024. Celebrated annually during the first full week in May since 1985, PSRW is a time set aside to honor those who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees.   

USCIS Reminds Certain Employment-Based Petitioners to Submit the Correct Required Fees

April 29, 2024 - 15:36
We are updating our Frequently Asked Questions on the USCIS Fee Rule to help certain employment-based petitioners understand how to submit the correct required fees.

USCIS Strengthens T Nonimmigrant Visa Program and Protections for Trafficking Victims

April 29, 2024 - 13:03
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule to strengthen the integrity of the T nonimmigrant status (T visa) and ensure eligible victims of human trafficking can access protections and stabilizing benefits on a timely manner.

USCIS Announces Open Application Period for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

April 24, 2024 - 13:42
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the application period for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which provides funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

USCIS to Open International Field Offices in Qatar and Turkey

April 23, 2024 - 10:54
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the upcoming opening of international field offices in Doha, Qatar, and Ankara, Turkey, to increase capacity for refugee processing, strengthen strategic partnerships, and facilitate interagency cooperation.

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

April 18, 2024 - 13:10
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 19,000 H-2B visas made available for returning workers for the early second half of fiscal year (FY) 2024 with start dates from April 1 to May 14, 2024, under the H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule (FY 2024 TFR).

USCIS Announces Employment Authorization Procedures for Palestinians Covered by Deferred Enforced Departure

April 12, 2024 - 11:41
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today posted a Federal Register notice establishing procedures for Palestinians covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that will be valid through Aug. 13, 2025.

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

April 12, 2024 - 09:44
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension and redesignation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from June 13, 2024, to December 12, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ethiopia that prevent individuals from safely returning.

USCIS Adopts Department of Labor Definition of “Science or Art”

April 10, 2024 - 09:09
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to add the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) definition of “science or art” for Schedule A, Group II cases.

USCIS Announces Information Regarding EB-5 Regional Center Audits

April 9, 2024 - 14:48
Under the new provisions of section 203(b)(5)(E)(vii) added by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA) to the Immigration and Nationality Act, we must audit each designated regional center at least once every five years.

USCIS Announces New Guidance on Form I-693 Validity Period

April 4, 2024 - 13:34
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that any Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, that was properly completed and signed by a civil surgeon on or after Nov. 1, 2023, does not expire and can be used indefinitely as evidence to show that the applicant is not inadmissible on health-related grounds.

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension of Certain Employment Authorization Documents to Improve Access to Work Permits

April 4, 2024 - 10:26
Building on extensive modernization efforts that have streamlined and improved access to work permits for eligible noncitizens, USCIS today announced a temporary final rule (TFR) to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days.

Notice of FY 2025 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Selection Process Completion and Cap Season Reminders

April 1, 2024 - 14:28
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough electronic registrations for unique beneficiaries during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap).

USCIS Provides Third Gender Option on Form N-400

April 1, 2024 - 12:27
We have revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to provide a third gender option, “X,” defined as “Another Gender Identity.” We are also updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual accordingly to account for this form revision and other forthcoming form revisions that will add a third gender option; see the Policy Alert.

USCIS Revises Policy Manual to Align with New Fee Rule

April 1, 2024 - 10:10
We are revising our guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to align with the Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements Final Rule published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31, 2024, and effective on April 1, 2024.

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