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USCIS Extends and Expands Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processing for Afghan Nationals

November 22, 2022 - 13:03
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it is extending and expanding previously announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals.

Certain Afghan and Ukrainian Parolees Are Employment Authorized Incident to Parole

November 21, 2022 - 15:13
Congress has recently passed laws relating to certain Afghan and Ukrainian parolees that have included language providing that parolees covered by the legislation “…shall be eligible for resettlement assistance, entitlement programs, and other benefits available to refugees admitted under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157)....” Under DHS regulations, refugees are authorized employment incident to status, and under current USCIS policy and practice, refugees are not charged a fee by USCIS for their initial Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Recommendations for Paper Filings to Avoid Scanning Delays

November 16, 2022 - 11:18
As we move toward an increasing electronic environment, we now scan and upload many documents into electronic database systems.

Tools Outage

November 15, 2022 - 10:41
USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:50 p.m. through Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.

DHS Continues Temporary Protected Status and Related Documentation for Certain Beneficiaries of TPS

November 14, 2022 - 10:36
On Nov. 10, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a Federal Register Notice announcing the continuation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and certain related documents for beneficiaries under the TPS designations that remain subject to the court orders in the Ramos et al. v. Nielsen and Bhattarai et al. v. Nielsen et al. lawsuits.

USCIS Hosts Special Naturalization Ceremonies in Honor of Veterans Day

November 10, 2022 - 09:47
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host several Veterans Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country, welcoming veterans, service members, and military spouses as America’s newest citizens.

USCIS Announces Online Filing for Affirmative Asylum Applications

November 9, 2022 - 12:15
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, is available to file online for certain affirmative asylum applicants. USCIS continues to accept the latest paper version of this form by mail.

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

November 9, 2022 - 10:34
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.

DHS Begins Limited Implementation of DACA under Final Rule

November 3, 2022 - 15:43
On Monday, October 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s final rule to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went into effect.

New Processing Time Method for Orphan and Hague Applications and Petitions

November 2, 2022 - 09:49
Starting in mid-November, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will change how we calculate processing times for orphan and Hague cases.

ACICS Loss of Recognition May Affect Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs, H-1B, and I-140 Applicants

November 1, 2022 - 11:43
On Aug. 19, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency.

USCIS Will Only Consider CW-1 Petitions Approved and with Starting Validity on or after June 18, 2020, when Applying the Temporary Departure Requirement

October 27, 2022 - 12:00
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is clarifying its Aug. 25, 2020, policy on implementing the requirement that workers leave the United States for at least 30 days after two renewals of their CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visa classification.

USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities

October 24, 2022 - 09:51
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through Jan. 24, 2023, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors.

DHS Designates Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

October 21, 2022 - 12:59
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

USCIS Form and Policy Updates Remove Barriers to Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities

October 19, 2022 - 09:19
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced updated policy guidance to clarify and conform with the revision of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.

Filing Guidance for CW-1 Petitions Seeking to Extend Status

October 18, 2022 - 14:27
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will consider certain CW-1 petitions seeking an extension of status for temporary workers present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to be filed on time, even if USCIS receives them after the worker’s current period of CW-1 petition validity expires.

USCIS Implements New Process for Venezuelans

October 18, 2022 - 10:59
On Oct. 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new process for Venezuelans.

DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Nearly 65,000 Additional Visas for Fiscal Year 2023

October 12, 2022 - 17:19
Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), announced that it will be issuing a regulation that will make available to employers an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023, on top of the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally available each fiscal year.