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Reminder: Certain Updated Forms Take Effect on April 1 with No Grace Period

March 1, 2024 - 13:04
With the new fee rule that goes into effect April 1, 2024, you must use the new 04/01/24 editions

FY 2025 H-1B Registration Period and myUSCIS Organizational Account Reminders

February 28, 2024 - 13:22
On Feb. 28, 2024, we launched new myUSCIS organizational accounts that will allow multiple people within an organization, as well as their legal representatives, to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations, H-1B petitions, and any associated Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. A new organizational account is required to participate in the H-1B Electronic Registration Process starting in March 2024. 

Eligible Ukrainians Can Now Apply for Re-Parole

February 27, 2024 - 13:52
Beginning Feb. 27, 2024, eligible Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are physically present in the United States can now be considered for re-parole so they can continue to temporarily remain in the United States.

Reminder: Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees Takes Effect Today

February 26, 2024 - 11:00
As previously announced, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new inflation-adjusted premium processing fees take effect today, increasing the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. USCIS published a final rule announcing the change on Dec. 28, 2023.

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

February 9, 2024 - 13:24
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.

Tools Outage

February 2, 2024 - 10:41
USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 at 11:50 p.m. through Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.

USCIS Announces Strengthened Integrity Measures for H-1B Program

January 30, 2024 - 17:26
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

January 30, 2024 - 16:48
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

January 26, 2024 - 16:21
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

January 26, 2024 - 09:32
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

January 24, 2024 - 09:36
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

January 12, 2024 - 13:38
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

January 12, 2024 - 10:33
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

January 5, 2024 - 09:29
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.