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USCIS Updates Policy Guidance on Mobile Biometrics Services

March 7, 2023 - 09:38
We are issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address how we provide mobile biometrics services.

USCIS Announces Premium Processing; New Online-Filing Procedures for Certain F-1 Students Seeking OPT or STEM OPT Extensions

March 6, 2023 - 11:49
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today the expansion of premium processing for certain F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 students seeking science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT extensions who have a pending Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and wish to request a premium processing upgrade.

USCIS Issues Clarifying Guidance on Eligibility for the O-1B Visa Classification

March 3, 2023 - 10:36
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance clarifying how it evaluates evidence to determine eligibility for O-1B nonimmigrants of extraordinary ability in the arts and nonimmigrants of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Second Half of FY 2023 and Announces Filing Dates for the Second Half of FY 2023 Supplemental Visas

March 2, 2023 - 09:25
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough petitions to meet the H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2023 and is announcing the filing dates for supplemental H-2B visas for the reminder of FY 2023 made available under the FY 2023 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule.

USCIS to Start Collecting Fee for EB-5 Integrity Fund

March 1, 2023 - 09:31
Today, the Department of Homeland Security posted a Federal Register notice providing information related to the EB-5 Integrity Fund.

USCIS Issues Clarifying Guidance for Individuals Authorized to Work Under Special Student Relief Provisions

February 22, 2023 - 09:37
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the validity period of employment authorization for F-1 nonimmigrant students experiencing severe economic hardship due to emergent circumstances (also known as special student relief (SSR)) who are work authorized under the SSR provisions of 8 CFR.

USCIS Updates Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Age Calculation for Certain Adjustment of Status Applicants

February 14, 2023 - 13:32
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to update when an immigrant visa number “becomes available” for the purpose of calculating a noncitizen’s age in certain situations under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).

Reminder to Submit All Required Initial Evidence and Supporting Documentation, including Form I-693, for Form I-485

February 10, 2023 - 13:30
Save time by filing all required initial evidence and supporting documentation listed under the “Checklist of Required Initial Evidence” heading at the same time you file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Update to Filing Location for Form I-360 and Form I-485 for Self-Petitioning Abused Spouses, Children, and Parents

February 8, 2023 - 13:03
Starting February 10, 2023, self-petitioning abused spouses, children, and parents must file Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, at the Nebraska Service Center instead of the Vermont Service Center.

USCIS Clarifies Physical Presence Guidance for Asylees and Refugees Applying for Adjustment of Status

February 2, 2023 - 13:17
Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that both asylees and refugees must have been physically present in the United States for one year when we adjudicate their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, rather than at the time they file their adjustment of status application.

Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for the First Half of FY 2023

January 31, 2023 - 15:07
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 18,216 H-2B visas made available for returning workers for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2023 with start dates on or before March 31, 2023, under the recently announced H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule.

USCIS Redesigns Green Card and Employment Authorization Document

January 30, 2023 - 11:41
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today new designs to improve security of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). USCIS will begin issuing the redesigned cards on Jan. 30, 2023.

FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

January 27, 2023 - 13:56
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023.

USCIS Releases New Strategic Plan Highlighting Long-Term Goals

January 27, 2023 - 09:56
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today released its FY 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, which provides a roadmap for the agency’s workforce to better strengthen its capabilities and help the country reach its highest ideals.

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

January 25, 2023 - 10:02
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today posted a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti.

USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities

January 24, 2023 - 10:39
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through March 23, 2023.

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with a Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829

January 23, 2023 - 13:14
USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date.

Asylum Applicants Can Now File Form I-765 Online

January 23, 2023 - 10:38
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that certain asylum applicants can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online.

DHS Announces Process Enhancements for Supporting Labor Enforcement Investigations

January 13, 2023 - 11:48
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that noncitizen workers who are victims of, or witnesses to, the violation of labor rights, can now access a streamlined and expedite deferred action request process.

USCIS Announces Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions and Future Expansion for F-1 Students Seeking OPT and Certain Student and Exchange Visitors

January 12, 2023 - 16:07
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing the final phase of the premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications.

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