USCIS Awards FY 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants
Certain nonimmigrants temporarily in the U.S. may file online to extend or change their status
Buy American and Hire American: Putting American Workers First and Protecting the Interests of U.S. Workers
We updated Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing receipt of a means-tested benefit to establish eligibility. Individuals may still request a fee waiver if their documented annual household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or they demonstrate financial hardship. The new policy is effective on Dec. 2.
On Sept. 26, we awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 41 organizations across 24 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. We awarded the grants through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services funding opportunity, which supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs.
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On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering our immigration laws. It also directs DHS, in coordination with other agencies, to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.
USCIS is working on a combination of rulemaking, policy memoranda, and operational changes to implement the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. We are creating and carrying out these initiatives to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and prevent fraud and abuse within the immigration system.
USCIS today issued policy guidance (PDF, 382 KB) explaining how USCIS applies Matter of Stockwell and clarifying when USCIS may adjust the status of an alien whose Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status has been terminated.
“USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island” tells the story of Ellis Island through the perspective of those who worked there and highlights the historical connections between our mission and this iconic historic site. Watch the trailer or view the full video on our Youtube channel.