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Public Charge Inadmissibility Final Rule: Revised Forms and Updated Policy Manual Guidance
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published revised forms consistent with the final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including USCIS, will implement on Feb. 24, 2020. Beginning Feb. 24, 2020, applicants and petitioners must use new editions of the following forms below (except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court): 
Regional Center Program Authorization
At the end of the day on Dec. 21, 2018, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program expired due to a lapse in congressional authorization to continue the program. However, on Jan. 25, 2019, President Trump signed legislation that reauthorized the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Feb. 15, 2019. On Feb. 15, the president signed legislation further extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Sept. 30, 2019.
USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A
We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our website on March 11, 2019. Starting on March 11, 2019, we will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19.
Update on Case Assistance by Service Centers
As part of the agency’s efforts to streamline requests for case assistance, we are discontinuing the use of USCIS service center e-mail boxes for case-specific questions on Jan. 21, 2019.
Lapse in Federal Funding for Certain USCIS Operations
The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’ fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all applicants should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled.
USCIS Grants All Available U Visas for Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has approved the congressionally mandated annual limit of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes committed in the United States who assist law enforcement authorities.
USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2018
As of May 25, 2017, USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the maximum possible numerical limit (the “cap”) of workers who may be issued CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for fiscal year (FY) 2018.
USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.
USCIS Will Implement New Interpreter Policy on May 1, 2017
Scam Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Used in Scam to Obtain Personal Information
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on April 19, 2017, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number.
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