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Tools Outage
USCIS will conduct a widespread system maintenance on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 9 p.m. until 12 a.m.(Eastern).
USCIS is Ending Forms Request Line
Starting June 1, we are ending the Forms Request Line service that allows you to order forms by phone.
Israeli Nationals Eligible for Treaty Investor Visas
Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States will soon be able to request a change of status to the E-2 treaty investor classification
USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Clarifying How Federal Controlled Substances Law Applies to Naturalization Determinations
USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, even where that conduct would not be an offense under state law.
USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 and Reaches the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap
On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020.
USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020.
USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub
USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers.
Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20
On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
CW-1 Filings for Fiscal Year 2020 Must be Accompanied by an Approved Temporary Labor Certification
USCIS will begin accepting petitions for employment with start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 under the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker program (the CW-1 program) on April 4, 2019.
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions.
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