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USCIS will conduct a system maintenance starting on Tuesday, October 15th at 11:59 p.m. until Wednesday, October 16th at 3:00 a.m. (EDT.)
H-2A Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination with Form I-129
On Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implemented its new Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system for the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program.
USCIS Highlights Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens
The May 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens emphasizes that certain requirements apply to you if you have sponsored (or will sponsor) an immigrant, or if you have otherwise agreed to make your income and assets available to help sponsor the immigrant...
Filing Guidance for CW-1 Petitions Seeking to Extend Status for Fiscal Year 2020
USCIS will consider certain fiscal year (FY) 2020 CW-1 petitions seeking an extension of status for temporary workers present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to be filed on time, even if USCIS receives them after the worker’s current period of CW-1 petition validity expires.
DHS Proposes Minimal Registration Fee for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS. Because USCIS must expend resources to implement and maintain the H-1B registration system, and because USCIS operations are funded by fees collected for adjudication and naturalization services, DHS is proposing an appropriate, nominal fee for submitting H-1B registrations to recover those costs.
E-Verify launches new video resource page
All E-Verify videos are now located on the new E-Verify video resources page, your one-stop location for important topics you need to know about E-Verify. Watch our videos to learn about the benefits of the program, how to create a case, and employee rights.
USCIS Re-Opens Previously Pending Deferral Requests
We will reopen non-military deferred action cases that were pending on August 7.  Letters will be sent this week re-opening all cases that were pending on August 7.
Changes to Direct Filing Addresses for Certain H-1B Form I-129 Petitions
On Sept. 1, we will change the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
Statement Regarding a Policy Update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship
Today, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement regarding a policy update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship.
USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS has returned all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process. On May 17, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry of all selected H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2020.
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