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USCIS Opens Application Period for New Status for Long-Term Residents of CNMI
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the application period for those seeking the new Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status will open on February 19, 2020. 
USCIS Accepting Petitions Under the CNMI Disaster Recovery Workforce Act
USCIS is accepting CW-1 petitions filed under the Disaster Recovery Act.
Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Pre-Paid Mailer Suspension
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will not use pre-paid mailers to send out any communication or final notices for fiscal year 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those requesting consideration under the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS Supports Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Feb. 6 is designated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus
USCIS is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak on agency operations.
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): 
USCIS Updates Process for Accepting Petitions for Relatives Abroad
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, as part of the adjustment of its international footprint to increase efficiencies, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, will only be processed domestically by USCIS or internationally by the Department of State in certain circumstances beginning Feb 1, 2020.  
USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court (as of Jan. 30, 2020).
USCIS Issues Updates to Biometrics Collection Guidance
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updates to its Policy Manual that address mobile biometrics services and fingerprint waivers.
Tools Outage
USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, January 29th at 11:59 p.m. until Thursday, January 30th at 3:00 a.m. (EST).
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