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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2020.
USCIS Clarifies Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization
USCIS today announced an update to the USCIS Policy Manual to align USCIS practice with congressional intent and existing regulations by clarifying requirements surrounding naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States.
DHS Implements Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. Under the final rule, DHS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien’s age, health, family status, assets, resources, and financial status, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. The rule now applies nationwide, including in Illinois.
DHS to Implement Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule Nationwide
USCIS will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) on Feb. 24, 2020 nationwide, including in Illinois, following another judicial victory lifting the injunction in that state.
USCIS Announces H-1B Registration Account Creation
On Dec. 6, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that we would implement the electronic registration process for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap.
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.
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):