News Releases RSS Feed https://www.uscis.gov/ The RSS Feed for the News Releases page en USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-fees-to-help-meet-operational-needs Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services. Fri, 31 Jul 20 09:21:27 -0400 USCIS d4f4f77b-8cc9-47ce-aa04-b2dd18eda1bb Application Period Open for Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Programs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/application-period-open-for-citizenship-and-assimilation-grant-programs U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. Thu, 30 Jul 20 12:19:33 -0400 USCIS 827a75b2-3748-429e-8c20-c12ab80d65b8 USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Hosting Naturalization Ceremonies Across the Country https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-celebrate-independence-day-by-hosting-naturalization-ceremonies-across-the-country USCIS is celebrating the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our great country by hosting naturalization ceremonies across the United States from July 1 through July 7. Wed, 01 Jul 20 08:02:18 -0400 USCIS ecbb8b78-83aa-4b87-81be-50b00b15d5c5 Deputy Director for Policy Statement on USCIS’ Fiscal Outlook https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/deputy-director-for-policy-statement-on-uscis-fiscal-outlook USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow issued a statement on the agency’s fiscal outlook due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thu, 25 Jun 20 08:18:32 -0400 USCIS 307182a7-a796-4952-b5ee-c7094f35b8ce USCIS Rule Strengthens Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylum Seekers https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-rule-strengthens-employment-eligibility-requirements-for-asylum-seekers USCIS today announced a regulatory change to deter aliens from illegally entering the United States and from filing frivolous, fraudulent, or otherwise non-meritorious claims for asylum to obtain an employment authorization document. This rule does not alter asylum eligibility criteria in any way and will be effective on Aug. 25. Mon, 22 Jun 20 07:45:35 -0400 USCIS 0b07b8f4-ad58-4dcb-acba-7e3e57c93723 USCIS Provides Greater Flexibility in Processing Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-provides-greater-flexibility-in-processing-work-authorization-requests-for-asylum-applicants USCIS today announced a regulatory change to provide greater flexibility in the processing of initial employment authorization documents (commonly called EADs) for asylum applicants by removing the burdensome and agency-imposed 30-day time frame. Fri, 19 Jun 20 09:25:58 -0400 USCIS 407d16e9-f8f1-4d4a-8bf1-b94d6a63799b USCIS Statement on Supreme Court’s DACA Decision https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-statement-on-supreme-courts-daca-decision USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: Fri, 19 Jun 20 09:11:32 -0400 USCIS 7e6c24c7-375e-4c27-a930-cfc45053c7cd USCIS Publishes Interim Final Rule Implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-publishes-interim-final-rule-implementing-the-northern-mariana-islands-us-workforce-act-of On May 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will publish an interim final rule (IFR) implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which protects U.S. workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ensures that U.S. workers will not be displaced or encounter a competitive disadvantage for employment compared to non-U.S. workers. Wed, 13 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a173b731-063c-4324-be2a-fd5b71cee5c9 DHS Offers Flexibilities to Increase Food Security, Stabilize U.S. Supply Chain During COVID-19 https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-offers-flexibilities-to-increase-food-security-stabilize-us-supply-chain-during-covid-19 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2B requirements to help support the U.S. food supply chain, maintain essential infrastructure operations and reduce the impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.   Tue, 12 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 5b361a63-dd05-49ca-afaa-625b85e0c35b Military Personnel and Veterans Can Now File Their Form N-400, Naturalization Application, Online https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/military-personnel-and-veterans-can-now-file-their-form-n-400-naturalization-application-online U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online.   Wed, 06 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f787212e-43d8-4570-8ca6-8a6bd65b224e DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-and-usda-move-to-protect-american-farmers-and-ensure-continued-flow-of-americas-food-supply The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Wed, 15 Apr 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 763f6b48-afcf-434a-af90-ea999183e8aa FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1 https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/fy-2021-h-1b-cap-petitions-may-be-filed-as-of-april-1 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. Wed, 01 Apr 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 31850074-a667-43cb-9dce-9d863faaab2a USCIS Launches New Online Form for Reporting Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-launches-new-online-form-for-reporting-fraud U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today launched a new online tip form to help the public provide the agency with information about immigration fraud. The new online form, available on the USCIS public website, prompts the form user for the information that the USCIS’ fraud investigators need to investigate allegations of immigration benefit fraud or abuse. Tue, 03 Mar 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS f65ab2cf-a689-476d-8a16-350f5a8d6e50 DHS Implements Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/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. Mon, 24 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS bb52cacf-c534-47e3-8dda-4af46d252082 DHS to Implement Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule Nationwide https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/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. Sat, 22 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS a815f831-bcca-4adb-9b47-56677deb9f65 USCIS Updates Process for Accepting Petitions for Relatives Abroad https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/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.   Fri, 31 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS f17746a1-8eb0-4770-b43f-2c7a6c68e265 USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-public-charge-rule-implementation-following-supreme-court-stay-of-nationwide 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). Thu, 30 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 56115048-228f-48f1-802f-955f7734c376 USCIS Adjusts Process for Managing EB-5 Visa Petition Inventory https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-process-for-managing-eb-5-visa-petition-inventory U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a process change for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor, from a first-in, first-out basis to a visa availability approach. Wed, 29 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 1f0d9755-050a-4ef0-9537-d5d9275ad59f DHS Obtains Another Judicial Victory on Implementing Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-obtains-another-judicial-victory-on-implementing-public-charge-inadmissibility-rule The U.S. Department of Homeland Security obtained a pivotal judicial victory today after the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a nationwide injunction that prevented the agency from enforcing its regulatory interpretation of section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a long-standing law that makes an alien inadmissible if the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. Mon, 27 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS aeb0e91d-1f31-4653-b186-c3116d324d5e Law School Graduate Who Posed As Licensed Attorney Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/law-school-graduate-who-posed-as-licensed-attorney-pleads-guilty-to-mail-fraud-and-aggravated Roberta A. Guedes (40, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a fraudulent scheme wherein she posed and practiced law as a licensed attorney. Thu, 19 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 752cd792-4b23-4fdb-83bf-fd101b138528 USCIS Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Requirement of Good Moral Character https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-expands-guidance-related-to-naturalization-requirement-of-good-moral-character Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services expanded its policy guidance regarding unlawful acts that may prevent an applicant from meeting the good moral character (GMC) requirement for naturalization. Fri, 13 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 09899401-98dc-419f-b80c-cf2576a96d53 Judicial Victories in Public Charge Cases Give Trump Admin. Confidence for Implementation of Long-standing Law https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/judicial-victories-in-public-charge-cases-give-trump-admin-confidence-for-implementation-of-long U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services obtained judicial victories in decisions issued by the Ninth Circuit last week and the Fourth Circuit Monday to stay the injunctions and respect the legal authority vested in the Administration by the U.S. Congress to enforce longstanding law requiring aliens seeking to come or stay in the United States to be self-sufficient. Tue, 10 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 2857b030-e365-48bc-b307-7073a444e3e5 USCIS Implements Two Decisions from the Attorney General on Good Moral Character Determinations https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-implements-two-decisions-from-the-attorney-general-on-good-moral-character-determinations U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced new policy guidance implementing two decisions from the attorney general regarding how two or more DUI convictions affect good moral character (GMC) requirements and how post-sentencing changes to criminal sentences affect convictions and sentences for immigration purposes. Tue, 10 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 5d30203e-2b91-40e1-89d9-5d9d7c711bd2 USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-implementation-of-h-1b-electronic-registration-process-for-fiscal-year-2021-cap U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it has completed a successful pilot testing phase and is implementing the registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Fri, 06 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 96cb57b9-4684-4c54-99ca-aa31be8ab24b USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2020 https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-reaches-h-2b-cap-for-first-half-of-fy-2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2020. Wed, 20 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS fd5829e4-6bef-419e-ad99-f2d37b3b7d37 USCIS Releases Report on Arrest Histories of Illegal Aliens who Request DACA   https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-releases-report-on-arrest-histories-of-illegal-aliens-who-request-daca USCIS updated data on arrests and apprehensions of illegal aliens who requested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   Sat, 16 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 6df6cd43-2a35-457f-a016-a422e72ac3a8 USCIS to Deter Frivolous or Fraudulent Asylum Seekers from Obtaining Work Authorizations https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-deter-frivolous-or-fraudulent-asylum-seekers-from-obtaining-work-authorizations U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a proposed rule to deter aliens from illegally entering the United States and from filing frivolous, fraudulent or otherwise non-meritorious asylum applications in order to obtain employment authorization. Wed, 13 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 038e1a7e-87ff-4767-9ebe-28e7f082fae3 USCIS Proposes to Adjust Fees to Meet Operational Needs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-to-adjust-fees-to-meet-operational-needs The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to adjust the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Examinations Fee Account fee schedule. Fri, 08 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 316214ab-11e3-4e3f-9e67-f9c6b1e8e059 USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-implements-10-fee-for-h-1b-visa-registration U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system. Thu, 07 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 5a51cc2f-377f-486e-8c75-65df2d4988ae USCIS Assists in Case Where Federal Grand Jury Indicts Lawyer and Accountant in Visa Fraud Scheme to Obtain LPR Status for South Korean Nationals https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-assists-in-case-where-federal-grand-jury-indicts-lawyer-and-accountant-in-visa-fraud-scheme-to A federal grand jury has indicted two men in a scheme to obtain lawful permanent resident status for South Korean nationals by submitting fraudulent visa applications that falsely claimed American businesses wanted to hire skilled foreign workers. Wed, 06 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS ca59df3d-d33c-4e3e-b412-4f8415921efc Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting False Statements in Connection with a Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/wilmington-woman-pleads-guilty-to-aiding-and-abetting-false-statements-in-connection-with-a Marlilyn Godshall of Wilmington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting fraudulent statements.  United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr. sentenced Godshall to 12 months of probation. Tue, 05 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 417bb284-4861-4cee-a15c-838d7c1aa388 Tampa Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Immigration Fraud Scheme Stretching from Tampa to Chicago https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/tampa-woman-pleads-guilty-to-charges-related-to-immigration-fraud-scheme-stretching-from-tampa-to Erika Paola Intriago pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a fraud scheme involving her posing as an immigration attorney to victims in Chicago and Tampa. Fri, 01 Nov 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 47d4cd1e-c581-4f7b-b612-83296542fb81 Armenian Citizen Pleads Guilty for His Role in For-Profit U.S. Visa Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/armenian-citizen-pleads-guilty-for-his-role-in-for-profit-us-visa-fraud-scheme A man residing in Glendale, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully bring in aliens and visa fraud for his role in a multi-year visa fraud scheme that brought Armenian citizens into the United States for profit. Fri, 01 Nov 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 093d01e0-7780-4e92-8f6a-a00b3df84b45 USCIS Makes Another Form Available for Online Filing https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-makes-another-form-available-for-online-filing Petitioners can now complete and file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, online. Wed, 30 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d9ff1dd1-a8fb-42cd-bcd6-ac95ea1dab1e USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusting-premium-processing-fee Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced beginning on Dec. 2, it is adjusting the fee to request premium processing for certain employment-based petitions. Wed, 30 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 965262fe-f4a6-4967-8cbb-a15815450578 USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-fee-waiver-requirements U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing the means-tested benefit criteria that was previously used as a factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for filing fees or biometric services. Individuals may still request a fee waiver if their documented annual household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or they demonstrate financial hardship. Fri, 25 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 813ce6a2-f726-47fd-8117-84e4cda14ae2 Cuccinelli Announces USCIS’ FY 2019 Accomplishments and Efforts to Implement President Trump’s Goals https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/cuccinelli-announces-uscis-fy-2019-accomplishments-and-efforts-to-implement-president-trumps-goals U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today released preliminary fiscal year 2019 agency statistics, accomplishments and efforts to implement President Trump’s agenda. Wed, 16 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 765a2a97-de6d-44ae-9fcb-4fc74c47ba44 USCIS Clarifies Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification to Better Ensure Victims of Abuse, Neglect and Abandonment Receive Protection https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-clarifies-special-immigrant-juvenile-classification-to-better-ensure-victims-of-abuse-neglect WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today clarified requirements regarding the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification.  Tue, 15 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS bf69518d-27ce-4b35-bae5-27387df398d1 San Fernando Valley Man Admits Guilt in English Proficiency Exam Scheme for Chinese Nationals Seeking Student Visas https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/san-fernando-valley-man-admits-guilt-in-english-proficiency-exam-scheme-for-chinese-nationals A Woodland Hills man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges in connection with a scheme where Chinese nationals fraudulently obtained student visas by hiring people with fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test on their behalf. Fri, 04 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS b1992a19-c4cd-42f9-8a7a-fcf7b3b8b645 USCIS Announces New Locations for Onsite Overseas Military Naturalization Services https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-new-locations-for-onsite-overseas-military-naturalization-services Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will provide military naturalization services at four overseas military bases, due to the agency’s shifting international footprint and office closures overseas. Mon, 30 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 5516ae56-5913-43a7-8a5a-7fb5b6d45990 Refugee Admissions Part of Overall Humanitarian Relief Efforts says USCIS Acting Director Cuccinelli https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/refugee-admissions-part-of-overall-humanitarian-relief-efforts-says-uscis-acting-director-cuccinelli U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s proposed refugee ceiling for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Thu, 26 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 111affc1-e6d4-447e-91b2-9e662d522803 USCIS Awards FY 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-awards-fy-2019-citizenship-and-assimilation-grants Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 41 organizations in 24 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. Thu, 26 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS c83b36fd-2508-4b24-9717-177503c1beef Re-Registration Period Now Open for Individuals with TPS under Syria’s Designation https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/re-registration-period-now-open-for-individuals-with-tps-under-syrias-designation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through March 31, 2021, must re-register between Sept. 23 and Nov. 22, 2019. Mon, 23 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 172cdd28-1187-493c-ada7-fc5585f272ab Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Week) 2019 with Naturalization Ceremonies https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/celebrating-constitution-day-and-citizenship-day-constitution-week-2019-with-naturalization On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day as part of Constitution Week. Fri, 13 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS fb0abade-5fa8-4405-8a7d-5891c4c2a4a6 USCIS to Welcome More Than 34,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-welcome-more-than-34000-new-citizens-in-celebration-of-constitution-day-and-citizenship-day USCIS announced today that it will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens during 316 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 13 and 23. Fri, 13 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS eca28505-3cd0-4fda-b822-0e76b0d44b18 Cuccinelli Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Enforcement of the Asylum Rule https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/cuccinelli-statement-on-supreme-courts-decision-allowing-enforcement-of-the-asylum-rule U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to permit the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s asylum rule requiring asylum seekers to seek protection in at least one third country they traveled through en route to the United States. Wed, 11 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS e38764d6-2303-4b6f-aa6d-42a923c04036 USCIS Proposes More Effective and Efficient Processing of Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-more-effective-and-efficient-processing-of-work-authorization-requests-for-asylum Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed regulation to improve the process for granting or denying an initial application for employment authorization documents (EADs) by reforming the current 30-day timeline pertaining to pending asylum applicants. Fri, 06 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 509d4c15-6f30-40af-8b09-173f91a4c83a USCIS Policy Manual Update https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-policy-manual-update Our latest update to the USCIS Policy Manual defines “residence” as it relates to citizenship for children of certain U.S. government employees and members of the U.S. armed forces who are employed or stationed outside the United States, to conform with the definition of residence in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Wed, 28 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4f6a453c-bc34-457e-87c0-37ab4bcccef3 USCIS Helps Detect Marriage Fraud Ring https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-helps-detect-marriage-fraud-ring John H. Durham, United States attorney for the District of  Connecticut; the acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston; and a supervisory immigration officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), announced that Jodian Stephenson, also known as “Jodian Gordon,” 35, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty on Aug. 19, in New Haven federal court to a conspiracy charge stemming from her arrangement of numerous fraudulent marriages so that non-U.S. citizens would receive U.S. immigration benefits. Tue, 20 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 467113f1-830c-4cd5-b5f5-eb9deed4b882 USCIS Issues Guidance on Discretionary Employment Authorization for Parolees https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-issues-guidance-on-discretionary-employment-authorization-for-parolees U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address its discretion to grant employment authorization to foreign nationals who are paroled into the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible. Mon, 19 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d097ce98-d574-4aba-8f2a-dfbf64673eff USCIS Announces Final Rule Enforcing Long-Standing Public Charge Inadmissibility Law https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-final-rule-enforcing-long-standing-public-charge-inadmissibility-law Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that clearly defines long-standing law to better ensure that aliens seeking to enter and remain in the United States — either temporarily or permanently — are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations rather than on public resources. Mon, 12 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS dc126381-59e1-4de2-89e0-adfc20484e26 USCIS Will Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-will-adjust-international-footprint-to-seven-locations U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India. Fri, 09 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d9ee8434-7bac-4798-ba5a-25d015ce28f2 USCIS Assists in Conviction of Visa Fraud Perpetrator https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-assists-in-conviction-of-visa-fraud-perpetrator A federal jury convicted Abhijit Prasad, 52, of Tracy, California, on 21 counts of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft today. Tue, 06 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS c0e85342-b6b3-409c-99a1-3eb7e647fe16 USCIS Detects and Assists in Conviction of U-Visa Fraud Perpetrators https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-detects-and-assists-in-conviction-of-u-visa-fraud-perpetrators A jury convicted two residents of South Carolina individuals of conspiracy to defraud the United States by attempting to fraudulently acquire “U-Visas” for three foreign nationals. Miguel Bautista-Manuel, age 41, of Mexico, and Travis Lee Nixon, age 29, of Greenville, were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud the United States. Fri, 02 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d94959c6-bce1-4b33-b86f-601ac1861faf USCIS to End Certain Categorical Parole Programs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-end-certain-categorical-parole-programs U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced its intention to terminate two categorical parole programs, consistent with Executive Order (E.O.) 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and to better ensure that parole is used only on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the law. Fri, 02 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 7a791f37-883b-4329-b181-f0a112037936 USCIS Releases U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide to Better Support Certifying Agencies to Protect Victims of Crimes https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-releases-u-visa-law-enforcement-resource-guide-to-better-support-certifying-agencies-to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide to provide law enforcement and other certifying agencies with helpful information and best practices for the U visa certification process. Wed, 31 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3973d04e-e587-4f23-befc-4f709d5de571 USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-citizenship-and-assimilation-grant-opportunities U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Tue, 30 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3ba562d8-0c06-495d-85a4-a790151b9c01 Asylum and Internal Relocation Guidance https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/asylum-and-internal-relocation-guidance A message sent by the acting director to USCIS asylum officers regarding asylum and internal relocation guidance. Fri, 26 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 79e697d8-0081-430a-9d1a-9930b0ea8914 New Rulemaking Brings Significant Changes to EB-5 Program https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/new-rulemaking-brings-significant-changes-to-eb-5-program U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a final rule on July 24 that makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, marking the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The final rule will become effective on Nov. 21, 2019. Tue, 23 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS c64d379b-ac9f-41c8-aecb-b69f4792a543 USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-plan-to-improve-the-naturalization-test U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising the current naturalization test with improvements to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant’s civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments. Fri, 19 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 388505a4-b253-48e1-9819-f4af97165c99 Executives of Staffing Companies Charged with Visa Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/executives-of-staffing-companies-charged-with-visa-fraud Four executives of two information technology staffing companies have been arrested on charges of fraudulently using the H-1B visa program to gain an unfair advantage over competitors, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced yesterday. Tue, 02 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS e2150103-f78c-45ea-8e54-a4d8036fe033 Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony on the USS Constitution https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/independence-day-naturalization-ceremony-on-the-uss-constitution Speech by USCIS Deputy Director Mark Koumans Tue, 02 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 8cd79e45-67e5-4fe7-a5d9-c96630b30d6c Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/independence-day-naturalization-ceremony-at-the-911-memorial-and-museum Speech by USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli II (as prepared): Tue, 02 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 74880d94-c241-45a0-98e6-94085e6f2c13 USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Welcoming Nearly 7,500 New Citizens https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-celebrate-independence-day-by-welcoming-nearly-7500-new-citizens This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country by welcoming almost 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies between July 1 and July 5. Our naturalization ceremonies will be held in venues across the country, and include several notable ceremonies. Tue, 02 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 19792ad2-1b35-4b40-a9be-0267327ffb98 USCIS Acting Director Cuccinelli Response to Amicus Brief Filed by AFGE Local 1924 Leadership https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-acting-director-cuccinelli-response-to-amicus-brief-filed-by-afge-local-1924-leadership Today, USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement blasting the amicus brief filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by AFGE Local 1924 leadership. Thu, 27 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 7bde9c2f-ef21-4873-9f9f-4b1b32c17b8d USCIS Expands FIRST: A Fully Digital FOIA System https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-expands-first-a-fully-digital-foia-system USCIS is announcing the expansion of its digital Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST). Tue, 25 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cf4434a0-4ac1-4b4a-978d-707e8409c347 Naturalization Fact Sheet https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/naturalization-fact-sheet The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 7.4 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. In fiscal year 2018, over 757,000 people were naturalized. Tue, 25 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 189951d3-681f-4830-9119-20826ddd4f68 Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/flag-day-naturalization-ceremony-at-the-smithsonian-national-museum-of-american-history Speech by USCIS Deputy Director Mark Koumans. Fri, 14 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS bbfe3e39-9e82-481e-9660-6e80a7cf2886 Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/presidential-memorandum-on-enforcing-the-legal-responsibilities-of-sponsors-of-aliens On May 23, 2019, the President issued a Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens. Fri, 14 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 11c4e0a1-faee-4033-9037-eeb9e9212843 Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of USCIS https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/cuccinelli-named-acting-director-of-uscis Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan today announced that Kenneth T. (Ken) Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective June 10, 2019. Mon, 10 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 44b61462-75a2-45be-bad9-40c72d7d2257 USCIS Assists in Conviction and Sentencing of Visa Fraud Perpetrator https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-assists-in-conviction-and-sentencing-of-visa-fraud-perpetrator A federal court in Orlando sentenced Marvin Mushia Smith to 10 months’ imprisonment for visa fraud after a multi-year investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Orlando’s Homeland Security Investigation team (HSI) and various other U.S. federal agencies. Tue, 04 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 607d9ab6-2de2-4f6d-9236-43bfc2127b0b USCIS Releases 2018 Statistical Annual Report https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-releases-2018-statistical-annual-report U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today released the Fiscal Year 2018 Statistical Annual Report, which provides statistical information on the most popular and widely-used benefits and programs administered by the agency. Fri, 31 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cc7febe8-51b7-43a4-9c8a-09e6be064352 USCIS Accelerates Transition to Digital Immigration Processing https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-accelerates-transition-to-digital-immigration-processing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a new strategy known as eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’ transition to a digital business model. Wed, 22 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cecd75f1-7457-440a-ad82-ccbd6a87cba1 Five Individuals Involved in Marriage Fraud Scheme Plead Guilty https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/five-individuals-involved-in-marriage-fraud-scheme-plead-guilty John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that five individuals have pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to charges related to their participation in fraudulent marriages so that non-U.S. citizens would receive U.S. immigration benefits. Thu, 16 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 486d5b05-735f-4903-9f66-fbe50d389e61 Hudson County Woman Convicted at Trial of Compelled Labor of Sri Lankan Woman for over Nine Years https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/hudson-county-woman-convicted-at-trial-of-compelled-labor-of-sri-lankan-woman-for-over-nine-years A Hudson County, New Jersey, woman was convicted last week on charges of forced labor, alien harboring for financial gain, and marriage fraud, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey. Tue, 14 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS e9d3b053-9ce5-4d53-b901-d99a8c8549a0 Nearly 100 Charged in Massive Marriage Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/nearly-100-charged-in-massive-marriage-fraud-scheme A total of 50 people are now in custody following the return of a 206-count indictment alleging varying roles in a large-scale marriage fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and District Director Tony Bryson of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Tue, 14 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS bccd699a-94aa-4239-968a-db5c8e509cd9 USCIS Names New Deputy Director https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-names-new-deputy-director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it has selected Mark Koumans as the agency’s next Deputy Director, and he will start his new duties on Monday, May 13. Fri, 10 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS ab4d663c-b4c8-411d-b718-c4d8e798a3d0 Queens Immigration Attorney Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Operating Asylum Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/queens-immigration-attorney-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison-for-operating-asylum-fraud-scheme Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Andreea Dumitru, a/k/a “Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu,” an immigration attorney based in Queens, New York, was sentenced to five years in prison in connection with her operation of a scheme to submit fraudulent asylum applications to United States immigration authorities. Thu, 09 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cbdb0d34-7fb7-492c-89c8-5de4c1b02850 DHS, DOL Publish Joint Rule for Additional Visas for Returning Foreign Workers https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-dol-publish-joint-rule-for-additional-visas-for-returning-foreign-workers The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have published a joint rule making available an additional 30,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Wed, 08 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 30689800-f6ac-4d9f-ae33-f3ab80ffa762 Tampa Woman Indicted for Immigration Fraud Scheme Stretching from Tampa to Chicago https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/tampa-woman-indicted-for-immigration-fraud-scheme-stretching-from-tampa-to-chicago United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Erika Paola Intriago (44, Tampa) with four counts of wire fraud and three counts of wrongfully using government seals. Tue, 23 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS abe8f043-df60-4395-a254-3b6dd45a08c0 USCIS Commemorates Second Anniversary of Buy American and Hire American Executive Order https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-commemorates-second-anniversary-of-buy-american-and-hire-american-executive-order Since President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order in April 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented it through rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes that protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and prevent fraud and abuse in employment-based visa programs. Thu, 18 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 73bad2af-e392-4918-9eca-e4f5c5ba8633 USCIS Strengthens Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-strengthens-guidance-for-spousal-petitions-involving-minors We announced additional guidance regarding the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors, following up on the agency’s February update to its policy. Fri, 12 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 7f853bd1-e815-4288-8dfb-4df437c443aa USCIS Partners with Joint Task Force-West to Stop Transnational Criminal Organizations https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-partners-with-joint-task-force-west-to-stop-transnational-criminal-organizations Since the creation of the Southern Border and Approaches Campaign in December 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been an active partner within Joint Task Force-West (JTF-W) South Texas Corridor, providing assistance in intelligence and investigative efforts involving our immigration laws. Tue, 09 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f28c93ef-b2b9-4f13-aa69-609f89957e2a Mayor of Bacum, Mexico Sentenced for False Statement in Application and Use of a United States Passport https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/mayor-of-bacum-mexico-sentenced-for-false-statement-in-application-and-use-of-a-united-states On April 8, 2019, Rogelio Aboyte Limon, 47, of Bacum, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Raner C. Collins to 15 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Tue, 09 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 060b02b8-776d-4baa-800f-00a3614be27f Re-Registration Period Now Open for Individuals with Temporary Protected Status under South Sudan’s Designation https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/re-registration-period-now-open-for-individuals-with-temporary-protected-status-under-south-sudans U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under South Sudan’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on Nov. 2, 2020, must re-register between April 5, 2019 and June 4, 2019. Fri, 05 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 80fe4132-3447-4f2e-8f98-b5fa5cd43fd3 Hampden Woman Sentenced to Five Years of Probation for Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/hampden-woman-sentenced-to-five-years-of-probation-for-conspiracy-to-commit-marriage-fraud United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Marena Mushero, 28, recently of Hampden, Maine, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Lance E. Walker to five years of probation for conspiring to enter a marriage in order to evade U.S. immigration laws. Thu, 04 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 82cf80cb-13f5-45a5-997c-7fd1c032c155 Consultants From California And Texas Charged With Visa Fraud And Conspiracy https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/consultants-from-california-and-texas-charged-with-visa-fraud-and-conspiracy A federal grand jury indicted Kishore Dattapuram, Kumar Aswapathi, and Santosh Giri, charging the defendants in a visa fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin.  Tue, 02 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 25811d86-d52e-4b1d-8c4b-d88fb0ac393e Owner of Information Technology Companies Sentenced To 15 Months in Prison for Visa Fraud and Tax Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/owner-of-information-technology-companies-sentenced-to-15-months-in-prison-for-visa-fraud-and-tax An owner of two information technology companies was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for his role in using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H-1B visas for foreign workers and submitting false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Fri, 29 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2a178fa3-2c18-4059-b9a5-b7f58ee725a7 Rochester Man Sentenced For Visa Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/rochester-man-sentenced-for-visa-fraud U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced last week that Anjaneyulu Katam, 46, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of visa fraud, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison and fined $5,000 by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. Wed, 27 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 465ff38c-06f6-476d-82e9-693af40ffa4d McKees Rocks Man Sentenced for Role in Marriage Scam https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/mckees-rocks-man-sentenced-for-role-in-marriage-scam A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to one year of probation on his conviction of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit offenses against the United States, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Fri, 22 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3ea32d34-6ae4-4ce8-95af-79fccf78ccaf USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-fy-2020-h-1b-cap-season-start-updates-and-changes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. Tue, 19 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 1a1d8cca-b0b5-4668-8e6b-001d9ec0b152 Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/panama-city-marriage-fraud-conspirators-plead-guilty-and-sentenced Ravi Babu Kolla, 47, an Indian foreign national residing in Panama City, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Fri, 15 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a27b352d-f36a-40b1-937b-18397234f85b 5 Arrested in Scheme that Hired People to Take English Proficiency Exam on Behalf of Chinese Nationals Seeking Student Visas https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/5-arrested-in-scheme-that-hired-people-to-take-english-proficiency-exam-on-behalf-of-chinese Federal authorities this morning arrested five defendants linked to a scheme that helped Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring individuals who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students. Wed, 13 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 43490ed3-6181-41f3-b03e-dc4cf1486189 USCIS Provided Assist Leading to Indictments on Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud and Related Immigration Charges https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-provided-assist-leading-to-indictments-on-conspiracy-to-commit-marriage-fraud-and-related Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an indictment charging Levan Lomtatidze, 44, a citizen of the country of Georgia; Melissa Anne Godshall, 31, a citizen of the United States; and Robert J. Kennerley, 46, a citizen of the United States, with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud, aiding and abetting, visa fraud and false statements in immigration proceedings. Tue, 12 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS ec86aeb4-5f48-4057-8265-747c14a9e190 USCIS Assists in Case Resulting in the Leader of Non-Profit Music Organization Pleading Guilty in Visa Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-assists-in-case-resulting-in-the-leader-of-non-profit-music-organization-pleading-guilty-in Yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn, Stella Boyadjian, the operator of a non-profit organization called Big Apple Music Awards Foundation Inc., based in Rego Park, Queens, New York, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bring aliens unlawfully into the United States, visa fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Wed, 06 Mar 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS b4e81abc-3b61-4430-abaf-67c785fe5950 Worcester Man Charged With Making False Statement in Naturalization Application https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/worcester-man-charged-with-making-false-statement-in-naturalization-application A man residing in Worcester was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with making a false statement on an application for naturalization. Wed, 27 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS e083bd6e-3711-4f44-917a-042a5bc39ee0 USCIS Updates Fee Payment System Used in Field Offices https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-fee-payment-system-used-in-field-offices On Feb. 25, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded the fee payment system used in field offices to 13 additional offices: Tue, 26 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 2a62163d-4243-492d-8b96-5106d8b63074 USCIS Strengthens Guidance on Spousal Petitions Involving Minors https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-strengthens-guidance-on-spousal-petitions-involving-minors U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is publishing guidance for its officers to consider when adjudicating spousal petitions involving minors. Fri, 15 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS c70ab32d-f969-4e5e-9e17-cb777c498f70 Owner of Information Technology Staffing Company Charged With Visa and Naturalization Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/owner-of-information-technology-staffing-company-charged-with-visa-and-naturalization-fraud A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was arrested this morning for allegedly submitting 11 fraudulent H-1B visa applications as well as fraudulently procuring his own citizenship, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Wed, 06 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS c22f1d1e-71ad-4a23-8e3f-a151485678ca DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-announces-final-rule-for-a-more-effective-and-efficient-h-1b-visa-program The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. Wed, 30 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS bac0f5b3-71e3-43cc-9141-fa4911ee6102 USCIS Makes Two More Applications Available for Online Filing https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-makes-two-more-applications-available-for-online-filing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants can now complete and file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 online. Tue, 29 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 18a918a8-4cb1-404a-a91e-b6e43879a20d USCIS Announces Online Case Status Feature for Asylum Applicants https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-online-case-status-feature-for-asylum-applicants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants who have a pending affirmative asylum application with USCIS can now check the status of their applications online at uscis.gov/casestatus. Mon, 28 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 2090a36d-2833-4ab7-ad78-7a412406837e JTF-W STC Arrests USCIS Target Tied To Illicit Funds, Marriage Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/jtf-w-stc-arrests-uscis-target-tied-to-illicit-funds-marriage-fraud On January 8, 2019, agents assigned to the Joint Task Force - West, South Texas Corridor’s McAllen Joint Targeting Team (JTT) in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Constables Office, arrested Edsgardo Coss-Vallejo on suspicion of marriage fraud and currency smuggling. Wed, 16 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 7182d05f-f872-4061-b1af-962ad40e5baa New USCIS Tool Calculates Fees, Helps Avoid Incorrect Payments https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/new-uscis-tool-calculates-fees-helps-avoid-incorrect-payments We launched a new Online Fee Calculator to assist members of the public in calculating the correct fee amount to include when filing their forms with USCIS at an agency lockbox facility. A list of forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities is available on the USCIS website. Tue, 08 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 843d397b-a3df-426f-8a3d-7005ea2a8bf3 USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2019 https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-reaches-h-2b-cap-for-first-half-of-fy-2019 We have reached the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2019. Wed, 12 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 3637223f-5273-4359-ba70-fd5c8269a87b North Carolina Licensed Attorney Indicted for Aiding and Abetting Visa Fraud and False Statements in Immigration Proceedings https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/north-carolina-licensed-attorney-indicted-for-aiding-and-abetting-visa-fraud-and-false-statements-in Robert J. Higdon Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an indictment charging Sarah Jane Brinson, age 34, from Clinton, North Carolina, with aiding and abetting visa fraud and false statements in immigration proceedings. Mon, 10 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 2814ba1b-aae5-45bf-96b6-4a772883d764 Worcester Man Sentenced for Marriage Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/worcester-man-sentenced-for-marriage-fraud A Worcester man was sentenced Tuesday in connection with entering into six fraudulent marriages in order to evade immigration laws. Fri, 07 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 51032356-7d5a-4b04-9882-98cca549f4cf Five Individuals Charged in Connection with Marriage Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/five-individuals-charged-in-connection-with-marriage-fraud-scheme John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston, and Christopher W. Fonda, supervisory immigration officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, announced on Friday that five individuals have been charged with federal offenses related to their participation in fraudulent marriages so that non-U.S. citizens would receive U.S. immigration benefits. Mon, 03 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 50f0c8db-e3ed-43b6-bac3-4b778d20d237 DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-proposes-merit-based-rule-for-more-effective-and-efficient-h-1b-visa-program The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would also reverse the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, likely increasing the number of beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to be selected for an H-1B cap number, and introducing a more meritorious selection of beneficiaries. Fri, 30 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 5cc06d04-3986-4528-b157-1027e07baef3 Queens Immigration Attorney Found Guilty Of Operating Asylum Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/queens-immigration-attorney-found-guilty-of-operating-asylum-fraud-scheme The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Andreea Dumitru, also known as “Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu,” an immigration attorney based in Queens, New York, was found guilty in Manhattan federal court of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities, and aggravated identity theft on Nov. 19, 2018, following a two-week trial before United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Tue, 20 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS a5369e13-ead4-433f-8891-dcc6576f26bc USCIS Simplifies Access to Online Data https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-simplifies-access-to-online-data U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has consolidated the data pages on its website to include all data on one page. Fri, 16 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 4a33d775-04d1-4cc2-850f-6e26c9884865 Brazilian National Found Guilty of Making False Statements in Naturalization Proceedings https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/brazilian-national-found-guilty-of-making-false-statements-in-naturalization-proceedings On Nov. 9, 2018, Etevaldo Ferreira De Souza, 47, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was found guilty by a jury of one count of making false statements in a naturalization proceeding, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1015(a). Tue, 13 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS b598e491-cc32-460a-acd1-58e490bc43cc USCIS to Expand Information Services Modernization Program to Key Locations https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-expand-information-services-modernization-program-to-key-locations We will expand our Information Services Modernization Program to key field offices, beginning with the Detroit Field Office and the five offices in the Los Angeles District on Nov. 13. Tue, 30 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 38be76e4-9362-41c6-8142-4691807e3466 USCIS Efforts Lead to Guilty Plea in Case of Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-efforts-lead-to-guilty-plea-in-case-of-unauthorized-practice-of-immigration-law U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services helped initiate an investigation that led to charges and guilty pleas from Veronica Perdomo, 43, for fraudulently practicing immigration law and impersonating an immigration officer. Fri, 19 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 77d39e1b-614d-4bb0-a8cc-9a5f91c10f97 Three Nigerian Nationals Living in Grambling and Texas Plead Guilty to Roles in Marriage Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/three-nigerian-nationals-living-in-grambling-and-texas-plead-guilty-to-roles-in-marriage-fraud United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that three Nigerian nationals living in Grambling and Texas have pleaded guilty Monday to roles in a scheme aimed at obtaining permanent residency illegally. Thu, 18 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d79e1d17-cd54-4cc7-b76d-87d7d663228a USCIS Awards FY 2018 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-awards-fy-2018-citizenship-and-assimilation-grants We awarded $9.425 million in grants to 40 organizations across 19 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. Mon, 24 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cdd0f938-ea9b-4869-877a-5dd7b27c60e9 USCIS Helps Secure Conviction in Albany County Visa Fraud Case https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-helps-secure-conviction-in-albany-county-visa-fraud-case We assisted in the investigation that led to a successful jury vote on Wednesday to convict Dalia Lita, age 55, of Latham, N.Y.; Elina Rahman, age 45 of Watervliet, N.Y.; and Lubna Rahman age 45, of Watervliet, of conspiracy to commit visa fraud by submitting false information to the U.S. government in order to obtain immigrant visas. Fri, 21 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 63a65141-fc27-4cfd-a44e-6f59b3788a68 Tucson Refugees Arrested For Immigration Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/tucson-refugees-arrested-for-immigration-fraud On Aug. 8, 2018, a federal grand jury in Tucson returned an eleven-count indictment against Mohamed Abdirahman Osman, 28, and Zeinab Abdirahman Mohamed, 25, both living in Tucson, Arizona, for violations of false swearing in an immigration matter and false statements to a government agency.  Thu, 20 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS ec2a0422-ca5b-4933-b05c-15d3516b3a8f USCIS to Welcome Approximately 45,000 New U.S. Citizens During Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Themed Ceremonies https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-welcome-approximately-45000-new-us-citizens-during-constitution-day-and-citizenship-day Today we announced we will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, with over 260 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Sept. 14 to 23 as part of this year’s celebration of Constitution Week.  Fri, 14 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 0d07328b-976e-43a1-bdf2-94bf68c5a3fe USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusting-premium-processing-fee-0 Fee Increase Consistent with the Consumer Price Index Fri, 31 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 66fe47de-2efa-4cb7-920c-fd90bb7494fe Re-Registration Period Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Somalia https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/re-registration-period-now-open-for-temporary-protected-status-for-somalia We announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on March 17, 2020, must re-register between Aug. 27, 2018, and Oct. 26, 2018. Mon, 27 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f489c505-67af-4c09-b602-cb731dce41fd Justice Department Secures Denaturalization of Guardian Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor https://www.uscis.gov/justice-department-secures-denaturalization-of-guardian-convicted-of-sexual-abuse-of-a-minor On Aug. 8, Chief Judge James C. Dever III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina entered an order that revoked the naturalized U.S. citizenship of a child sex offender; restrained and enjoined him from claiming any rights, privileges, or advantages of U.S. citizenship; and ordered him to immediately surrender and deliver his Certificate of Naturalization and any other indicia of U.S. citizenship to federal authorities. Wed, 15 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 62ce116e-931c-471e-a51b-dc80823960b1 Re-Registration Period Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Yemen https://www.uscis.gov/re-registration-period-now-open-for-temporary-protected-status-for-yemen We announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Yemen’s designation who want to maintain their status through the extension date of March 3, 2020, must re-register between August 14, 2018, and October 15, 2018. Tue, 14 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 01a0be73-c963-49b6-8dac-aced9a0db57e USCIS Issues Revised Final Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-issues-revised-final-guidance-on-unlawful-presence-for-students-and-exchange-visitors We published a revised final policy memorandum related to unlawful presence after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018. Thu, 09 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 5207ec1c-81db-4d15-837e-2dd6c9c95f77 Burbank Man Who Allegedly Led Prescription Drug Ring Arrested on New Charges of Fraudulently Procuring U.S. Citizenship https://www.uscis.gov/burbank-man-who-allegedly-led-prescription-drug-ring-arrested-on-new-charges-of-fraudulently A Burbank man who operated a string of allegedly sham medical clinics – and who already faces federal charges of using the clinics to orchestrate a massive narcotics scheme – was arrested today on new charges that he unlawfully procured United States citizenship. Tue, 07 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS de4f7808-b960-4287-b4fb-d35e94dca0a4 USCIS Efforts Lead to Guilty Convictions in Florida Marriage Fraud Ring https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-efforts-lead-to-guilty-convictions-in-florida-marriage-fraud-ring We assisted in an investigation that led to a federal jury finding Valeriy Tsoy, a citizen of Kazakhstan, guilty of marriage fraud. The successful investigation also led to Zafar Bakhramovic Yadigarov, a citizen of Uzbekistan, pleaded guilty to marriage fraud and conspiracy to commit marriage fraud on July 23. Fri, 27 Jul 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 879afd52-b058-4546-a614-1f39afc77a7a USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-citizenship-and-assimilation-grant-opportunities-1 We are now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Wed, 25 Jul 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f8e2573e-2be4-4ba3-9d7e-baf2bc9d9f09 USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Certain Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-updates-policy-guidance-for-certain-requests-for-evidence-and-notices-of-intent-to-deny Today we posted a policy memorandum that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility. Fri, 13 Jul 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d3d6a187-1f9a-48cb-ad06-26940bb2fdf4 USCIS Updates Notice to Appear Policy Guidance to Support DHS Enforcement Priorities https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-notice-to-appear-policy-guidance-to-support-dhs-enforcement-priorities We issued updated guidance today that aligns our policy for issuing Form I-862, Notice to Appear, with the immigration enforcement priorities of the Department of Homeland Security. Thu, 05 Jul 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a2e47c4b-bd44-4897-967d-2e8b42948435 New Data Shows Criminal Arrest Histories of DACA Requestors https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/new-data-shows-criminal-arrest-histories-of-daca-requestors USCIS released new data regarding arrests and apprehensions among the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requestor population. The data contains both criminal and civil information of those approved and denied under DACA.  Mon, 18 Jun 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 986f3a54-c114-4bd7-8002-c77bf5e99365 USCIS Efforts Lead to Prison Sentence for Fremont Business Owner over Role in Visa Fraud Conspiracy and Other Crimes https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-efforts-lead-to-prison-sentence-for-fremont-business-owner-over-role-in-visa-fraud-conspiracy Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Venkat Guntipally was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit several crimes including visa fraud, obstruction of justice, use of false documents and mail fraud.   Fri, 15 Jun 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 96378cd9-5625-4343-b833-faad68588330 USCIS Helps Get Conviction in Asylum Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-helps-get-conviction-in-asylum-fraud U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) played an integral part in yesterday’s sentencing of Ali Vahdani Pour.  Fri, 08 Jun 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a8a7364d-47f4-4e7b-80f3-f28a1850b98f Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status https://www.uscis.gov/re-registration-period-now-open-for-hondurans-with-temporary-protected-status-0 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of Jan. 5, 2020, must re-register between June 5, 2018, and Aug. 6, 2018. Tue, 05 Jun 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS dd859b0e-d9f0-43a2-8412-a1c94ac2347a USCIS Efforts Lead to Sentencing of Florida Woman for Obtaining U.S. Citizenship by Fraud and False Statements https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-efforts-lead-to-sentencing-of-florida-woman-for-obtaining-us-citizenship-by-fraud-and-false U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) assisted in an investigation that led to U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington sentencing Enite Alindor, also known as Odette Dureland, to five months in federal prison. Tue, 05 Jun 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS ab78bb32-2304-43ac-bfac-ec3b74f233a7 USCIS Redesigns Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-redesigns-citizenship-and-naturalization-certificates We began issuing redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization today, following a successful pilot in four USCIS field offices and one service center. Mon, 04 Jun 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS e766abbd-d8d1-4120-9f9a-1adfd42ec716 Grand Rapids Man Sentenced For Felon Firearm Possession and Falsely Attesting U.S. Citizenship https://www.uscis.gov/grand-rapids-man-sentenced-for-felon-firearm-possession-and-falsely-attesting-us-citizenship U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Franklin J. Flores, 42, most recently of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 24 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff, concurrent to his current State of Michigan sentence of 18 to 60 months for identity theft. Thu, 31 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2300cc28-3bbc-46b8-86bd-d103c4bfe3f3 USCIS to Implement Online Processing of FOIA Requests https://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-to-implement-online-processing-of-foia-requests New System Allows Users to Submit and Receive FOIA Requests Digitally Wed, 30 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 89c01414-abee-4e68-bfca-aed212943b1b DHS Proposes to Remove the International Entrepreneur Rule https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/humanitarian-parole/dhs-proposes-to-remove-the-international-entrepreneur-rule The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing a rule to end a program that allows certain foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for parole to temporarily come to the United States to develop and build start-up businesses here, known as the International Entrepreneur Rule (IE Final Rule). Fri, 25 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 703bdb19-d224-442c-b86d-0bc6b1562815 USCIS Expands Online Filing https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-expands-online-filing Applicants Can Now Request Replacement Naturalization Certificate and Naturalization Hearing Online Fri, 25 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 540ef5aa-dca4-4878-aa35-b7ad555794eb DHS Announces Additional Visas for Foreign Workers to Assist American Businesses at Risk of Failing https://www.uscis.gov/dhs-announces-additional-visas-for-foreign-workers-to-assist-american-businesses-at-risk-of-failing Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be available for Fiscal Year 2018. In this determination, Secretary Nielsen determined there are not sufficient, qualified, U.S. workers available to perform temporary non-agriculture labor to satisfy the needs of American businesses in FY18. Fri, 25 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cf1ce393-193a-47bc-8d4c-d66007c35150 USCIS Efforts Lead to Sentencing in Immigration Fraud Case in the CNMI https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-efforts-lead-to-sentencing-in-immigration-fraud-case-in-the-cnmi This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) efforts led to the sentencing of Arlene Hart for two counts of mail fraud. Wed, 23 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS bef1d168-6306-4010-8de0-ae900cf0c644 Re-Registration Period Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Nepal https://www.uscis.gov/re-registration-period-now-open-for-temporary-protected-status-for-nepal We announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nepal’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register between May 22, 2018, and July 23, 2018 Tue, 22 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f0a552b9-be29-402f-a0f1-724e358f501a Airline Staffing Executive Sentenced to Prison for Years of Immigration Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/airline-staffing-executive-sentenced-to-prison-for-years-of-immigration-fraud Eleno Quinteros, Jr., the former vice president of operations for two airline mechanic staffing companies, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for making false statements in support of legal permanent resident petitions for dozens of the companies’ mechanics. Fri, 18 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4ae32579-9169-4a68-9715-49645c7d52c8 USCIS and the Justice Department Formalize Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-and-the-justice-department-formalize-partnership-to-protect-us-workers-from-discrimination-and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that expands their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States. Fri, 11 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 087e8f3f-04dd-453e-b7e1-7221dceff14c USCIS Plays Key Role in Miami Marriage Fraud Conviction https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-plays-key-role-in-miami-marriage-fraud-conviction U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers detected a multi-year fraudulent marriage scheme which resulted in the investigation and conviction of Michael Roy Fraser, a Jamaican national, on April 25, 2018. Thu, 03 May 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 58b65d81-c9a5-4982-8f19-92e188446a40 USCIS to Begin Using More Secure Mail Delivery Service https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-begin-using-more-secure-mail-delivery-service U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. Fri, 27 Apr 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 323d3f28-9794-4942-bb9d-e0f164bdcc3d USCIS Premieres Video Highlighting its Historic Connections to Ellis Island https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-premieres-video-highlighting-its-historic-connections-to-ellis-island We released a new documentary video, USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island, following an internal premiere for the agency’s employees. From 1892 to 1954, the federal immigration service and its employees processed over twelve million immigrants at the Ellis Island Immigration Station in New York Harbor.  Thu, 26 Apr 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 9f9c0629-dd13-40b4-a639-51bf2b677a12 Substantial Support from USCIS Fraud Detection Unit Leads to Convictions in Two Separate Immigration Fraud Cases https://www.uscis.gov/substantial-support-from-uscis-fraud-detection-unit-leads-to-convictions-in-two-separate-immigration This week, two immigration fraud perpetrators were sentenced to prison due to the considerable efforts of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Los Angeles Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit. Fri, 20 Apr 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4460bb66-ed41-4c22-93c7-312e95646449 New E-Verify.gov Website a User-Friendly Source to Verify Employment Eligibility https://www.uscis.gov/new-e-verifygov-website-a-user-friendly-source-to-verify-employment-eligibility New E-Verify.gov Website a User-Friendly Source to Verify Employment Eligibility WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the launch of our new website, E-Verify.gov. This is the authoritative source for information on electronic employment eligibility verification. E-Verify.gov is for employers, employees and the general public. Tue, 10 Apr 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS e914f66f-1f90-4a68-ae4e-8c28560854a8 Queens Immigration Attorney Charged With Asylum Fraud https://www.uscis.gov/queens-immigration-attorney-charged-with-asylum-fraud Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Patricia Menges, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services New York Asylum Office, announced that yesterday ANDREEA DUMITRU, a/k/a “Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu,” an immigration attorney based in Queens, New York, was charged with asylum fraud and making false statements.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Wed, 28 Mar 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS d28b7446-54c2-4b7c-83fc-580cf362a0b6 USCIS Updates Webpage to Share More Accurate Processing Times https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-webpage-to-share-more-accurate-processing-times We launched a pilot to test a redesigned processing times webpage that displays the data for all forms in an easier-to-read format and also tests a new way of collecting data and calculating the processing times for some forms. Thu, 22 Mar 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS e960828f-ca34-4c71-9974-5846c85b7017 USCIS Efforts Lead to Sentencing of Former Stamford Resident for Operating Extensive Immigration Fraud Scheme https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-efforts-lead-to-sentencing-of-former-stamford-resident-for-operating-extensive-immigration The efforts of USCIS led to the successful sentencing of a former Stamford resident today. John H. Durham, United States attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that David Nikolashvili, a 52-year-old citizen of the Republic of Georgia residing in Queens, New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny to six months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for operating an immigration fraud scheme. Fri, 09 Mar 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 9a295eea-397d-4e49-bbe3-ecd09f58005c USCIS Efforts in Albany Lead to Marriage Fraud Conviction https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-efforts-in-albany-lead-to-marriage-fraud-conviction The efforts of USCIS led to a successful conviction in a marriage fraud case. After a five-day trial that ended today, a jury voted to convict Yana Potapova, a 29-year-old Russian citizen residing in Schenectady, New York, of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Tue, 06 Mar 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS ed4e3ba0-5a1a-4b74-b162-408cf1676f06 Re-Registration Period Opens for Syrians with Temporary Protected Status https://www.uscis.gov/re-registration-period-opens-for-syrians-with-temporary-protected-status Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 30, 2019, must re-register between March 5, and May 4, 2018. Mon, 05 Mar 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS a399aab9-d39c-4850-9df6-1f06ce3c945f USCIS Completes Random Selection Process for H-2B Visa Cap for Second Half of FY 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-completes-random-selection-process-for-h-2b-visa-cap-for-second-half-of-fy-2018 On Feb. 21 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received approximately 2,700 H-2B cap-subject petitions requesting approximately 47,000 workers, which is more than the number of H-2B visas available. As a result, USCIS, in accordance with applicable regulations, conducted a lottery on Feb. 28 to randomly select enough petitions to meet the cap.  Thu, 01 Mar 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS f43f2533-f5b7-4b8d-8157-a67edaa60512 USCIS Completes Random Selection Process for H-2B Visa Cap for Second Half of FY 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-completes-random-selection-process-for-h-2b-visa-cap-for-second-half-of-fy-2018-0 On Feb. 21, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received approximately 2,700 H-2B cap-subject petitions requesting approximately 47,000 workers, which is more than the number of H-2B visas available. As a result, USCIS, in accordance with applicable regulations, conducted a lottery on Feb. 28 to randomly select enough petitions to meet the cap.  Thu, 01 Mar 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS e1542e8c-cef2-4745-83d7-448fcbf93f9e USCIS Strengthens Protections to Combat H-1B Abuses https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-strengthens-protections-to-combat-h-1b-abuses USCIS has published a policy memorandum making clear that USCIS may request detailed documentation to ensure a legitimate employer-employee relationship is maintained while an employee is working at a third-party worksite. Thu, 22 Feb 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 9a2521b3-72cb-4775-98e8-a09bca76eebd USCIS Efforts Lead to Sentencing in Florida Marriage Fraud Ring https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-efforts-lead-to-sentencing-in-florida-marriage-fraud-ring USCIS assisted in an investigation that led to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron sentencing three individuals to federal prison for their involvement in a marriage fraud ring operating out of Brevard County. Thu, 22 Feb 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 2beea48e-317f-481a-a121-d740c50708ec Department of Justice Files Complaint to Denaturalize Diversity Visa Recipient Who Obtained Naturalized Citizenship After Failing to Disclose Two Prior Orders of Removal https://www.uscis.gov/department-of-justice-files-complaint-to-denaturalize-diversity-visa-recipient-who-obtained The Department of Justice yesterday filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan to revoke the naturalized U.S. citizenship of Humayun Kabir Rahman fka Md Humayun Kabir Talukder aka Ganu Miah aka Shafi Uddin. Thu, 15 Feb 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 7cc3a50d-62b7-41c5-ac6c-f2db777f7a7c USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Option for Fees https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-expands-credit-card-payment-option-for-fees U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms. Wed, 14 Feb 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS ea180864-2106-4ec5-8f3f-6cbc4bce69a9 Three Individuals Indicted for Visa Fraud Scheme for Profit https://www.uscis.gov/three-individuals-indicted-for-visa-fraud-scheme-for-profit A 15-count indictment was unsealed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Stella Boyadjian, Hrachya Atoyan and Diana Grigoryan, also known as “Dina Akopovna,” for their roles in a multi-year visa fraud scheme that brought Armenian citizens into the United States for profit. Fri, 09 Feb 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS cf82802d-1f4f-4c5f-ac80-9aef6a84ec2a USCIS to Take Action to Address Asylum Backlog https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-to-take-action-to-address-asylum-backlog U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an attempt to stem the growth of the agency’s asylum backlog. Wed, 31 Jan 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 55bb136b-c506-4dd1-81c9-825a8f255486 USCIS partners with Justice Department and Secures First Denaturalization As a Result of Operation Janus https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-partners-with-justice-department-and-secures-first-denaturalization-as-a-result-of-operation On Jan. 5, Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey entered an order revoking the naturalized U.S. citizenship of Baljinder Singh aka Davinder Singh, and canceling his Certificate of Naturalization, following a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services referral to the Justice Department. Wed, 10 Jan 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 38f46b8f-ad64-4726-b864-1c552ec7f2ac USCIS Clarifies Proxy Vote Use for Certain Intracompany Transferee Visa Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-clarifies-proxy-vote-use-for-certain-intracompany-transferee-visa-petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated policy guidance today clarifying that a proxy vote must be irrevocable to establish the requisite control of a company in an L-1 visa petition. Wed, 03 Jan 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS c8a4e777-850d-408b-b9d2-119c75b7edca USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-reaches-h-2b-cap-for-first-half-of-fy-2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018. Thu, 21 Dec 17 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 7d8b5b0f-5433-4812-a543-f2dfbb73e79f USCIS Issues Clarifying Guidance on NAFTA TN Status Eligibility for Economists https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-issues-clarifying-guidance-on-nafta-tn-status-eligibility-for-economists U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is clarifying policy guidance on the specific work activities its officers should consider when determining whether an individual qualifies for TN nonimmigrant status as an economist. Mon, 18 Dec 17 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS db5aa066-c0b7-48df-becf-130786afde08 Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status https://www.uscis.gov/re-registration-period-now-open-for-hondurans-with-temporary-protected-status Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain that status through the current expiration date of July 5, 2018, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on the USCIS website. Fri, 15 Dec 17 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS c23d8b50-fcb5-4d03-b154-8984e4806ed1 Re-Registration Period Now Open for Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status https://www.uscis.gov/re-registration-period-now-open-for-nicaraguans-with-temporary-protected-status Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nicaragua’s designation who want to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of Jan. 5, 2019, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on the USCIS website. Fri, 15 Dec 17 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS c8213ced-7ba5-4bee-8cd9-6c875a4bfe5e USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule https://www.uscis.gov/uscis-to-begin-accepting-applications-under-the-international-entrepreneur-rule U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision. Thu, 14 Dec 17 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 050e3025-b198-4418-aca8-c9c200a0b273 As CNMI Transitional Worker Program Draws Down, USCIS Announces Cap for Final Three Fiscal Years https://www.uscis.gov/as-cnmi-transitional-worker-program-draws-down-uscis-announces-cap-for-final-three-fiscal-years Today, USCIS announced the number of visas the agency will grant for the last three fiscal years (FYs) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. Congress previously mandated that USCIS end the program by reducing the number of workers in the program to zero by Dec. 31, 2019. Tue, 21 Nov 17 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 93e1b5d0-e3d6-40a8-83bf-372de144532c USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-policy-to-ensure-petitioners-meet-burden-of-proof-for-nonimmigrant-worker-extension Under updated policy guidance, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Mon, 23 Oct 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS ffe20d13-c546-413c-90fa-9f41f5119ec2 Premium Processing Now Available for All Petitioners Seeking H-1B Visas https://www.uscis.gov/premium-processing-now-available-for-all-petitioners-seeking-h-1b-visas We resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions.  Tue, 03 Oct 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a69c1057-c704-43a4-b4c6-2ce8440cbd8a New USCIS Form Streamlines Process to Obtain a Work Authorization Document and Social Security Number Simultaneously https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/new-uscis-form-streamlines-process-to-obtain-a-work-authorization-document-and-social-security WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Mon, 02 Oct 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS ce7e63a7-b0bf-45dd-835e-6cd2e43b8484 USCIS announces award recipients of nearly $10 million in funding to support citizenship preparation programs https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-award-recipients-of-nearly-10-million-in-funding-to-support-citizenship-preparation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 45 public and private non-profit organizations across the country to help lawful permanent residents prepare for naturalization. Thu, 28 Sep 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4e43cad3-5d99-45a5-b865-9858a79cbc3e USCIS No Longer Accepting Petitions for One-Time Increase to the Temporary Nonagricultural Visa Program https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-no-longer-accepting-petitions-for-one-time-increase-to-the-temporary-nonagricultural-visa We are no longer accepting petitions from U. S. employers seeking to hire temporary nonagricultural workers under the one-time increase to the fiscal year (2017 H-2B cap announced in July. Tue, 19 Sep 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 638a2d12-cd47-4aa5-a229-217ea489c0b3 USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-for-some-categories-of-applicants-seeking-h-1b-visas USCIS resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Mon, 18 Sep 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4060632a-a11a-43b9-ace8-06a4d57dcf79 USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-to-expand-in-person-interview-requirements-for-certain-permanent-residency-applicants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. Mon, 28 Aug 17 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 0abf7471-c7e9-405b-8a95-d769d22ac65b