All News RSS Feed https://www.uscis.gov/ The RSS Feed for the All News 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 Tools Outage https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/tools-outage USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, July 30th, at 11:59 p.m. through Friday, July 31st , at 3:00 a.m. Eastern. Thu, 30 Jul 20 09:22:00 -0400 USCIS 804a26b9-56e9-4e16-bd9d-1554b360c667 USCIS Clarifies Guidance on Initial and Further Deployment of Investment Capital https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-clarifies-guidance-on-initial-and-further-deployment-of-investment-capital USCIS has updated the USCIS Policy Manual with clarifying guidance on the deployment of investment capital under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Fri, 24 Jul 20 09:44:06 -0400 USCIS 07c34d6a-b072-40b0-b2b9-8cf00b86ce6c USCIS Launches Updated Website https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-launches-updated-website Today, we launched an updated uscis.gov website, which we designed with input from applicants, petitioners and the public. Tue, 21 Jul 20 10:20:50 -0400 USCIS 4e40d2e6-3bfe-40d8-adcf-b866ca21aea9 Applying Discretion in USCIS Adjudications https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/applying-discretion-in-uscis-adjudications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today consolidated existing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding officers’ application of discretion in adjudications. Wed, 15 Jul 20 13:28:48 -0400 USCIS dd9c6e03-759f-4d5e-8b22-69debf271dcb USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-extends-flexibility-for-responding-to-agency-requests-0 In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USCIS is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020. Wed, 01 Jul 20 09:58:05 -0400 USCIS e4fa5c38-97c0-42ef-a51c-ccb9bf6ddaad 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 Update to Filing Location for Form I-918 and Form I-485 for Applicants Filing Based on U Nonimmigrant Status https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/update-to-filing-location-for-form-i-918-and-form-i-485-for-applicants-filing-based-on-u Starting June 29, 2020, petitioners residing in certain states must file these forms at the Nebraska Service Center, instead of the Vermont Service Center. Mon, 29 Jun 20 10:40:35 -0400 USCIS 8eefecd2-0c62-45a9-90e5-aaa2350a9c45 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 Texas Service Center Moving to New Address on June 26 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/texas-service-center-moving-to-new-address-on-june-26 On June 26, the Texas Service Center will move to a new address. Tue, 23 Jun 20 12:25:31 -0400 USCIS 1de046c5-0735-4c23-83e9-4d620ec6f43f USCIS Statement on Presidential Proclamation https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-statement-on-presidential-proclamation Monday’s presidential proclamation temporarily restricts certain categories of visas from being issued to protect jobs for American workers while our economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. Tue, 23 Jun 20 12:20:22 -0400 USCIS f5c86263-b4e6-41c9-940e-64b9ab8611dc 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 Extends Transitional Parole for Certain Aliens Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-extends-transitional-parole-for-certain-aliens-present-in-the-commonwealth-of-the-northern USCIS announced today that it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain aliens present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Wed, 17 Jun 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2376c022-36e7-47c4-9b30-541010a565e5 USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-129CW on June 18 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-to-publish-revised-form-i-129cw-on-june-18 On May 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published an interim final rule (IFR) implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018. Fri, 12 Jun 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4aa53fd5-9518-46c0-9ac2-1009b015c8d8 USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions   https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-for-certain-petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.  Fri, 29 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 05b0d717-2102-41a8-b056-3a4e8ff329dd USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-preparing-to-resume-public-services-on-june-4 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. Wed, 27 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 00e83c36-272b-41ea-885e-a21c21b591be USCIS Begins Implementing New Interactive Voice Response Telephone System https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-begins-implementing-new-interactive-voice-response-telephone-system USCIS is introducing a new interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system today for English and Spanish calls to the USCIS Contact Center. Mon, 18 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 951f8490-14ff-4bbf-bb97-86a1105fc5b4 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 USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-extends-flexibility-for-responding-to-agency-requests In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners Fri, 01 May 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 960089f3-74b0-4861-b284-d21d13915d8c USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-offices-preparing-to-reopen-on-june-4 On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Fri, 24 Apr 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2209eccb-c3ed-4f96-be27-f649dd21ca4a USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-updates-policy-on-false-claims-of-us-citizenship U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it is updating its Policy Manual to align with the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) precedent decision in Matter of Zhang. Fri, 24 Apr 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS b172006a-52ad-4c84-9674-e45c6e942547 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 COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/covid-19-delays-in-extensionchange-of-status-filings The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mon, 13 Apr 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS dea3375b-f098-4419-be83-fa6589ef28a8 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 Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-temporary-office-closure-extended-until-at-least-may-3 On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Wed, 01 Apr 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS bcac44d1-d267-45d0-9f39-09618fe739a9 USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-expands-flexibility-for-responding-to-uscis-requests In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it adopted measures to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). Mon, 30 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 770baf42-64ee-478c-97ad-5af4a29e154a USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-to-continue-processing-applications-for-employment-authorization-extension-requests-despite U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mon, 30 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 94fafeb9-f122-4fbc-a0f6-209e611a5e47 USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-flexibility-for-requests-for-evidence-notices-of-intent-to-deny In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.    Fri, 27 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 9feee6f4-6e36-441a-adc0-df490e2ad6ab H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/h-1b-initial-electronic-registration-selection-process-completed USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). Fri, 27 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3fc120d9-332e-411b-999b-1b2024932c33 USCIS Temporarily Closes Rome (June 5, 2020 UPDATE: Closed Permanently) and Nairobi Offices to the Public https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-temporarily-closes-rome-june-5-2020-update-closed-permanently-and-nairobi-offices-to-the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it has temporarily closed its offices in Rome, Italy, and Nairobi, Kenya, to the public, due to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Wed, 25 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2d194511-acc4-45ea-b602-38fa27886590 USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least April 7 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-temporary-office-closure-extended-until-at-least-april-7 On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Wed, 25 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6b3a62c4-d7b9-47ea-8230-c155569c222d USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-flexibility-in-submitting-required-signatures-during-covid-19-national-emergency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond. Fri, 20 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a1847634-d3e1-40c4-a576-184289f1b5a7 Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Period Closes March 20 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/initial-h-1b-electronic-registration-period-closes-march-20 The initial registration period for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B numerical allocations will close at noon Eastern on March 20. Registrations must be properly submitted before noon Eastern on March 20 to be considered in the initial selection process. Fri, 20 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 914df8e3-3394-4d5b-8011-58c673f52da3 USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-temporary-suspension-of-premium-processing-for-all-i-129-and-i-140-petitions-due-to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Fri, 20 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS a7f32349-fe89-431a-a72f-da44ad03ba89 USCIS Temporarily Closing Offices to the Public March 18-April 1 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-temporarily-closing-offices-to-the-public-march-18-april-1 Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Tue, 17 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 0d0949ac-28e5-4343-b48d-98021c88a345 USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-temporary-suspension-of-premium-processing-for-fy2021-cap-subject-petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Mon, 16 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4ad38802-c31c-402f-b4c9-2d0138d595af Re-Registration Period Now Open for Aliens with TPS under Somalia’s Designation https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/re-registration-period-now-open-for-aliens-with-tps-under-somalias-designation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 17, 2021, must re-register between March 11, 2020 and May 11, 2020. Wed, 11 Mar 20 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 857b74b4-bcfb-46b7-922c-a52614e253d5 USCIS Publishes Federal Register Notices Announcing H-2A and H-2B Petitions Must Include Printed Copy of Electronic Final Determination Form https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-publishes-federal-register-notices-announcing-h-2a-and-h-2b-petitions-must-include-printed On March 5, 2020, USCIS published two Federal Register notices regarding the submission of final determination forms with H-2A and H-2B petitions. Thu, 05 Mar 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 305eb1ec-9239-4de5-bd34-08db9f6da7fa 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 Re-Registration Period Now Open for Aliens with TPS under Yemen’s Designation https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/re-registration-period-now-open-for-aliens-with-tps-under-yemens-designation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Yemen’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 3, 2021, must re-register between March 2, 2020 and May 1, 2020. Mon, 02 Mar 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 8eb9c796-9034-4b59-8131-92f30bde3247 USCIS Publishes Updated Guidance on H-2A Petitions for Sheep/Goat Herders https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-publishes-updated-guidance-on-h-2a-petitions-for-sheepgoat-herders U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published an updated policy memorandum (PM) that requires requests for temporary foreign workers for range sheep or goat herding or production to be subject to the same requirements as other temporary agricultural workers. Fri, 28 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 1781e42e-538e-4b42-9a12-4608da1b9cce Initial H-1B Registration Period Opens at Noon Eastern on March 1 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/initial-h-1b-registration-period-opens-at-noon-eastern-on-march-1 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 20. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out prospective petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registrations. Fri, 28 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 99bf2d90-c3a1-40fd-8039-8d470b4305fe H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY2020 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/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. Wed, 26 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS a9945f75-b20d-4c9c-a9d4-e7794445a200 USCIS Clarifies Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/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. Wed, 26 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS b08262f1-811a-4388-b0f5-ca5c7ac7a064 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 Announces H-1B Registration Account Creation https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/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. Fri, 21 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS d57bd393-b276-4ea8-9636-e0f91015c720 USCIS Accepting Petitions Under the CNMI Disaster Recovery Workforce Act https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-accepting-petitions-under-the-cnmi-disaster-recovery-workforce-act USCIS is accepting CW-1 petitions filed under the Disaster Recovery Act. Wed, 19 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 9359b086-5a4d-425b-9409-de07a12b6172 USCIS Opens Application Period for New Status for Long-Term Residents of CNMI https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/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.  Wed, 19 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 115b2916-029b-4850-a07a-9d9408d967dc Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Pre-Paid Mailer Suspension https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/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. Fri, 14 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 22b46a7d-a4c9-4e6f-9b72-7c7c5b5f95ad USCIS Supports Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-supports-zero-tolerance-for-female-genital-mutilation Feb. 6 is designated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Thu, 06 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 385331af-ed89-4c78-9a5f-15d27c04fa06 USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-response-to-the-2019-coronavirus USCIS is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak on agency operations. Wed, 05 Feb 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 8e25c3ef-c7d5-4a3b-9a7d-3421bed29b33 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 Issues Updates to Biometrics Collection Guidance https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-issues-updates-to-biometrics-collection-guidance U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updates to its Policy Manual that address mobile biometrics services and fingerprint waivers. Thu, 30 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS df9a74d7-42c6-41b8-8843-adfd55a1ca2c 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 Treaty Termination Ends Certain Visa Eligibility for Iranian Nationals https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/treaty-termination-ends-certain-visa-eligibility-for-iranian-nationals USCIS today announced that, due to the Oct. 3, 2018, termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor changes or extensions of status based on the treaty. Wed, 22 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 91a17644-836d-48a9-9e5a-476df81c7411 USCIS Final FY 2019 Statistics Available https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-final-fy-2019-statistics-available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final fiscal year (FY) 2019 agency statistics are now available online. Thu, 16 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 6205b363-6828-4ac3-a642-6801b76043a9 USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-countries-eligible-for-h-2a-and-h-2b-visa-programs U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2020. Thu, 16 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 61ed5c76-f0d6-4d2d-a757-a6e52f35b76b USCIS Formally Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process and the Registration Timeframe https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-formally-announces-implementation-of-electronic-h-1b-registration-process-and-the-registration On Jan. 9, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a Federal Register notice formally announcing the implementation of the H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 H‑1B cap-subject petitions. Fri, 10 Jan 20 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 9964daa1-c99a-45f9-983a-c7b6096b8991 USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-begins-accepting-green-card-applications-under-liberian-refugee-immigration-fairness Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting applications to adjust status to lawful permanent resident from certain Liberian nationals under Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019. Thu, 26 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 39d9857e-8881-4064-935f-9eba3c924330 Update on Travel by Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries In Removal Proceedings https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/update-on-travel-by-temporary-protected-status-beneficiaries-in-removal-proceedings U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the effect of travel outside the United States by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who are subject to removal proceedings. Fri, 20 Dec 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 4eb171a0-cb3a-4e89-89d6-c38864d174ae 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 Issues Guidance on Adjustment of Status by Aliens Whose Conditional Permanent Residence Has Been Terminated https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-issues-guidance-on-adjustment-of-status-by-aliens-whose-conditional-permanent-residence-has USCIS today issued policy guidance explaining how USCIS applies Matter of Stockwell and clarifying when USCIS may adjust the status of an alien whose Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status has been terminated. Thu, 21 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 49a5e92a-de71-45b6-9f6d-25f13d930d38 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 Issues Further Guidance on Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-issues-further-guidance-on-special-immigrant-juvenile-classification On Oct. 11, USCIS issued three adopted Administrative Appeals Office decisions to clarify requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. Tue, 19 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 66512684-216f-4517-823f-8d49852a2fe8 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 Publishes Guidance on H-2A Petitions for Sheep/Goat Herders https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-publishes-guidance-on-h-2a-petitions-for-sheepgoat-herders U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a policy memorandum (PM) that requires requests for temporary foreign workers for range sheep or goat herding or production be subject to the same requirements as other temporary agricultural workers. Thu, 14 Nov 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 9dcdb358-65d0-4c88-994e-1e906b677686 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 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 DHS Extends TPS Documentation for Six Countries https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/dhs-extends-tps-documentation-for-six-countries The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.  Fri, 01 Nov 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6414416c-ebcf-46c7-84be-8252db532058 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 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 USCIS Begins Producing Security-Enhanced Travel Documents https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-begins-producing-security-enhanced-travel-documents To prevent secure document tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud, we will begin producing on Oct. 24 a new security-enhanced U.S. travel document, which is a booklet that looks similar to a U.S. passport and serves dual purposes. Thu, 24 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 97d6e189-c10f-4cca-97b1-76cb4b517b81 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 H-2A Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination with Form I-129 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/h-2a-petitioners-must-include-temporary-labor-certification-final-determination-with-form-i-129 On Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implemented its new Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system for the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. Tue, 01 Oct 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f01e7f9e-3973-464c-b5e0-2235b054ef08 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 USCIS Highlights Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-highlights-legal-responsibilities-of-sponsors-of-aliens The May 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens emphasizes that certain requirements apply to you if you have sponsored (or will sponsor) an immigrant, or if you have otherwise agreed to make your income and assets available to help sponsor the immigrant... Fri, 27 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS cf951c89-865e-4335-ae98-f69a3051fcec 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 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 Filing Guidance for CW-1 Petitions Seeking to Extend Status for Fiscal Year 2020 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/filing-guidance-for-cw-1-petitions-seeking-to-extend-status-for-fiscal-year-2020 USCIS will consider certain fiscal year (FY) 2020 CW-1 petitions seeking an extension of status for temporary workers present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to be filed on time, even if USCIS receives them after the worker’s current period of CW-1 petition validity expires. Tue, 24 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS da230e04-5672-4a25-a459-317453c0a4fc 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 DHS Proposes Minimal Registration Fee for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/dhs-proposes-minimal-registration-fee-for-petitioners-seeking-to-file-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS. Because USCIS must expend resources to implement and maintain the H-1B registration system, and because USCIS operations are funded by fees collected for adjudication and naturalization services, DHS is proposing an appropriate, nominal fee for submitting H-1B registrations to recover those costs. Tue, 03 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3b958f0a-1e6e-45d8-a85a-ef3011f8661d E-Verify launches new video resource page https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/e-verify-launches-new-video-resource-page All E-Verify videos are now located on the new E-Verify video resources page, your one-stop location for important topics you need to know about E-Verify. Watch our videos to learn about the benefits of the program, how to create a case, and employee rights. Tue, 03 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS efd33a87-3180-4dc6-b3dc-0cd3e573e4a1 USCIS Re-Opens Previously Pending Deferral Requests https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-re-opens-previously-pending-deferral-requests We will reopen non-military deferred action cases that were pending on August 7.  Letters will be sent this week re-opening all cases that were pending on August 7. Mon, 02 Sep 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f74268b7-35a3-4cae-9112-7ca8026572d9 Changes to Direct Filing Addresses for Certain H-1B Form I-129 Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/changes-to-direct-filing-addresses-for-certain-h-1b-form-i-129-petitions On Sept. 1, we will change the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Fri, 30 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 0df9c1b0-0c7f-4900-a116-53d2794dc8f2 Statement Regarding a Policy Update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/statement-regarding-a-policy-update-defining-residence-in-statutory-provisions-related-to Today, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement regarding a policy update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship. Wed, 28 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3a78b06e-2012-48ff-928b-4f2459f282be 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 Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-returns-unselected-fiscal-year-2020-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions USCIS has returned all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process. On May 17, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry of all selected H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2020. Thu, 15 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS bfedfe2c-ff07-4f18-ab81-e680043bdc29 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 Reminder: USCIS Rejecting Form I-129 Petitions That Lack Required Name and Address https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/reminder-uscis-rejecting-form-i-129-petitions-that-lack-required-name-and-address Updated rejection criteria includes time-sensitive H-2A visa classification Fri, 02 Aug 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 452a1a3f-30e2-4233-b8bb-8873da13dd61 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 USCIS Closes the Moscow Field Office to Public on Feb. 28, 2019 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-closes-the-moscow-field-office-to-public-on-feb-28-2019 Due to a significant decrease in workload, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Moscow, Russia, on March 29, 2019. Fri, 26 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 257423b8-4cca-48a8-a632-49eb6b5c198a 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 H-2B Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination with Form I-129 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/h-2b-petitioners-must-include-temporary-labor-certification-final-determination-with-form-i-129 On July 3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implemented its new Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system for the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker program. As of July 3, employers who file an H-2B application for temporary labor certification in FLAG will only receive a temporary labor certification electronically. Fri, 26 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2b9f3b01-fc9b-420f-9eb1-7be8e80fcffe 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 E-Verify is now on LinkedIn https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/e-verify-is-now-on-linkedin The Verification Division is streamlining our public contact channels. E-Verify Listens will be discontinued on July 17.  We are encouraging interested parties to connect with us through our E-Verify website, on Twitter (@EVerify), and on Facebook. In addition, they can subscribe to GovDelivery to receive the latest E-Verify email updates, and text “EVERIFY UPDATES” to 468311 to get the latest E-Verify news. Tue, 16 Jul 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f8d97da0-2a7d-46ec-84c9-85526cc6d8c1 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 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 “Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act” Guidance for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/northern-mariana-islands-long-term-legal-residents-relief-act-guidance-for-certain-individuals USCIS announced today it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Fri, 28 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS b704bb1d-b3c5-4b8d-9ec0-73529ed28b75 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 Grace Period Extended for Previous Edition of Form I-918 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/grace-period-extended-for-previous-edition-of-form-i-918 We are extending the grace period for the previous edition of Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, including Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification, through Dec. 31, 2019. Fri, 21 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6692db9c-751c-434d-9af6-4c74be287e06 USCIS Will No Longer Accept I-407 at International Field Offices https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-will-no-longer-accept-i-407-at-international-field-offices Beginning July 1, USCIS will no longer accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status at international field offices by mail or in person. Mon, 17 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS fe0b490a-ff7f-4583-95e5-30a4f504f66a USCIS Aims to Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-aims-to-decrease-processing-times-for-n-400-and-i-485 USCIS will implement a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on location for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Mon, 17 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS c4f62509-8086-4e9a-b176-0814a0e392b6 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 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 New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/new-zealand-nationals-eligible-for-e-1-and-e-2-nonimmigrant-classifications Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change of status to E-1 or E-2 classification, or a qualifying employer can file Form I-129 on their behalf. Mon, 10 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 66c3a413-5632-4d3a-8f0f-276c42eca86e 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 Cap Reached for Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/cap-reached-for-additional-h-2b-visas-for-fy-2019 USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 visas made available for returning workers under the H-2B numerical limit (also called a cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Fri, 07 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6fabae61-5851-4ec6-addd-b828322e6585 Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/premium-processing-begins-for-remaining-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions-on-june-10 On June 10, we will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Fri, 07 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 1a89e895-c1a5-48d4-afd4-8b228ad48aa8 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 Updates Rejection Criteria for Form I-129 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-updates-rejection-criteria-for-form-i-129 On August 5, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of Form I-129. Tue, 04 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 08d75677-78de-432c-838e-ba0b8e1b999e Adoption Information: Guyana https://www.uscis.gov/adoption/country-information/adoption-information-guyana On June 1, 2019, the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention, or Convention) went into effect in Guyana. Guyana is now a party to the Hague Adoption Convention. Sat, 01 Jun 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6cdbf82e-b288-4c1f-9eee-414a4197ccb2 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 Certain Nonimmigrants Can Now File Form I-539 Online https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/certain-nonimmigrants-can-now-file-form-i-539-online You may file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online if you are applying as a single applicant Wed, 22 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 657910da-4cbb-476a-b327-ff8b145e1267 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 Texas Service Center to Begin Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/texas-service-center-to-begin-accepting-form-i-129-for-certain-h-1b-petitions On May 20, 2019, the Texas Service Center will begin processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions Mon, 20 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 9e97981f-5d5c-4f43-92dd-397b1da93f18 USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-data-entry-of-fiscal-year-2020-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Fri, 17 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 28c30e63-631e-4085-99a5-7f3e5899104d 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 USCIS Clarifies the Period of Authorized Stay for P-1S Essential Support Personnel of Individual Athletes https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-clarifies-the-period-of-authorized-stay-for-p-1s-essential-support-personnel-of-individual USCIS has updated the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to emphasize that, under current regulations, the periods of initial authorized stay are different for individual athletes (P-1A) and their essential support personnel (P-1S). Thu, 09 May 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f81b9ead-094f-4aa7-be4e-53457daca090 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 USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-and-cbp-extend-form-i-129-pilot-program-for-canadian-l-1-nonimmigrants USCIS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are extending the joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2020. Mon, 29 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6455c9ad-8484-40b3-98cc-aaff141e61a4 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 is Ending Forms Request Line https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-is-ending-forms-request-line Starting June 1, we are ending the Forms Request Line service that allows you to order forms by phone. Mon, 22 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 21b3d438-1089-4f5a-9e88-d58d3c5ccf71 Israeli Nationals Eligible for Treaty Investor Visas https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/israeli-nationals-eligible-for-treaty-investor-visas Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States will soon be able to request a change of status to the E-2 treaty investor classification Mon, 22 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 375eefee-5bf0-46d2-bbfc-fc15da6dde69 USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Clarifying How Federal Controlled Substances Law Applies to Naturalization Determinations https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-issues-policy-guidance-clarifying-how-federal-controlled-substances-law-applies-to USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, even where that conduct would not be an offense under state law. Fri, 19 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS c9a7b0fb-7f2f-4bda-b420-14e74427263e 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 Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 and Reaches the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-the-h-1b-cap-random-selection-process-for-fy-2020-and-reaches-the-advanced-degree On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Thu, 11 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 5c8e7de2-1414-43f8-af59-843619c5ac28 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 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 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 USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-reaches-fy-2020-h-1b-regular-cap USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. Fri, 05 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 5869c70e-d207-4db6-9155-2cc9fb22b4b0 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 USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-launches-h-1b-employer-data-hub USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers. Mon, 01 Apr 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 8b4b7de6-3f3b-4198-9d43-7bf21c2c4e7c 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 Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/premium-processing-begins-for-certain-cap-subject-h-1b-petitions-on-may-20 On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Fri, 29 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 0533270e-ec38-48c3-b80b-6b80e65d5cdc 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 CW-1 Filings for Fiscal Year 2020 Must be Accompanied by an Approved Temporary Labor Certification https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/cw-1-filings-for-fiscal-year-2020-must-be-accompanied-by-an-approved-temporary-labor-certification USCIS will begin accepting petitions for employment with start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 under the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker program (the CW-1 program) on April 4, 2019. Mon, 25 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 03ba25e8-2c01-490a-9090-d1f4e23fe12a 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 Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-for-all-h-1b-petitions USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. Mon, 11 Mar 19 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS f9b0fbb2-87d1-419b-b155-2287a6391899 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 UPDATE: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A on March 8 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/update-uscis-to-publish-revised-form-i-539-and-new-form-i-539a-on-march-8 We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our website on March 8, 2019. Tue, 05 Mar 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 2576a0c6-8d93-4996-abc6-b226b3d55451 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 New Online Tools Reduce Wait Times for Callers https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/new-online-tools-reduce-wait-times-for-callers The USCIS Contact Center is currently experiencing higher than normal wait times for callers to speak to a representative. While we work to resolve this, we encourage you to use our online tools. Mon, 25 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 5883bcea-f546-4163-84a4-ecbe7bda8e52 H-2B Cap Reached for FY 2019 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/h-2b-cap-reached-for-fy-2019 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2019. Feb. 19, 2019, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2019. Fri, 22 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 5fab74aa-4975-4662-a023-df1bb256b419 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 USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-for-h-1b-petitions-filed-on-or-before-dec-21-2018 USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. Fri, 15 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 061f9597-c5a9-435f-a427-726e93f0e4c8 USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative P Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-now-accepting-copies-of-negative-p-visa-consultations-directly-from-labor-unions Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future P nonimmigrant visa petition. A consultation letter from a U.S. labor organization is generally required for petitions in the P visa classification, which covers athletes, artists, entertainers and their essential support personnel. Fri, 08 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 062b6a40-632f-4f48-a245-e69780bd666f USCIS Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-statement-on-the-international-day-of-zero-tolerance-for-female-genital-mutilation On Feb. 6, 2019, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) join other U.S. government agencies and the international community in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). Wed, 06 Feb 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 576277bf-dcef-4166-9f89-d4e0118b0d98 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 USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-for-fiscal-year-2019-h-1b-cap-petitions USCIS will resume premium processing on Monday, Jan. 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”). Fri, 25 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS c7879149-1af8-4326-a7cc-794e4ed9cb58 USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-countries-eligible-for-h-2a-and-h-2b-visa-programs-0 USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2019. Thu, 24 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 0874e864-f58b-4041-b6fa-f34b2a26ac76 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 Civics Test Answer Updates https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/civics-test-answer-updates Are you preparing for the naturalization test? As you study for the U.S. history and government (civics) test, make sure that you know the most current answers to these questions.  Fri, 04 Jan 19 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 45ec6156-fe84-41fa-a713-edc0f7a050e3 Termination of the Categorical Parole Programs for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/termination-of-the-categorical-parole-programs-for-certain-individuals-present-in-the-commonwealth Effective immediately, the categorical CNMI parole programs are terminated. This affects USCIS parole programs for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain stateless individuals; CNMI permanent residents, immediate relatives of CNMI permanent residents, and immediate relatives of citizens of the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or Palau); and certain in-home foreign worker caregivers of CNMI residents. Thu, 27 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 04bed5fe-db86-4b36-ac7b-b970b64e881c 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 USCIS Revises Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-revises-interview-waiver-guidance-for-form-i-751 USCIS has issued a policy memorandum (PM) providing guidance to USCIS officers on when to consider waiving the interview requirement for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. Mon, 10 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 6189eb4d-80bd-4764-9545-704a2e442190 USCIS Closes Havana Field Office on Dec. 10, 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-closes-havana-field-office-on-dec-10-2018 USCIS will permanently close its field office in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 10, 2018. Mon, 10 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS f9429e87-44cb-4528-9b77-2df3d4c30ecf DHS and DOL Propose Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for H-2B Employers to Protect U.S. Workers https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/dhs-and-dol-propose-modernizing-recruitment-requirements-for-h-2b-employers-to-protect-us-workers The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Department of Labor (DOL), has published a joint notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would modernize the recruitment requirements for employers seeking H-2B nonimmigrant workers to make it easier for U.S. workers to find and fill these open jobs. Fri, 07 Dec 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 862603f1-c8a8-4502-8f71-f5fed719a71c 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 USCIS Clarifies the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-clarifies-the-l-1-one-year-foreign-employment-requirement We published a policy memorandum (PM) clarifying the requirement that a qualifying organization employ a principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for one continuous year out of the three years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”). Thu, 29 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 65602c33-4676-40c6-b948-e4344c12b7bd 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 USCIS Issuing Biometric Appointment Notices for Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-issuing-biometric-appointment-notices-for-domestic-n-565-and-n-600-applicants On Nov. 1, 2018, we began requesting that domestic applicants filing Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, go to an Application Support Center (ASC) appointment to submit biometric information (including photos, signature, and index fingerprint). Thu, 15 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS b4a2332a-fc30-47ba-a3f2-4fa740042496 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 Continue Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-to-continue-implementing-new-policy-memorandum-on-notices-to-appear We are continuing to implement the June 28, 2018, Policy Memorandum (PM), Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens. Thu, 08 Nov 18 03:00:00 -0500 USCIS 8ef35fca-160c-469f-ab29-f8138ef6df39 Fee Payment Changes at Two USCIS Los Angeles Field Offices https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/fee-payment-changes-at-two-uscis-los-angeles-field-offices On Nov. 5, 2018, applicants, petitioners, or other requesters who are paying a filing fee at the Los Angeles Field Office and Los Angeles County Field Office will no longer be able to pay by money orders or cashier’s checks. Wed, 31 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS b405710e-774a-4777-9f8c-0f4ee41e6431 USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-and-cbp-extend-form-i-129-pilot-program-for-canadian-l-1-nonimmigrants-0 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are extending the joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2019. Wed, 31 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 87c5cbf5-d791-49cd-831d-9159da124e6b 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 Continuing Form I-751 Data Entry https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-continuing-form-i-751-data-entry USCIS has completed receipting and data entry for all filings of Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, received between May 1 and Sept. 9, 2018. Petitioners should receive receipt notices by Oct. 22, 2018. Thu, 18 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 407472d2-ef44-4b54-91a5-c3117ff7860d USCIS Reissues Receipt Notices for Extensions of Conditional Permanent Resident Status https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-reissues-receipt-notices-for-extensions-of-conditional-permanent-resident-status On Oct. 16, 2018, USCIS began issuing new receipt notices for certain Forms I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to replace previously issued receipt notices containing inaccurate information. Wed, 17 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 1e31eb07-474a-49b7-b7f1-337f2d2cbced USCIS Policy Manual Update https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-policy-manual-update USCIS is revising policy guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Tue, 16 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 2e9947db-5f34-4745-a4ed-c8d946a2baad USCIS Provides Guidance for Implementing New Law Related to Foreign Workers on Guam, Northern Mariana Islands https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-provides-guidance-for-implementing-new-law-related-to-foreign-workers-on-guam-northern-mariana We published a policy memorandum providing guidance on the implementation of section 1045 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (the FY 2019 NDAA), which allows certain H-2B workers on Guam and in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to qualify for an exemption to the “temporary need” requirement if they begin employment on or before Dec. 30, 2023. Wed, 03 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 88eaf502-e157-4af0-a73c-f1dd5bf4442c USCIS Using Tablets to Administer the English Reading and Writing Tests for Naturalization https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-using-tablets-to-administer-the-english-reading-and-writing-tests-for-naturalization We began using digital tablets to administer the English reading and writing tests during naturalization interviews as part of the agency’s ongoing business modernization efforts. Wed, 03 Oct 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 68793c3e-60d4-416b-b4aa-5cb288bf6387 F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/f-1-cap-gap-status-and-work-authorization-extension-only-valid-through-sept-30-2018 F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remains pending on Oct. 1, 2018, risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after Oct. 1 (unless otherwise authorized to continue employment), as their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through Sept. 30. Fri, 28 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 9310d568-30e5-4075-9922-5a345b62fb8f Proposed I-912 Fee Waiver Form Revision https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/proposed-i-912-fee-waiver-form-revision We are proposing to revise our Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, to remove the receipt of means-tested benefits from the eligibility criteria. Thu, 27 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 77af8b05-29bd-4051-aa7d-c167fbe92faf USCIS Assisted in Case Leading to Guilty Plea of Former Long Island Catering Hall Owner Charged with Forced Labor https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-assisted-in-case-leading-to-guilty-plea-of-former-long-island-catering-hall-owner-charged-with In Central Islip, New York, Ralph Colamussi pled guilty in federal court Wednesday before United States District Judge Denis R. Hurley, to forced labor of employees at the Thatched Cottage, a catering and wedding venue in Centerport, New York. Thu, 27 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 163dd150-e45d-4623-8d02-53ad34a90954 USCIS to Begin Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-to-begin-implementing-new-policy-memorandum-on-notices-to-appear We will begin implementing the June 28 Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum (PM) on Oct. 1, 2018. Wed, 26 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 4d5f39a9-6550-4bb8-94dd-87a54999faef 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 Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-now-accepting-copies-of-negative-o-visa-consultations-directly-from-labor-unions Effective immediately, we will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request. Fri, 14 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 16178001-66a2-4ad1-86d3-b8d7aa9715d8 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 Filing Location Change for Form I-751 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/filing-location-change-for-form-i-751 This form was previously filed at the California and Vermont service centers. Now, petitioners must send Form I-751 to a USCIS Lockbox facility. Mon, 10 Sep 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 9dcd2c9d-5888-46f5-96d1-73124ad3fab5 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 USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-extends-and-expands-suspension-of-premium-processing-for-h-1b-petitions-to-reduce-delays USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions. Tue, 28 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 3556a425-598b-44e0-9aa1-f33a4484f97e 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 Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/clarification-of-stem-opt-extension-reporting-responsibilities-and-training-obligations We are updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program. Fri, 17 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 05b64a4e-839f-4b70-b3bb-1961fe5230e4 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 Filing Location Change for Form I-829 https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/filing-location-change-for-form-i-829 This form was previously filed at the California Service Center. Now, petitioners must send Form I-829 to a USCIS Lockbox facility. Mon, 13 Aug 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 6a2f15d8-cc29-4703-9da6-85810b526706 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 Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-returns-unselected-fiscal-year-2019-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions USCIS announced on July 30, 2018, that it has returned all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer-generated random selection process. Mon, 30 Jul 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 5d5b6657-8570-4e61-bf4c-7d5436801b68 Updated Guidance on the Implementation of Notice to Appear Policy Memorandum https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/updated-guidance-on-the-implementation-of-notice-to-appear-policy-memorandum Policy Memorandum 602-0050.1, Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens, was issued on June 28, 2018 and instructed USCIS components to create or update operational guidance on NTAs and Referrals to ICE (RTIs), to be issued within 30 days of the Policy Memorandum. Mon, 30 Jul 18 04:00:00 -0400 USCIS 79b8897c-0dce-47f8-a817-5057b1ac9a5a 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