Electronic Reading Room

The USCIS Electronic Reading Room provides access to information identified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). We will update the Electronic Reading Room when documents are requested 3 or more times, or when we proactively identify documents likely requested for release.

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Accessibility Note:
The PDFs from this section of our website may not be fully accessible under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you need assistance, call 800-375-5283 or send a request to FOIAPAQuestions@uscis.dhs.gov with the subject line "FOIA Disability Accommodations." Please include your name, phone number and the document you need to access. A representative from our office will contact you to address your needs.

In order for you to come to the United States lawfully as a nonimmigrant to work temporarily, your prospective employer must generally file a nonimmigrant petition on your behalf with USCIS1. Spouses and Children Seeking Dependent Nonimmigrant Classification Spouses and children who qualify for dependent nonimmigrant classification of a temporary worker and who are outside of the United States should apply directly at a U.S. consulate for a visa.
On Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, the USCIS Public Engagement Division (PED) hosted a virtual meeting with the Asylum & Refugee Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate (RAIO). The purpose of this meeting was to provide RAIO leadership with an opportunity to meet with AILA, to hear directly from them on their priorities, and get any feedback they may have on asylum and refugee related issues. 
Alert: On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule (PDF).
On November 19, 2021, USCIS provided this presentation at a local outreach event. 
On November 9, 2021, USCIS held a joint webinar with the U.S. Department of Labor and the United States Department of State providing an overview of the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers Program. 
USCIS held a listening session on Nov. 4, 2021 with stakeholders on the types of data that are available to the public. 
On November 3, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Certain Hong Kong Residents. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of DED, explained eligibility requirements, and spoke about employment authorization and travel. We responded to questions submitted in advance and via chat during the webinar. The information in this document may have changed since it was posted, please visit uscis.gov/tps for current guidance and information.
Correspondence requesting all application fees be waived for Afghan nationals seeking parole into the United States. 
Correspondence requesting clarification and transparency following the decision by U.S. District Judge Hanen delivered on July 16, 2021. 
Correspondence regarding an automatic extension for DACA recipients when applying to renew their Employment Authorization Document (EAD). 

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