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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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On August 25, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS). During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. 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.
On August 25, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS). During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. 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.
On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. The CRCL Officer provided opening remarks. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. 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.
On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. The CRCL Officer provided opening remarks. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. 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.
On August 11, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. 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.
On August 11, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. 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.
Instructional overview of online filing of Form-1-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status, for eligible applicants. This event was hosted by USCIS on August 5, 2021. On July 21 and 30, 2021, USCIS announced that certain TPS applicants, submitting an initial registration application can now file Form I-821 as a standalone form or concurrently with Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Online filing allows applicants to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case online, and receive online notices from USCIS.
On August 4, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. We responded to questions submitted in advance and via chat during the webinar.
On August 4, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen. During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. We responded to questions submitted in advance and via chat during the webinar.
Correspondence regarding H-4 EAD renewal processing delays.
Correspondence regarding delays in DACA processing. 
Correspondence regarding U.S. Labor and Immigration Policy and Employment of Immigrant Workers.
Questions regarding pending asylum cases and the backlog. 
This module discusses membership in a particular social group (PSG), one of the protected grounds in the refugee definition codified in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The discussion describes membership in a particular social group (PSG) and examines its interpretation in administrative and judicial case law. The primary focus of this module is the determination as to whether an applicant has established that past harm suffered or future harm feared is on account of membership in a particular social group.
Correspondence from U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) proposing consideration of their CLEAR Program (Connecting Legally Entering Asylum seekers to Resources). 
Correspondence regarding processing delays for immigration benefits, particularly DACA and support for passage and enactment of the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act.
Correspondence requesting a rule change to allow asylum interviews via video. 
Correspondence regarding processing delays for immigration benefits, particularly DACA.
Correspondence with recommendations for the implementation of the TPS redesignation for Haiti. 
On June 24, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma (Myanmar). During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. We responded to questions submitted in advance and via chat during the webinar.
On June 24, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division (PED) held a stakeholder engagement to discuss Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma (Myanmar). During the webinar, USCIS provided an overview of TPS, explained eligibility requirements, and shared filing tips. We responded to questions submitted in advance and via chat during the webinar.
Correspondence regarding delays in the adjudication of OPT submissions. 
Correspondence regarding delays in processing I-539’s and I-765’s for H-4 visa holders.  
Instructional presentation of the Entrepreneur Parole Program hosted by USCIS on June 16, 2021.  International Entrepreneur (IE) Parole provides a framework for DHS to use its parole authority to grant a period of authorized stay, on a case-by-case basis, to foreign entrepreneurs who demonstrate that their stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit through their business venture and its potential for rapid business growth and job creation.

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