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  • FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

    Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online H-1B registration system. Prospective H-1B ...
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  • USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with a Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829

    USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence , or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date . This change started on January 11, 2023, for Form I-829 and will start on January 25, ...
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  • USCIS Must Now Adjudicate H-4, H-4 EAD, and L-2 Together with I-129

    Major settlement requires USCIS to adjudicate H-4, H-4 EAD, and L-2 together with Form I-129. This historic settlement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Edakunni v. Mayorkas, provides structural changes for nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses suffering from long-delayed processing times which often lead to delayed employment authorization. These delays started due to the institution ...
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  • USCIS Announces Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions and Future Expansion for F-1 Students Seeking OPT and Certain Student and Exchange Visitors

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing the final phase of the premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers , under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Unlike previous phases of the expansion, this phase applies to new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational executive and ...
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  • USCIS Plans to Possibly Update the Naturalization Test

    Individuals in the process of transitioning from a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Status to obtaining their U.S. Citizenship are required to take a naturalization test. This test has four (4) components: reading, writing, civics, and the ability to speak English. USCIS plans to conduct a five (5) month trial in 2023 to see whether updates to the current naturalization test are needed. ...
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  • USCIS Guidance on Expedited EADs for Healthcare and Childcare Workers

    If you are a healthcare worker or a childcare worker who has a valid immigration status and has an initial Application for Employment Authorization ( Form I-765 ), that has been pending for over 90 days, you can request expedited processing. USCIS had previously announced this flexibility for qualifying healthcare and childcare workers with a pending employment authorization document (EAD) renewal ...
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  • USCIS to Implement Next Phase of Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing the next phase of the premium processing expansion for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers , under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Similar to the first phase and second phase of the expansion, this phase only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap

    USCIS announced that they have received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2023. USCIS states that they have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations ...
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  • USCIS to Implement Second Phase of Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing the second phase of the premium processing expansion for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers , under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Similar to the first phase of the expansion, this phase only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational ...
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  • USCIS Temporary Final Rule Increasing Automatic Extension Period for certain EADs

    USCIS temporary final rule providing that the automatic extension period applicable to expiring EADs for certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765 will be increased from up to 180 days to up to 540 days from the expiration date stated on their EADs. This increase will be available to eligible renewal applicants with pending Forms I-765 as of 5/4/22, including those applicants whose ...
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  • USCIS Updates Guidance on Employment Authorization for E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses

    On Nov. 12, 2021, USCIS issued a policy announcement confirming that E and L spouses are employment authorized based on their valid E or L nonimmigrant status. Since the November 2021 announcement, the Department of Homeland Security added new Class of Admission (COA) codes to distinguish between E and L spouses and children. As of Jan. 30, 2022, USCIS and CBP began issuing Forms I-94 with the ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap

    USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. They have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2022 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS Decoupling Adjudication of EADs and Advance Paroles to Expedite EAD Issuance

    Over the last several days, we have received numerous reports from clients that they are receiving approved employment authorization documents (EADs) that do not include advance parole (AP) travel authorization, even though the applicant had requested both benefits. When an applicant requested both an EAD and advance parole, USCIS had previously been issuing “combination cards” that included both ...
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  • USCIS Updates Guidelines on Maximum Validity Periods for New Employment Authorization Documents for Certain Applicants

    USCIS today published an updated policy guidance that is effective immediately to change the maximum validity period that may be granted for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to certain applicants, as well as to provide general guidance on adjudicating Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. USCIS will generally grant new and renewed EADs that are valid for two years ...
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  • BREAKING NEWS: USCIS Announces FY 2023 H1-B Cap Registration Period

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon EST on March 1 st , 2022, and run through noon EST on March 18 th , 2022 . During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using USCIS’ online H-1B registration system. Prospective ...
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  • USCIS ENCOURAGES INTERFILING (based on eligibility)

    USCIS may, in its discretion, grant a transfer of EB-3 to EB-2 filing, if: You have continuously maintained eligibility for adjustment of status; Your AOS is still pending; You are eligible for that category; and A visa is immediately available. Submit a written request along with a Supplement J to USICS. If you have previously submitted an interfiling request, USICS asks that you do not send a ...
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  • USCIS Guidance on Expedited EADs for Healthcare Workers

    Effective immediately, if you are a healthcare worker who has a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal application (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and your EAD expires in 30 days or less or has already expired, you can request expedited processing of your EAD application. To determine whether you are a qualifying healthcare worker, see this DHS advisory ...
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  • All Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Applicants May Now File Forms I-821 and I-765 Online

    USCIS announced that as of Nov. 29, 2021 all applicants eligible to file for TPS under one of the current country designations below may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online. The following countries are currently designated for TPS: • Burma (Myanmar) • El Salvador • Haiti • Honduras • Nepal • Nicaragua • ...
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  • USCIS Settlement Reverses Policy Prohibiting H-4 Spouses Automatic Work Extension and Provides Automatic Work Authorization for L2s Prior to Working in the U.S.

    Relief has come for nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses suffering from long delayed processing times for employment authorization. Spouses in H-4 status always met the regulatory test for automatic extension of EADs, but USCIS previously prohibited them from that benefit and forced them to wait for reauthorization. Now, H4 spouses, who continue to have H4 status, are eligible for automatic extension ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Settlement Agreement in H-1B Market Research Analyst Class Action

    USCIS reached a settlement agreementin the case of MadKudu Inc., et al. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al., No. 20-cv-2653 (N.D. Cal.). On Oct. 19, 2021, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. This agreement outlines new, overarching guidance for adjudicating pending or future H-1B petitions for the position of market research analysts under the H-1B program. ...
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  • COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record . This will require applicants subject to the immigration medical ...
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  • USCIS EXTENDS TIME TO USE RECEIPT NOTICES AS EVIDENCE OF STATUS FROM 18 TO 24 MONTHS

    Starting Sept. 4, 2021, USCIS is extending the time that receipt notices can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence , or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status . They are making the change from 18 to 24 months to accommodate current processing ...
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  • Cap Reached for Remaining H-2B Visas for Returning Workers for FY 2021

    USCIS has received enough petitions for returning workers to reach the additional 22,000 H-2B visas made available under the FY 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule . They will reject and return any cap-subject petitions for H-2B returning workers received after Aug. 13, along with any accompanying fees. USCIS began accepting additional H-2B petitions for returning workers on July 23 ...
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  • STARTING OCTOBER 1, 2021, COVID 19 VACCINATIONS REQUIRED FOR APPLICANTS APPLYING FOR LPR OR REFUGEE STATUS

    Starting October 1, 2021, USCIS and the U.S. Department of State will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all applicants applying for refugee or lawful permanent residence, with some exceptions . Specifically, all applicants who receive their medical examination from a Civil Surgeon or Panel Physician on or after October 1, 2021 , must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series and provide documentation ...
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  • USCIS 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed New Forms I-129E&TN, I-129L, I-129MISC, and I-129O

    USCIS issued a 60-day notice and request for comments on proposed new Forms I-129E&TN, I-129L, I-129MISC, and I-129O. USCIS is separating Form I-129 into several individual forms. Form I-129E & TN will collect information for the E and the TN programs. Form I-129L will collect information for the L nonimmigrant program. Form I-129MISC will collect information for H-3, P, Q, or R classifications. ...
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