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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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  • USCIS EXTENDING I-693 (Report of Medical Examination Record) VALIDITY TO 4 YEARS

    Beginning Aug. 12, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily extending the validity period for Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record , from two years to now four years due to COVID-19-related delays in processing. USCIS may consider a completed Form I-693 as valid if: The civil surgeon’s signature is dated no more than 60 days before the applicant filed ...
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  • USCIS Expands Partnership with Social Security Administration

    USCIS announced today applicants filing for lawful permanent resident status are now able to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement card as part of the adjustment of status application process. Previously, these individuals had to apply for a Social Security number through a corresponding I-765 Employment Authorization application or at a Social Security office. USCIS is revising ...
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  • USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT

    Pursuant to a court order , USCIS extended the flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. These flexibilities have been extended to include applications received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through Oct. 31, 2021, inclusive. Applicants can file Form I-765 up to 120 days before the program end date if the ...
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  • USCIS Conducts Second Random Selection from Previously Submitted FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    In March 2021, USCIS conducted an initial random selection on properly submitted electronic registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap. The initial filing period for those with selected registrations for FY 2022 was from April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. USCIS recently determined to select additional registrations to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. On July 28, 2021, it ...
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  • USCIS Updates Guidance for Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student

    The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides certain nonimmigrants the opportunity to request a change to a different nonimmigrant classification for which they qualify. USCIS has historically only granted applications to change to F-1 status that fall within 30 days of the program start date listed on the applicant’s Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (Form I20). ...
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  • District Court Vacates July 2019 USCIS Final Rule Revising EB-5 Regulations

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff, holding that DHS violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it promulgated the July 24, 2019, final rule amending its regulations for the EB-5 program, including providing priority date retention to certain EB-5 investors and increasing the required minimum investment ...
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  • Biometric Appointments Can now be Rescheduled by Calling USCIS

    USCIS announced that applicants, petitioners, requestors and beneficiaries may now call the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283) to reschedule their biometric services appointments scheduled at a USCIS Application Support Center. Previously, applicants had to submit requests in writing to reschedule their biometrics appointments. This change helps eliminate undue paperwork and allows USCIS to track ...
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  • FORM I-944 NO LONGER NECESSARY TO FILE GREEN CARD APPLICATIONS!!!

    USCIS is no longer applying the August 2019 Public Charge Final Rule. As a consequence, among other changes, USCIS will apply the public charge inadmissibility statute consistent with the 1999 Interim Field Guidance . In other words, USCIS is not considering an applicant’s receipt of Medicaid (except for long-term institutionalization at the government’s expense), public housing, or Supplemental ...
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  • USCIS Announces That FY2022 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Will Open On March 09, 2021

    USCIS announced that the initial registration period for FY2022 H-1B cap will open at noon (ET) on March 9 and run through noon (ET) on March 25 . During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registration. Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a ...
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  • USCIS Delays Rule Creating A Wage-Based

    H-1B CAP SELECTION PROCESS This year’s fiscal 2022 Cap registration process remains the same . USCIS has moved the effective date of the H-1B cap wage-based lottery system to December 31, 2021. What this means is that USCIS is changing the H-1B cap selection process from the random lottery process to the wage-based selection process effective December 31, 2021. The final rule will be published in ...
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  • USCIS Suspending In-Person Services Jan. 19 and 20

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it will temporarily suspend in-person services at all field offices, asylum offices and application support centers on Jan. 19 and 20 to ensure the safety of our employees and individuals with appointments. USCIS will reschedule individuals who had appointments on Jan. 19 and 20 and send them notices with their new appointment dates. The ...
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  • Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159 , signed into law on Oct. 1. The USCIS premium processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee to expedite the adjudication of certain forms, ...
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  • A Federal District Court Grants Injunction to Freeze USCIS Increase in Fees

    Several non-profit organizations filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS to prevent implementation of the USCIS Fee Schedule & Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements, 85 Fed. Reg. 46,788 (Aug. 3, 2020) (“Final Rule”) and to stay its effective date of October 2, 2020. The U.S. District Court for Northern District of California issued a nationwide ...
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  • USCIS Announces Delay in Data Entry and Receipt Notice Generation for FY 2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that petitioners should expect a delay in data entry and receipt notice generation for fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions until at least May 1, 2020, due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Beginning with the first day of filing, April 1, 2020, USCIS will not immediately enter data for FY 2021 cap-subject petitions ...
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  • USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

    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 Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will not accept any new requests for premium processing. USCIS will process any petition with a previously accepted Form I-907, ...
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  • 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 . Petitioners filing FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions will not be able to request premium processing when USCIS begins accepting cap-subject petitions on April 1. Until premium processing resumes for FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B ...
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  • USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

    USCIS announced a final rule that will impose a $10 registration fee requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap subject petitions on behalf of cap-subject beneficiaries. The rule is effective December 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the FY2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
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  • USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-539 and Provides Updates on Rollout Plan

    USCIS provided the following updates on the new Form I-539: An official copy of the revised Form I-539 and new form I-539A will be published on the USCIS website on March 8, 2019 . USCIS will continue accepting Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 until March 21, 2019, as long as it is received by USCIS by that date. USCIS will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 that is ...
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  • Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations

    USCIS is 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. Students and employers must report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity by submitting a modified Form I-983. Employers must report the STEM OPT student’s ...
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