USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will continue to accept new applications except for the EB-5 regional center program, E-Verify, and non-minister religious …

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USCIS Offices Will Close Tomorrow December 5 for Day of Mourning

USCIS Press Release: President Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to remember the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Accordingly, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed Wednesday. USCIS will reschedule all naturalization ceremonies, interviews, and appointments set …

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Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by  USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”)  in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS announced a new policy about the validity period for a medical examination report (Form I-693).   …

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November 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is still April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of June 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those …

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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2018. There has been significant improvement for many categories as compared to this month's visa bulletin. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who still have a cutoff date of January …

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USCIS Begins Implementing New Policy to Refer Certain Denied Applicants to Deportation Court

Starting today, October 1, 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) may issue Notices to Appear (NTA) on denied applications which terminate the applicant's status, including but not limited to, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (green card), and Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. A NTA starts the …

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How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the "case inquiry date"  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center) is one …

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Fact Sheet: How the Government Estimates Application Processing Times

Immigration applicants often want to know how much time it will take to get a decision on their applications.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does publish processing time estimates,  found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Applicants should keep in mind that the expected processing times are only estimates, which may not be accurate. The USCIS has recently …

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USCIS announces TPS re-registration for qualified Nepal citizens living in the U.S.

USCIS announcement - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nepal’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register between May 22, 2018, and July 23, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization …

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USCIS announces new, more secure delivery of approved green cards, requiring applicant ID and signature.

From USCIS press release - WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. The first phase will affect documents that need to be …

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