USCIS DACA Final Rule Reminders

On Aug. 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that will preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The new rule: Maintains the existing threshold criteria for DACA; Retains the existing process for DACA requestors to seek employment authorization; and Affirms the longstanding policy that DACA …

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Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

  From USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds the public that we offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters in the United States and abroad. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the flooding in Pakistan and Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico.The following measures may be available …

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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 H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2023. Sept. 12, 2022 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2023. USCIS …

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USCIS Resumes Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program Operations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is resuming operations under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) program beginning with pending CFRP program applications. In September, USCIS will begin mailing program information notices to petitioners with pending CFRP program applications. Petitioners should review the information carefully for updates and other information about next steps.    USCIS also has begun mailing interview notices to CFRP program petitioners with instructions for the beneficiary interview. On Aug. 18, …

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Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

On Sept. 2, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice extending and expanding eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians for 24 months. On June 27, 2022, President Biden issued a Memorandum on Extending and Expanding Eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians to the secretaries of state and homeland security …

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Eligible Liberians may apply for EADs through June 30, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a Federal Register notice for the extension and expansion of eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians and explaining how eligible Liberians may apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). On June 27, President Biden issued a memorandum extending and expanding DED for Liberians for 24 months. Eligible Liberian nationals covered …

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Justice Department Secures Settlement With Texas Harvesting Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with A. Olivarez Harvesting LLC (Olivarez). The settlement resolves a claim that Olivarez discriminated against two U.S. citizens based on their citizenship status when it denied them crop harvesting positions it had promised them and instead filled the jobs with temporary visa …

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Final Rule 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) final rule, which has been posted for public inspection on the Federal Register’s website. The final rule generally codifies existing policies with limited amendments to preserve and fortify DACA.   BackgroundOn Sept. 28, 2021, DHS published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for DACA. …

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USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 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) 2023.We have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the …

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