What You Should Know About the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)

Have you ever had an interaction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), during which you believe your civil rights and civil liberties were infringed? Did you know that you can file a formal complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)? The CRCL supports DHS by ensuring civil rights and …

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USCIS Announces Extension of Proof of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months with Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829

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. We are making the change …

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How to Request USCIS Ombudsman’s Individual Case Assistance

Did you know that the USCIS has an official ombudsman?  The CIS Ombudsman’s Office works with applicants to improve the quality of citizenship/immigration services  by helping applicants with resolving certain case issues. The current seventh Ombudsman is Phyllis Coven. Her office can help with: Cases that are taking longer than the estimated processing timeTypographic errors …

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Justice Department Settles with Large Health Care Organization to Resolve Software-Based Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

The Department of Justice announced today that it reached a settlement with Ascension Health Alliance (Ascension), a Missouri-based health care organization with more than 2,600 sites – including 146 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The settlement resolves the department’s claims that Ascension violated the Immigration …

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USICS Announcement that Cap Reached for Remaining H-2B Visas for Returning Workers for FY 2021

As Aug. 13, 2021, the 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. We will reject and return any cap-subject petitions for H-2B returning workers received after Aug. 13, together with any accompanying fees. As previously announced, we …

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DHS Seeks Public Comment on Public Charge Rule-making

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking data and information from the public that DHS intends to use to develop a public charge regulatory proposal. The purpose of public comment is to ensure that the proposal is fair, consistent with law, and informed by relevant data and evidence. Public comment also will help DHS …

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USCIS Reaches Settlement Agreement in “No Blank Space Rejection Policy” Case

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reached a settlement agreement in the case of Vangala et al. v. USCIS et al., No. 4:20-cv-08143(N.D. Cal.). The agreement allows certain individuals to receive updated receipt dates for resubmitted immigration benefit applications or petitions originally rejected under the former “No Blank Space” rejection policy. Under this former policy, USCIS rejected filings …

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Justice Department Settles with Iowa-Based Nursing Home and Management Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

The Department of Justice announced today that it reached a settlement with JP Senior Healthcare LLC and JP Senior Management LLC, resolving the department’s claims that these companies violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against a Latino employee based on assumptions that the worker was not a U.S. citizen. JP Senior Management …

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U.S. expands Citizenship Eligibility for Children born Overseas through Surrogacy or In Vitro Fertilization

The Biden administration recently expanded the eligibility of certain children born overseas through assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART is used to treat infertility and conceive children through various techniques such as surrogacy or in vitro fertilization. Until this new policy change, the US could deny citizenship to children conceived through ART and born abroad, even …

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Lawsuit Seeks to Prevent USCIS’s Potential Waste of Thousands of Employment-Based Visas

Each year, the US immigration system allocates  approximately 140,000 employment-based green cards that are distributed to applicants based on country of birth and other criteria. Despite the high demand for these green cards, the government often fails to issue all of the available green cards in a fiscal year. This failure is devastating because the …

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