USCIS to Implement Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. This expansion of premium processing only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational executive and manager classification or E21 classification as a …

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USCIS Simplifying, Improving Communication of Case Processing Data so Public will have access to immediate, clear answers on case processing times

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. As part of an agency-wide commitment to improve transparency, efficiency, and customer service, the changes also make it easier for individuals to get an immediate answer on when they can …

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DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Ukraine and Sudan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today two Federal Register notices on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine and Sudan. These notices provide information about how to register for TPS under each country’s designation. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced the 18-month designation of Ukraine for TPS and the 18-month designation of Sudan for TPS. The registration process for both countries begins on …

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Secretary Mayorkas Designates Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of April 14, 2022, will be eligible for TPS. “The United States recognizes the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon, and we will provide temporary …

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Individuals Who Previously Received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Can Now File Forms I-821D and I-765 Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that individuals who previously received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may now fileForm I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, online. DACA requestors who submit a Form I-821D online must also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, which is available for online filing, …

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USCIS Alert: Data-Driven Strategic Approach for Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews

Effective April 7, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an updated policy adopting a risk-based, data-driven approach when waiving interviews for conditional permanent residents (CPR) who have filed a petition to remove the conditions on their permanent resident status. BackgroundNew criteria will guide USCIS officers on when to waive interviews for CPRs who filed …

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DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Additional Visas for Second Half of Fiscal Year 2022

The Department of Homeland Security today announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2022. These additional visas will be set aside for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, …

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USCIS Alert: FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season Updates

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. We …

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USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is announcing a trio of efforts to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system. USCIS will set new agency-wide backlog reduction goals, expand premium processing to additional form types, and work to improve timely access to employment authorization documents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic …

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EB-1 Alert: USCIS Updates Criteria to Prove EB-1 Green Card Eligibility

Those applying for either EB-1A extraordinary ability or EB-1B outstanding researcher and professor green cards should note positive changes in the way USCIS evaluates two eligibility criteria. Recently, the USCIS updated its guidance to its EB-1A and EB-1B policy manual as follows: Published material about the person in professional or major trade publications or other …

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