Immigration Law

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AILA MAP Victory: USCIS Updates Interpretation of “Under Honorable Conditions” for Military Naturalization
Posted on 2 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 2, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is publishing an update to its Policy Manual to clarify that a current or former service member who received an uncharacterized discharge may be eligible for naturalization under sections... Read More

USCIS Updates Guidance for O-1 Petitions with a Focus on STEM Fields
Posted on 22 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 22, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today updated its Policy Manual to provide further guidance on evidence that can be used to support a petition for an O-1A nonimmigrant of extraordinary ability with a focus on science... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Legislative Changes and Transition Affecting Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visas
Posted on 21 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 20, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on the transition of the responsibility to adjudicate certain Afghan special immigrant visa (SIV) petitions to the U.S... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: 212(a)(9)(B) Policy Manual Guidance
Posted on 27 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 24, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on inadmissibility under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), specifically, the effect of... Read More

CISOMB: Updated Information on Employment-based Form I-485 Supplement J Receipt Notices, Case Status, and Medical Records
Posted on 22 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CISOMB web alert, June 22, 2022 "Dear Stakeholder, Our office continues to receive a significant number of requests for case assistance related to pending employment-based adjustment of status applications. We understand the time-sensitive nature... Read More

Tags: ombudsman , USCIS

USCIS Publishes Two New Forms for Regional Center Program
Posted on 13 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 13, 2022 - "On Friday, May 13, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published two new forms: Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation , and I-956H, Bona Fides of Persons Involved with Regional Center Program... Read More

USCIS Changes Processing Times Website
Posted on 5 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 5, 2022 "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... Read More

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 3, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to... Read More

USCIS Stops Applying Certain EAD Provisions for Asylum Applicants
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 28, 2022 "Effective Feb. 8, 2022, USCIS has stopped applying 2 rules: The Removal of 30-day Processing Provision for Asylum Applicant-Related Form I-765 Employment Authorization Applications Rule (also known as the Timeline Repeal... Read More

Groups File Complaint Against Houston Asylum Office
Posted on 27 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, SPLC et al., Apr. 27, 2022 - Systemic Deficiencies at the Houston Asylum Office in Assessments of Credible and Reasonable Fear Cause Harm and Irreversible Damage to Asylum Seekers "We, the undersigned organizations, jointly file this complaint... Read More

Tags: Houston , USCIS , asylum

USCIS Announces Online Filing for DACA Renewal Forms
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 12, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that individuals who previously received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may now file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action... Read More

Tags: daca , USCIS

USCIS Implements Risk-Based Approach for Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews
Posted on 7 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 7, 2022 - Interview Waiver Criteria for Family-Based Conditional Permanent Residents "Policy Highlights • Updates interview waiver criteria by providing that USCIS officers may consider waiving an interview if, generally, the applicant... Read More

Advance Copy of Premium Processing Final Rule
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/30/2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending DHS premium processing regulations to codify statutory changes made by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021... Read More

USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 29, 2022 "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... Read More

Extraordinary Ability Policy Alert (Mar. 23, 2022)
Posted on 23 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 23, 2022 - Qualifying Published Material and Scope of Leading or Critical Role in Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professor or Researcher Visa Classifications "USCIS is updating its guidance about two evidentiary criteria relating... Read More