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DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective... Read More

Tags: report , oig , USCIS , automation , DHS

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haiti
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective Jan. 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. Current TPS Haiti... Read More

USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap
Posted on 7 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. ... Read More

Tags: cap , H-1B , USCIS

USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 Beginning April 1, 2014
Posted on 26 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Release Date: March 25, 2014 - "Premium Processing for Cap-Subject Petitions to Begin by April 28, 2014 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY... Read More

Tags: H-1B , april , 2015 , USCIS

USCIS Chief Takes Responsibility For Injunction Violation: Law360
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 18, 2015 - " The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on Friday that he accepted responsibility for about 2,000 expanded work permits going out in violation of a court injunction on two of the president's... Read More

USCIS Proposed Rule: Retention of EB–1, EB–2, and EB–3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers
Posted on 31 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 251 / Thursday, December 31, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to amend its regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The proposed amendments... Read More

USCIS Grants Green Card 41-Years Later, Finally Recognizes 1975 Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 12 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sveta Apodaca, June 9, 2016 - "In a series of recent decisions, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have recognized as valid the April 21, 1975 marriage of two gay men, Richard Adams and... Read More

USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications; Premium Processing Remains Suspended
Posted on 18 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Today, March 17, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice. Monday, March 16, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an... Read More

Tags: stay , motion , Perez , USCIS , H-2B

USCIS Rolls Out H-1B Fraud/Abuse Reporting System
Posted on 3 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 3, 2017 - "We have established an email address dedicated to receiving information about suspected H-1B fraud or abuse." Read More

Tags: Fraud , H-1B , abuse , USCIS

USCIS: Marooned on ELIS Island?
Posted on 16 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If there’s one thing politicians of all stripes can agree on, it’s this: The immigration system is broken. What’s less obvious is the extent to which that’s physically true. An online system that was supposed to automate... Read More

Tags: computer , elis , USCIS

Analysis of Key Provisions of the USCIS High-Skilled Worker Final Rule - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 21 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security issued final regulations on November 17, 2016 entitled “ Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers... Read More

Advance Copy of USCIS Proposed Rule: Parole for Entrepreneurs (Pub. Date Aug. 31, 2016)
Posted on 26 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/31/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its regulations implementing the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority... Read More

USCIS Needs to Transform its Transformation Program: GAO Report
Posted on 17 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, July 15, 2016 - "GAO is making 12 recommendations to improve Transformation Program management, including ensuring alignment among policy, guidance, and leading practices in areas such as Agile software development and systems integration and... Read More

USCIS Final Rule: Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers
Posted on 18 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. Specifically, the final rule provides various benefits to participants in... Read More

Notice of Proposed Settlement & Hearing in 'Reasonable Fear Determination' Class Action: Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson
Posted on 27 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND HEARING IN CLASS ACTION INVOLVING DETAINED NON-CITIZENS WHO ARE AWAITING A “REASONABLE FEAR DETERMINATION” ALFARO GARCIA, ET AL. V. JOHNSON, ET AL., Case No. 4:14-cv-01775-YGR IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT... Read More