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USCIS Clarifies Evidence Requirements Under LRIF
Posted on 18 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 17, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it is updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding eligibility for adjustment of status under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF). The updated... Read More

Tags: LRIF , USCIS

Will There Be Justice For Zee?
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Randy Evans, June 16, 2021 "Zalmay Niazy, now in his 30s, is not just another of the countless foreign-born people who dream of living, working and raising families in the United States. He is a native of Afghanistan and served our nation during... Read More

Joint DHS/DOS Statement on Central American Minors Program
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, DOS, June 15, 2021 - Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program "The following joint statement was released by Secretary Alejandro... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Bona Fide Determination Process for Victims of Qualifying Crimes, and Employment Authorization and Deferred Action for Certain Petitioners
Posted on 14 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 14, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on employment authorization and deferred action for principal petitioners for U nonimmigrant status and qualifying family... Read More

USCIS Announces Lockbox Filing Flexibilities
Posted on 10 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 10, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will offer filing flexibilities to provide relief to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delays at a USCIS lockbox. These flexibilities only apply to benefit requests submitted... Read More

Tags: USCIS

Three New USCIS Policy Updates (June 9, 2021)
Posted on 9 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 9, 2021 " Expedited Processing Under the updated expedite criteria policy (PDF, 293.62 KB) , benefit requestors and USCIS officers are provided further guidance on when expedited processing may be warranted. Additionally, nonprofit... Read More

Tags: ead , noid , policy memo , rfe , USCIS

USCIS Runs Out of "Extra" H-2B Visas...in Five Days
Posted on 3 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 3, 2021 "Under the recently announced H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule, USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 16,000 H-2B visas made available for returning workers only. We continue to accept... Read More

Tags: USCIS , H-2B

USCIS Policy Update: Naturalization Eligibility and Voter Registration Through a State’s Benefit Application Process (May 27, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 27, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Clarifies that USCIS will not penalize an applicant who unknowingly or unwilfully registers to vote. • Clarifies that USCIS does not consider an applicant to have unlawfully registered to vote... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Preserving Continuous Residence and Physical Presence for Purposes of Naturalization while Engaged in Religious Duties Outside the United States (May 25, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 25, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Specifies that applicants engaged outside the United States in a qualifying religious vocation provided under INA 317 must file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes (Form... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Veterans Residing Outside the United States and Naturalization (May 28, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 28, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Clarifies that naturalization interviews for veterans (non-current members of the U.S. armed forces) residing outside the United States must take place in the United States, but USCIS may, in its discretion... Read More

Unleashing International Entrepreneurs to Help U.S. Economy Recover from Pandemic
Posted on 20 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dan Berger, Steve Yale-Loehr, Doug Rand, Leon Rodriguez, Lindsay Milliken, Kelli Duehning, Megan Kludt, Jeff Goldman, and Michael Serotte, May 20, 2021 "In 2014, then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson issued a memo... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Proposals for Shattering Barriers and Obstacles to Legal Immigration Without Waiting for Congress to Act
Posted on 19 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, May 19, 2021 "Re: USCIS-2021-0004, Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services; Request for Public Input I would like to propose ideas that would provide relief to beneficiaries... Read More

Tags: mehta , USCIS

DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program
Posted on 10 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 10, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the Department of Homeland Security is withdrawing a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking that proposed to remove the International Entrepreneur program from DHS... Read More

DHS Withdraws Proposed EAD, Biometrics Rules
Posted on 7 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/10/2021 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on November 19, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise... Read More

Tags: proposed rule , cbp , USCIS , DHS , ICE

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance on Deference to Previous Decisions
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 27, 2021 "USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual instructing officers to give deference to prior determinations when adjudicating extension requests involving the same parties and facts unless there was a material... Read More