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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

USCIS Revised Guidance on Informal ("Camp") Marriages (Feb. 14, 2022)
Posted on 15 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 14, 2022 "As of the date of this memorandum, RAIO is rescinding marriage guidance previously issued by RAIO divisions: "Guidance for the treatment of refugee cases that include an informal marriage to an RE-2 derivative spouse... Read More

Rescission of 2017 Policy Memorandum PM-602-0142
Posted on 10 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 3, 2022 "Effective immediately, USCIS rescinds PM-602-0142 “Rescission of the December 22, 2000 ‘Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions.’” USCIS officers should not apply PM-602-0142 to any pending or... 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

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

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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

USCIS NTA Policy Memo Update (Nov. 8, 2018)
Posted on 8 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 8, 2018 - "On June 28, 2018, USCIS issued a new Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum (PM) (PDF, 140 KB) providing guidance on when USCIS may issue Form I-862, Notice to Appear. An NTA is a document that instructs an individual to... Read More

USCIS Posts 2 New 'Material Support' Policy Memos; May 8, 2015
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PM-602-0112, May 8, 2015 - Implementation of the Discretionary Exemption Authority under Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for the Provision of Certain Limited Material Support PM-602-0113, May 8, 2015 - Implementation... Read More

The Empire Strikes Back: USCIS Rescinds Deference To Prior Approvals In Extension Requests - Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 30 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 30, 2017 - "The Trump administration is deriving great pleasure in causing pain to people who wish to lawfully come to the United States and remain here lawfully. It has caused H-1B carnage as more H-1B visa petitions are being... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Signatures on Paper Applications, Petitions, Requests, and Other Documents Filed with USCIS
Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 15, 2018 - "This policy memorandum (PM) finalizes the interim memorandum under the same title issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on June 7, 2016. It provides the current USCIS policy regarding the signature requirement... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites (Feb. 22, 2018)
Posted on 23 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 22, 2018 - "This policy memorandum (PM) establishes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites." Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status
Posted on 24 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 3, 2017 - Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status "This policy memorandum (PM) supersedes and rescinds the April 23, 2004... Read More

USCIS Posts Updated L-1B Adjudications Policy for Public Feedback
Posted on 25 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez today announced the release of an updated policy memorandum on the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for workers with specialized knowledge . The memorandum... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions. Specifically, this PM assists U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in determining whether or not a nursing position... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Updated Implementation of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement
Posted on 26 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to update the guidance previously provided to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) personnel in PM-602-0034: Implementation of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement... Read More