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USCIS Accepts Ombudsman's Recommendation to Adopt Parole Policy for U Visa Petitioners and Family Members

CISOMB, Sept. 7, 2016 - "USCIS has agreed [by letter dated Aug. 16, 2016] with the Ombudsman’s [June 16, 2016] recommendation to implement a parole policy for U visa petitioners and qualifying family members who live abroad. The U visa – available to individuals who have suffered substantial...

Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017 - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 12, 2016 - "On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N...

H-2B Employers Should Continue to Identify “Returning Workers” in Petitions for FY 2017 - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 13, 2017 - "USCIS urges prospective H-2B employers seeking to hire potential “returning workers” with employment start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2017 to continue to identify these workers and provide the H-2B Returning Worker Certification. The H-2B returning worker...

GAO on EB-5: Progress Made to Detect and Prevent Fraud, but Additional Actions Could Further Agency Efforts

GAO, Sept. 13, 2016 - "GAO recommends that USCIS develop a fraud risk profile that aligns with leading practices identified in GAO's Fraud Risk Framework. The Department of Homeland Security concurred with GAO's recommendation."

Which Chart to Use? USCIS Tells Us...

USCIS, Sept. 21, 2016 - "On Sept. 8, the Department of State published its Visa Bulletin for October 2016. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly report on visa availability. USCIS has determined that for the month of October 2016, applicants for all family-sponsored and employment-based preferences may...

USCIS RFE Templates Up for Comment: E-1, E-2

E-1 Employee of Treaty Trader RFE Template Review period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016 E-1 Treaty Trader RFE Template Review period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016 E-2 Employee of Treaty Investor RFE Template Review period: October 6, 2016 - October 21, 2016 E-2 Treaty Investor RFE...

USCIS Posts TRIG Hold Memo (Oct. 5, 2016)

USCIS, Oct. 5, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) revises the agency hold policy for association or activity involving terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG)."

USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Nov. 4, 2016

USCIS - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder meeting on Friday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to receive updates from the Asylum Division and engage with subject matter experts during a question-and-answer session. Participation...

USCIS Fee Schedule Final Rule; Effective Dec. 23, 2016

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 205 / Monday, October 24, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The fee schedule was last adjusted on November...

USCIS Policy Alert - Determining Extreme Hardship

USCIS, Oct 21, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on determinations of extreme hardship to qualifying relatives as required by certain statutory waiver provisions. This final guidance is adopted after publication of draft...

USCIS Policy Alert: Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status (Oct. 26, 2016)

POLICY ALERT – Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification and Special Immigrant-Based Adjustment of Status, October 26, 2016 - "​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) classification and special immigrant-based...

Why Matter of R-C-C-S-D- Matters

Jennifer Casey writes : "A reading of the statutory and regulatory requirements for a Q-1 cultural exchange program would suggest that many, if not most, language immersion schools should easily qualify for Q-1 designation. However, over the last decade, adjudications of Q-1 petitions by USCIS have...

USCIS to Centralize Processing of Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases

USCIS, Nov. 1, 2016 - "Starting on November 1, 2016, USCIS will centralize the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program . This means SIJ-based Form I-360 petitions and Form I-485 applications will primarily be adjudicated at one location, the National Benefits Center (NBC). USCIS will retain discretion...

USCIS Policy Alert - Definition of Certain Classes of Medical Conditions and Other Updates Relating to Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility

USCIS, Nov. 2, 2016 - "​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating guidance regarding health-related grounds of inadmissibility in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rulemaking updating Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 34 (42...

Recent USCIS Asylum Division Statistics (Nov. 1, 2016)

USCIS, Nov. 1, 2016 Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics - July 2016 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - August 2016 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - September 2016 (PDF) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics and Nationality Report (PDF) Credible Fear Workload Report...

USCIS Announces Addition of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Eligible Countries for the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

USCIS, Nov. 8, 2016 - "USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the coming year. The notice...

USCIS Revises Form I-9, Used for All New Hires in U.S.

USCIS, Nov. 14, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03...

Advance Copy of USCIS Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers Final Rule

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/18/2016 - "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...

USCIS Final Rule: Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

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 those programs, including the following: improved...

Analysis of Key Provisions of the USCIS High-Skilled Worker Final Rule - Cyrus Mehta

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 ” to provide relief to high skilled workers...

USCIS Policy Memo: Discretionary Options for Designated Spouses, Parents, and Sons and Daughters of Certain Military Personnel, Veterans, and Enlistees (Nov. 23, 2016)

USCIS, Nov. 23, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies and supplements guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in 2013 (“the 2013 PM”)1 with respect to designated family members of certain military personnel and veterans. Specifically, this PM provides...

Register for CIS Ombudsman's Sixth Annual Conference

CISOMB, Nov. 22, 2016 - " Register now for the CIS Ombudsman's Sixth Annual Conference! Space is limited. We invite you to join the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman for our Annual Conference. Registration is free. Date: December 6, 2016 Time: 8:30 am –...

USCIS Nov. 30, 2016 EB-5 Policy Alert

USCIS, Nov. 30, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the eligibility requirements for regional centers and immigrant investors."

Background Check Glitch Causes Some Oath Ceremonies to be Cancelled - AILA

AILA Doc. No. 16120261, December 2, 2016 - "In response to reports received regarding cancelled naturalization oath ceremonies, the AILA Field Operations Committee reached out to USCIS HQ and learned that on Monday, November 28, 2016, a computer coding error impacted the accuracy of the FBI background...

USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Feb. 7, 2017

USCIS, Dec. 7, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder meeting on Feb. 7, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to receive updates from the Asylum Division and engage with subject matter experts during a question-and-answer session...