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USCIS Fact Sheet: Automatic Extensions of Some EADs (Jan. 30, 2017)

USCIS, Jan. 30, 2017 - Automatic Extensions of EADs Provided by the “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” Final Rule

Stats, Docs from Feb. 7, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (UPDATED Mar. 6, 2017)

Stats, Docs from Feb. 7, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting - Questions and Answers (PDF, 256 KB) Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics - October 2016 (PDF, 59 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - November 2016 (PDF, 59 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - December...

USCIS Updates M-274 Handbook for Employers (Jan. 22, 2017)

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M-274 Table of Changes (USCIS, Jan. 22, 2017)

Table of Changes for Revised M-274, (Rev. 01/22/17) - The purpose of this document is to outline the significant changes made to the M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

USCIS Asylum Div. Revises Credible Fear / Reasonable Fear Lesson Plans (Feb. 2017)

In a memo dated Feb. 13, 2017 , USCIS Asylum Division Chief John Lafferty released revised updated versions of the Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plans, Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations , and Reasonable Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations , set to take...

USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS, Mar. 3, 2017 - "Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for...

DHS OIG Report: H-2 Petition Fee Structure Is Inequitable and Contributes to Processing Errors (Mar. 6, 2017)

DHS OIG, Mar. 6, 2017 - "USCIS’ H-2 petition fee structure is inequitable and contributes to processing errors. Federal guidelines indicate that beneficiaries should pay the cost of services from which they benefit. However, USCIS charged employers a flat fee of $325 per H-2 petition ($460...

Q&A from USCIS Intl. Ops. / AILA Feb. 15, 2017 Meeting

Questions and Answers, USCIS International Operations – American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Meeting, February 15, 2017 - "On February 15, 2017, the USCIS International Operations Division representatives from the Mexico City and San Salvador Field Offices participated in an engagement...

USCIS Rolls Out H-1B Fraud/Abuse Reporting System

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

USCIS H-1B Memo on Computer-Related Positions (Mar. 31, 2017)

USCIS, Mar. 31, 2017 - "This policy memorandum (PM) supersedes and rescinds the December 22, 2000 memorandum titled “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions” issued to Nebraska Service Center (NSC) employees by Terry Way."

USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Visa Cap

USCIS, Apr. 7, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s...

Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch - USCIS

USCIS, Apr. 6, 2017 - "If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published...

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

USCIS, Apr. 19, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing...

Will Trump Break Promise to Haitians, Cancel TPS?

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Apr. 20, 2017 - " President Trump's immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians allowed to remain in the United States following a series of natural disasters that have crippled the poverty-stricken Caribbean...

USCIS Recommendation to Terminate TPS for Haiti (Apr. 10, 2017)

In a memo dated Apr. 10, 2017 , USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament recommended to DHS Secretary Kelly that Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for certain Haitians be terminated, effective Jan. 22, 2018: "...USCIS has concluded that the conditions in Haiti no longer support Its designation...

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some people suing the government for not fulfilling...

Feds Release Immigrant Arrested at USCIS While Applying for Green Card

Milton J. Valencia, Boston Globe, May 5, 2017 - "In a sudden reversal, federal authorities agreed Friday to free a national of the Dominican Republic who was arrested by immigration authorities in March at a government office in Lawrence while filing paperwork to become a legal US resident. The...

FOIA Backlog Skyrockets at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

TRAC, May 8, 2017 - "The backlog of unprocessed FOIA requests to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to climb. In just a two-year period, the backlog of unanswered FOIA requests has tripled, climbing from 17,998 at the end of December 2014 to 46,550 at the end of December...

"Paranoid" Pentagon Has "Destroyed" MAVNI Program

Alex Horton, Stars & Stripes, May 18, 2017 - "Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries would be vital to U.S. and Afghan forces roiled...

Expert: Grassley/Cissna Letters "Exhibit an Overall Anti-Immigrant View"

Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, May 23, 2017 - "Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years as a lawyer, government employee, diplomat and...

USCIS Letter Outlines Proposed H-1B Reforms, Enforcement Efforts

Read the May 24, 2017 McCament letter here .

New AAO Adopted Decision and USCIS Policy Memo: Matter of A-T- Inc, Adopted Decision 2017-04 (AAO May 23, 2017)

Matter of A-T- Inc, Adopted Decision 2017-04 (AAO May 23, 2017) - Matter of A-T- Inc clarifies that, in order to qualify for an H-1B numerical cap exemption based upon a master’s or higher degree, the conferring institution must have qualified as a “United States institution of higher education”...

Expert: H-1B Compliance Reviews, Site Visits Likely to Increase

Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg BNA, June 1, 2017 - "The USCIS will continue the increased site visits to see that employers comply with H-1B rules, Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School , told Bloomberg BNA May 31. Unannounced site visits also are part of...

Expert: 'Unprecedented' Arrest of Asylum Applicant at Miami USCIS Interview

Nicholas Kulish, NYT, June 13, 2017 - "Marco Coello, then a skinny 18-­year-­old high school student, was grabbed by plainclothes agents of the Venezuelan security services as he joined a 2014 demonstration against the government in Caracas. They put a gun to his head. They attacked him...

USCIS Policy Alert: Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829

USCIS, June 14, 2017, PA-2017-01 Policy Alert SUBJECT: Job Creation and Capital At Risk Requirements for Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829 Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to provide further guidance regarding the job creation...