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Q&A from AILA/USCIS/ICE Liaison Meeting, Nov. 10, 2016

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2016 - "On November 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

USCIS Policy Manual Technical Update: Clarifying Designated Periods of Hostilities for Naturalization under INA 329 (December 13, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 13, 2016 - This technical update clarifies that, for purposes of naturalization under INA 329, the current period designated by Presidential Executive Order 13269 (July 3, 2002), as a period in which the U.S. armed forces are considered to be engaged in armed conflict with a hostile foreign...

USCIS Publishes Interim Rule on T Nonimmigrant Status

USCIS, Dec. 19, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing the requirements and procedures for victims of human trafficking who seek T nonimmigrant status. DHS is also streamlining procedures, responding to public comments, and providing guidance on the...

USCIS Policy Alert on Registry (Dec. 21, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 21, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance addressing registration of lawful permanent resident (LPR) status."

USCIS Fee Changes Take Effect Dec. 23, 2016

USCIS, Dec. 23, 2016 - "USCIS reminds applicants and petitioners to pay our new fees with forms postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, 2016, or we will not be able to accept the filings. We will only accept previous fees if they are postmarked Dec. 22 or earlier. Beginning on Dec. 23, you will...

Ho, Ho, Ho? USCIS Launches 44 Form Updates, Without Warning

USCIS, Dec. 23, 2016 (Be sure to scroll through five pages!) From AILA , Dec. 23, 2016 - "Today, December 23, 2016, USCIS posted a large number of new form versions. The forms all have an effective date of today, December 23, 2016, and the website indicates that no other versions of the forms...

USCIS Backtracks on New Forms, Date of Acceptance

USCIS, Dec. 29, 2016 - "When new fees for most USCIS forms went into effect on December 23, 2016, we published updated versions of the forms at uscis.gov/forms . We strongly encourage customers to submit these new versions, which are updated with the new fees and have an edition date of 12/23/16...

More USCIS Form Revisions: I-134, I-602 (Dec. 29, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 29, 2016 - I-134 - I-602

Q&A from Nov. 4, 2016 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

USCIS, Nov. 4, 2016 - Questions and Answers, USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Friday, November 4, 2016

Q&A from Sept. 20, 2016 USCIS Provisional Waiver Engagement

USCIS, Sept. 20, 2016 - Questions and Answers, Provisional Waiver Engagement, September 20, 2016

USCIS Posts Technical Updates to Vol. 12 of Policy Manual (Jan. 5, 2017)

USCIS, Jan. 5, 2017 - Technical Update – Clarifying Intent to Reside in United States for Naturalization Purposes January 05, 2017 This technical update clarifies that naturalization applicants are not required to intend to reside permanently in the United States after becoming...

ACLU Practice Advisory: USCIS's Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP)

Katie Traverso and Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU of Southern California - "This advisory discusses United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (“USCIS”) Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program, or “CARRP.” In 2008, USCIS created CARRP as its policy for...

Q&A from AILA/USCIS International Operations Nov. 9, 2016 Meeting

USCIS, Nov. 9, 2016 - "On November 9, 2016, the USCIS International Operations Division hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS discussed issues related to operations and various services, including I-130s, Transportation Letters, Adoptions and Humanitarian or Significant Public Benefit...

USCIS Final Rule: International Entrepreneur Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - "This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to implement the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority in order to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job...

USCIS Policy Memo: The Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews (Jan. 17, 2017)

USCIS, Jan. 17, 2017 - "To advance consistent standards for interpretation in interviews conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the role and use of interpreters in certain interviews conducted in USCIS domestic field...

Recent USCIS Form Updates (Jan. 17-19, 2017)

USCIS January 19, 2017 Update to Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status New edition dated 01/18/17. Starting 03/20/17, USCIS will only accept the 01/18/17 edition. Until then, you can use previous editions dated 07/29/14, 5/04/12, 02/01/11, and 03/30/09. January 17...

USCIS Policy Memo: Change of Gender Designation on USCIS Documents (Jan. 19, 2017)

USCIS, Jan. 19, 2017 - "This policy memorandum (PM) and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) update U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy regarding procedures and requirements to change the gender designation on a USCIS-issued document."

Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016 - USCIS

USCIS, Jan. 23, 2017 - "Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the 11/14/2016 N version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification , to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization...

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...