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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...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility (Dec. 14, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "Policy Highlights • Describes the difference between inadmissibility for a false claim to U.S. citizenship and inadmissibility for fraud and willful misrepresentation. • Explains what constitutes a false claim to U.S. citizenship, including the type of evidence...

USCIS Announces Extension of Parole for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens, CNMI

USCIS, Dec. 13, 2016 - "To allow immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain “stateless” individuals to maintain legal status in the CNMI, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the parole program for these relatives, effective immediately, until December...

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."