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  • USCIS Aims to Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485

    USCIS announced that it will implement a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on location for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization , and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status . Since the end of 2015, the USCIS has experienced an increase in processing times due to higher than expected volumes received during fiscal years (FY) ...
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  • USCIS Launches eProcessing Strategy to Accelerate Transition to a Digital Business Model

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new strategy for eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’ transition to a digital model. The goal is to provide a complete digital experience for applicants, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through receiving a decision on a case. Certain business visitors, tourist visitors, and vocational students ...
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  • USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    USCIS recently completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. What Does This Mean? As in the past, USCIS will be returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that weren’t selected and will issue an announcement once they are done notifying ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
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  • USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

    On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced that they will be extending the previously announced suspension of premium processing for H-1B quota petitions and that the suspension of premium processing will also be expanded to include other H-1B petitions. Importantly, the expanded temporary suspension will apply to ALL H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers (except for those ...
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  • Does the Government Shutdown Affect Immigration Matters?

    There are has been an enormous amount of concern and confusion surrounding the current government shutdown, especially those who are federal employees or receive federal subsidies. While the main issue for the shutdown is immigration , specifically building a “steel wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, most immigration processes remain ongoing. The following blog post answers the most frequently asked ...
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  • USCIS Issues Stricter Guidance on RFEs and NOIDs

    On July 13, 2018, USCIS issued new policy guidelines for their adjudicators, conferring them the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request for immigration benefits without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), in instances where the initial evidence is not submitted or if evidence in the record does not establish eligibility. The new policy ...
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  • USCIS Proposes to End the International Entrepreneur Rule

    Last year, USCIS introduced the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) under which the Department of Homeland Security may use its parole authority to grant a period of authorized stay to foreign entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that their stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit through their start-up business. IER parole may be granted for up to three entrepreneurs ...
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  • USCIS Announces the Launch of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST)

    On May 30, 2018, USCIS announced that they are transitioning Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests entirely online. A FOIA Request may be made to obtain copies of your immigration file from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of State. With the launch of this new system, requesters will eventually be ...
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  • USCIS Releases New Policy Memorandum Regarding the Use of DNA Evidence to Support Sibling Relationships

    Under this new policy, USCIS officers may now suggest DNA testing to petitioners and consider direct sibling-to-sibling DNA test results. Under the immigration laws, a sibling relationship requires that the petitioner and the beneficiary share at least one common parent. Primary evidence of a sibling relationship consists of birth and marriage certificates. However, if primary evidence is ...
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