June 23, 2020. USCIS Statement on Presidential Proclamation
“Monday’s presidential proclamation temporarily restricts certain categories of visas from being issued to protect jobs for American workers while our economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. This does not affect those currently working in the U.S. on valid H-1B or similar visas.
May 29, 2020. USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.
April 1, 2020. FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration.
Sept. 28, 2018 F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018
F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remains pending on Oct. 1, 2018, risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after Oct. 1 (unless otherwise authorized to continue employment), as their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through Sept. 30.
Sept. 26, 2018 USCIS to Begin Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear
will begin implementing the June 28 Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum (PM) on Oct. 1, 2018.
Aug. 31, 2018 USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee
Fee Increase Consistent with the Consumer Price Index
Aug. 28, 2018 USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays
USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions.
Aug. 17, 2018 Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations
USCIS is updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program.
July 30, 2018 Updated Guidance on the Implementation of Notice to Appear Policy Memorandum
Policy Memorandum 602-0050.1, Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens, was issued on June 28, 2018 and instructed USCIS components to create or update operational guidance on NTAs and Referrals to ICE (RTIs), to be issued within 30 days of the Policy Memorandum.
July 13, 2018 USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Certain Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny
Today USCIS posted a policy memorandum that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility.
July 5, 2018 USCIS Updates Notice to Appear Policy Guidance to Support DHS Enforcement Priorities
USCIS issued updated guidance today that aligns our policy for issuing Form I-862, Notice to Appear, with the immigration enforcement priorities of the Department of Homeland Security.
April 12, 2018 USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019
On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2019.
April 6, 2018 USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap
USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019.
March 20, 2018 USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions
Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. We will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
Feb. 22, 2018 USCIS Strengthens Protections to Combat H-1B Abuses
USCIS has published a policy memorandum making clear that USCIS may request detailed documentation to ensure a legitimate employer-employee relationship is maintained while an employee is working at a third-party worksite.
Oct. 23, 2017 USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions
Under updated policy guidance, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
Oct. 3, 2017 Premium Processing Now Available for All Petitioners Seeking H-1B Visas
USCIS resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions.
Oct. 2, 2017 New USCIS Form Streamlines Process to Obtain a Work Authorization Document and Social Security Number Simultaneously
Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The USCIS will share the information on updated new form.
Sept. 28, 2017 Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients that they have one week to properly file their DACA renewal requests and associated applications for employment authorization.
Sept. 20, 2017 Employers Must Use Form I-9 With a Revision Date of 07/17/17 N
Beginning Sept. 18, 2017, employers must use Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with revision date 07/17/17 N, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization of current employees (if applicable).
Sept. 19, 2017 USCIS No Longer Accepting Petitions for One-Time Increase to the Temporary Nonagricultural Visa Program
USCIS is no longer accepting petitions from U. S. employers seeking to hire temporary nonagricultural workers under the one-time increase to the fiscal year (2017 H-2B cap announced in July.
Sept. 18, 2017 Temporary Protected Status for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has determined that conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after reviewing country conditions, and after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials’ consultations with the appropriate U.S. government agencies. Acting Secretary Duke is extending benefits for beneficiaries of Sudan TPS for 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on Nov. 2, 2018.
Sept. 18, 2017 Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of South Sudan (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) through May 2, 2019.
Sept. 18, 2017 USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas
USCIS resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas.
Sept. 14, 2017 Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Week) 2017 with Naturalization Ceremonies
On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day as part of Constitution Week. The commemoration honors both the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and an observance that began in 1940 as “I Am an American Day.”
Sept. 13, 2017 Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma.
Aug. 30, 2017 USCIS Alerts Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey to Available Immigration Services
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.
Aug. 30, 2017 USCIS Grants All Available U Visas for Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has approved the congressionally mandated annual limit of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes committed in the United States who assist law enforcement authorities.
Aug. 28, 2017 USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States.
Aug. 28, 2017 New Legislation Increases Availability of Visas for CNMI Workers for Fiscal Year 2017
On Aug. 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act, H.R. 339, revising the visa classification for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Transitional Workers.
July 25, 2017 USCIS Launches Mobile Form for Replacing Green Card
Redesigned Form I-90 offers mobile-friendly alternative to replace Green Card
July 24, 2017 USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
July 20, 2017 TPS Re-registration Deadline for Haiti is July 24
The deadline for eligible nationals of Haiti (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Monday, July 24, 2017. The limited 6-month extension of the TPS designation for Haiti runs from July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018.
July 19, 2017 USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
July 17, 2017 Revised Form I-9 Now Available
USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page.
July 17, 2017 DHS Provides Relief to American Businesses in Danger of Suffering Irreparable Harm
U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today
July 17, 2017 Thai National Sentenced, Faces Deportation for Operating Immigration Fraud Scheme
Nimon Naphaeng, 36, a native and citizen of Thailand, who resided in Wakefield, R.I., was sentenced Monday to 27 months in federal prison for running an immigration fraud scheme that defrauded more than 320 individuals, most of them immigrants, of at least $400,000, and perhaps more than $518,000.
June 29, 2017 USCIS to Naturalize 15,000 New Citizens During Independence Day Holiday
USCIS will celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming nearly 15,000 new U.S. citizens during more than 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country this year.
June 26, 2017 USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The new Form I-485 and instructions have been substantially updated to reduce complexity after collecting comments from the public and stakeholders.
May 26, 2017 USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2018
As of May 25, 2017, USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the maximum possible numerical limit (the “cap”) of workers who may be issued CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for fiscal year (FY) 2018.
May 8, 2017 USCIS Efforts in Investigating Large-Scale Immigration Fraud Leads to Sentencing
TAMPA, Fla. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) assisted in an investigation that led to U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell sentencing Rosa Cingari to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison and Domenico Cingari to 8 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiracy, making false statements in immigration applications and petitions, and mail fraud.
May 3, 2017 USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.
April 20, 2017 Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation
On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency.
March 15,2017 USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 Beginning April 3
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017
Jan. 23, 2017 Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016
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 of current employees (if applicable).
Dec. 23, 2016 USCIS Fee Changes Take Effect Dec. 23
USCIS reminds applicants and petitioners to pay our new fees with forms postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, 2016, or USCIS will not be able to accept the filings. USCIS will only accept previous fees if mail is postmarked Dec. 22 or earlier.