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10/18/2017: State Department Notice of its Compliance with Hawaii Judge TRO

10/18/2017: OFLC Schedules Two Webinars, One for H-2A Program and the Other for H-2B Program on Two Different Dates

10/18/2017: Reminder of USCIS/SSA Teleconference Today on Revised I-765 EAD including Concurrent Social Security Card Application Feature

10/18/2017: White House Reaction to the Hawaii Judge's Temporary Restraining Order w/Vigorous Intent to Fight Against the TRO on Appeal

10/17/2017: DHS to Comply with Hawaii Judge Temporary Restraining Order, but Will Appeal the Decision Blocking Trump's Proclamation of Travel Ban of 09/24/2017

10/17/2017: 06:25PM: L. Francis Cissna, New USCIS Director Official Profile Posted 10/16/2017

10/17/2017: 03:00PM: Federal Judge in Hawaii Issued Temporary Restraining Order against Trump's Travel Ban Proclamation of 09/24/2017

10/17/2017: 08:45AM: State Department to Republish DV-2019 in the Federal Register Tomorrow with Revised Period of Registry for DV-2019

10/16/2017: 08:30 AM: State Department Official Announcement of Change of Entry for DV-2019

10/16/2017: 08:00AM: Congrats to DHS Employees as One of Federal Departments with Increase in Employees Job Satisfactions 6% in 2017 Surveys

10/15/2017: 07:40PM: Service Centers Processing Times Update of 10/13/2017

10/15/2017: 07:30PM: USCIS H-1B Processing Times 08/31/2017 as Updated 10/13/2017

   Extension  COS  Consular Proc
 CSC 07/01/2017 07/01/2017 07/01/2017
 VSC 06/12/2017 04/10/2017 04/101/2017
 NSC 07/01/2017 - -

(Note: This report is "practically" current processing times as of now in that people cannot request status check unless their H-1B filing dates are earlier than the above-date.)

(Note: Processing times among Service Centers are likely to witness changes in the future because of the USCIS initiation to use employer's main office as determinant for filing service center instead of H-1B employees job site.}

10/14/2017: 07/15PM: Happy Diwali Message to Friends of India

10/14/2017: 03:15PM: Is This Real? DV-2019 Entry to Restart from October 18, 2017 to November 22, 2017 for Maintenance of the DV Entry Site?

10/13/2017: 05:40PM: November 485 Filing Availability Charts

10/13/2017: 08:50AM: OFLC Releases Today Round 13 FAQ Newspaper Advertisements for H-2A Program

10/13/2017: 08:15AM: NEW DHS Secretary Nominee Kirstjen Nielsen

10/12/2017: 04:30PM: Effective Today, Change of I-129 Filing Address for Certain Petitioners of Form I-129

10/12/2017: 03:40PM: Number of Approved EADs by Classification and Basis for Eligibility (October 1, 2012 - June 29, 2017)

10/12/2017:10:30AM: Natural Disasters and USCIS Announcement of Availability of Help for Immigrants Suffered or Suffering from the Natural Disasters

10/12/2017: 08/30AM: Lee Francis Cissna on Board as the New USCIS Director

10/12/2017: 07:45AM: November Visa Bulletin Released

10/11/2017: OFLC Update of PERM Processing Times as of 09/30/2017

10/11/2017: Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on Immigration Priorities on 10/09/2017

10/11/2017: Sudan TPS Reregistration Period: 10/11/2017 - 12/11/2017

10/10/2017: Advance Copy of USCIS Federal Register Notice of Termination of Sudan TPS on 11/02/2018 and 60-Day Re-Registration Period Running from 10/11/2017

10/09/2017: Trump Motivation for Handing "Immigration Principles & Policies" to Congress Yesterday

10/09/2017: White House Releases on 10/08/2017 "Immigration Principles & Policies"

10/07/2017: USCIS Updates "Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricanes" on 10/06/2017

10/06/2017: iCERT Enhancement for H-2A and H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Programs Effective on or about 10/10/2017, Next Tuesday

10/06/2017: Reminder of Federal Holidy This Weekend Through Next Monday, 10/09/2017

10/06/2017: Alert for I-918 U-Visa Petition Filers

10/05/2017: Senate Confirmed Mr. Lee Francis Cissna as the New USCIS Director this Afternoon by 54:43 Vote

10/04/2017: USCIS/SSA Teleconference on Revised I-765 for Concurrent Processing of EAD Card and Social Security Card Without Separate Applications

10/04/2017: DOL iCERT and PERM Sites Outage Alert from Friday Evening to Morning of Tuesday, 10/10/2017

10/04/2017: PowerPoint Presentation of California Service Center (CSC) Update on EB and FB Proceedings at Open House on 08/30/2017

10/04/2017: USCIS and Vermont Service Center (VSC) Update on O, P and Q Petitions 09/15/2017

10/03/2017: USCIS Own Teleconference Scheduled on 10/11/2017 for EB-485 In-Person Interview Requirement Effective 10/01/2017

10/03/2017: Effective Today, the USCIS Resumed Premium Processing Services for All H-1B Types, Including H-1B Extensions

10/02/2017: Filing of Revised I-765 EAD Form Will Lead to Automatically Apply for EAD Card and Social Security Card for Certain Categories or Classifications

10/02/2017: USCIS Releases FY 2017 Citizenship & Assimilation Grant 45 Recipients

09/30/2017: White House Announced FY 2018 Refugee Admission Cap to "Upto" 45,000

09/29/2017: Growing H-1B Visa Restrictions and Apparent Increase of U.S. Businesses Seeking Off-Shore Services in Foreign Countries to Meet Their Needs

09/29/2017: USCIS Alert for DACA - "Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5" Next Thursday

09/28/2017: USCIS H-1B Receipt and Approvals During FY 2007 - June 30, 2017

09/27/2017: Trump Administration Moved for Another Extension of the Court Decision on H-4 EAD Lawsuit Until 12/31/2017

09/26/2017: Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Laws Sponsors Two Free Webinars on DACA and Trump Deportation Policy on 09/28/2017 and 09/29/2017

09/25/2017: Discouraging News for Pending Trump Muslim Ban Litigation Before the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States)

09/25/2017: OFLC Official PERM and PW Determination Processing Times Report as of 08/31/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS Nonimmigrant Petitions Processing Statistics for FY 2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: Names of Petitioners, Locations, Processsing Statistics for USCIS H-2A Agricultural Worker Peititions for FY 2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS DACA Processing Statistics for FY 2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS Investor Immigrant Petition Statistics for FY 2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS I-360 SIJ Immigrant Petition Statistics for FY 2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS I-130 Relative Immigrant Petitions Statistics for FY 2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS N-400 Naturalization Applications Statistics for FY-2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS All Types of I-485 Processing Statistics for FY-2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/20/2017

09/25/2017: USCIS All Forms Processing Statistics for FY-2017 3rd Quarter Published on 09/21/2017

09/25/2017: Alert: H-4 EAD Lawsuit Update and Watch for DOJ Action During Next 10 Days

09/25/2017: State Deparment Notice of New Presidential Proclamation on Visas September 24, 2017

09/24/2017: DHS Fact Sheet on New Seven-Country Travel Ban

09/24/2017: DHS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on New Seven-Country Travel Ban

09/24/2017: Presidential Proclamation of New Travel Ban Seven Countries and Somalia Effective 10/18/2017 12:01 a.m. (EST)

09/22/2017: State Department Changes FAM Rule of 30/60 Day Presumption of Misrepresentation to 90 Day Presumption of Misrepresentation Effective 09/01/2017

09/22/2017: Weird Behavior of Rule-Making Activities on Termination of Sudan TPS

09/21/2017: OFLC Updates Hurricane Harvey and Irma Guidance & FAQ as of 09/21/2017

09/21/2017: August 2017 EB-485 Inventory Data

09/21/2017: Delay of Federal Register Publishing of Sudan TPS Termination Notice

09/21/2017: Alert for Employers - Effective 09/18/2017 Employers Must Use Form I-9 With a Revision Date of 07/17/17 N

09/20/2017: Important USCIS Ombudsman's Teleconference on EB-485 In-Person Interview Effective 10/01/2017

  • USCIS will interview EB-485 applicants as a new procedure to adjudicate EB-485 applications beginning from 10/01/2017. There are a lot of issues with file transfers, the numbers and types of applications that will be interviewed, and the potential impact on processing times, not only for employment-based cases, which will potentially impace on processing times for for family-based adjustment of status and naturalization applications, which are currently subject to interviews and adjudicated in field offices. Ombudsman is hosting a teleconference on September 28, 2017, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time to discuss these issues. The teleconference is likely flooded by stakeholders and readers are advised to register ASAP. Here are the announcement and registration box.
  • 09/19/2017: USCIS No Longer Accepts After 09/15/2017 One-Time Increase in H-2B Visas for FY 2017

    09/19/2017: Federal Register Notice of "Termination" of the Designation of Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    09/19/2017: Federal Register Notice of "Extension" of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    09/18/2017: DHS Secretary Decided to Terminate TPS Designation for Sudan w/Transition Extension of TPS Until November 2, 2018

    09/18/2017: DHS Secretary Decided to Extend TPS Designation for South Sudan National Thru May 2, 2019

    09/18/2017: USCIS Announces Today it Resumed Premium Processing Services for FY-2018 H-1B Cases

    09/18/2017: USCIS Updates on 09/18/2017 I-140 Processing Times as of 07/31/2017

       NSC  TSC
     EB-11 03/01/2027 04/01/2017
     EB-12 03/01/2017 04/01/2017
     EB-13 07/02/2016 01/16/2017
     EB-2 03/01/2017 04/01/2017
     EB-2 NIW 08/02/2016 03/04/2017
     EB-3 03/01/2017 04/01/2017

    09/18/2017: USCIS Updates on 09/18/2017 I-129 H-1B Processing Times as of 07/31/2017

       Extension  COS  Consular Proc
     CSC 06/01/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
     VSC 05/29/2017 06/01/2017 06/01/2017
     NSC 06/01/2017 - -

    09/18/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update on 09/18/2017

    09/18/2017: PERM Application Processing Times as of 08/31/2017

    09/18/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 08/31/2017

    09/18/2017: Congressional Research Services (CRS) Take and Analysis of "The End of the DACA Program: Some Immediate Takeaways"

    09/15/2017: Wow, What a Disappointing EB-485 Filing Chart for October 2017

    09/14/2017: OFLC Releases FY 2016 Foreign Labor Certifications Annual Report

    09/12/2017: Approaching Trump Administration Action on H-4 EAD Rule

    09/12/2017: State Department Notice of DV-2019 Immigration Lottery

    09/12/2017: State Department Prediction of Visa Availability in Coming Months Through January 2018

    09/11/2017: October Visa Bulletin Released

    09/09/2017: USCIS Offices Closings Notice on Monday 09/11/2017 in Florida as of 09/08/2017

    09/09/2017: USCIS Offices Closings Notice on Monday 09/11/2017 in Houston as of 09/08/2017

    09/06/2017: USCIS Announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 2017

    09/06/2017: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Letter to the DHS Advising to Rescind the DACA Program

    09/05/2017: Stay Tuned for 9 States' Reaction to Trump Administration's DACA Rescission

    09/05/2017: DHS Announcement of Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    09/05/2017: DHS Memorandum on Rescission Of DACA

    09/05/2017: DHS Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    09/05/2017: DHS Acting Secretary Duke Statement on the Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    09/05/2017: DHS DACA Fact Sheet

    09/05/2017: Unanswered Questions on Trump Decision on DACA and 9-State Decision on Litigation Against 2012 DACA Program

    09/03/2017: Reportedly Trump to Announce to Rescind 2012 DACA Memorandum with Enforcement Effective Six Months from Decision

    09/01/2017: OFLC Releases Today Hurricane Harvey Guidance for Reasonable Case-accommodations Involving Hurricane Harvey

    09/01/2017: Update of Operation of USCIS Offices in Houston, Texas

    09/01/2017: Trump Reportedly to Announce End of DACA Program on 09/05/2017, the Date of Deadline Given to him by 10 States

    09/01/2017: USCIS Approved Congressionally Mandated Annual Limit of 10,000 for "U" Visas for FY 2017

    09/01/2017: State Department Seeks Comment on its Proposed "Electronic" Medical Examination for Visa or Applicant

    08/31/2017: Fox News Reports Today that Trump Will Announce Elimination of DACA Program as Early as Tomorrow, Friday, September 1, 2017

    08/30/2017: USCIS Alerts Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey to Available Immigration Services

    08/29/2017: Approaching 09/05/2017 Deadline for 10 States Request for Repeal of Obama's 2012 DACA Memorandum & Importance of Correct Understanding of the Demanded "Repeal"

    08/28/2017: It is Official: EB-485 Interview Required for Green Card Proceeding Effective 10/01/2017

    08/28/2017: USCIS Offices in Houston Will Keep Remained Closed Thourgh September 4, 2017

    08/18/2017: President Signed H.R. 339 to Increase CNMI Workers Visa for FY 2017

    08/28/2017: USCIS Policy Memorandum for Determining ACWIA Fee ($1,500 or $750) for H-1B Initial or First Extension Petition Filing for the Same Employee

    08/28/2017: I-601 Form Update - 08/21/2017 New Edition Form

    08/28/2017: N-426 Form Update - 07/25/2017 New Edition

    08/28/2017: USCIS Offices in Houston Remain Closed Today and Tomorrow

    08/26/2017: USCIS Reportedly Planning on Requirement of In-Person Interivew for EB-485 Applicants and Refugee Family & Asylee Provisions Status Applications?

    08/26/2017: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Pardoned by the President Trump Friday

    08/25/2017: OFLC Seeks Comment on Extension of PERM Form ETA-9089 with Unsubstantive Change

    08/25/2017: Reportedly, the World's Largest Smartphone Manufacturer, Samsung's Heir And Vice Chairman Has Just Been Sentenced Jail For Five Years

    08/24/2017: Fate of 2012 DACA Memorandum and Reported Opinions on its Survival in Federal Courts, Should Trump Fail to Act and Repeal

    08/23/2017: USCIS New Guidance on Waiver Policies and Procedures

    08/23/2017: See How Carefully "Timed" Requested Deadline by Southern States for Trump Administration to Decide on Their Demand for 2012 DACA Program

    08/23/2017: Trump Did not Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio Yesterday

    08/23/2017: PERM Webinar of 08/16/2017 on "PERM Audit Submission and Practice Tips"

    08/22/2017: Trump Reportedly Uses Obama 2012 DACA Program as Political Barganing Chip to Get Border Wall Funding Legislation From the Congress

    08/21/2017: Effective 08/23/2017, U.S. Visa Posts in Russia Suspend all the Nonimmigrant Visa Applications Indefinitely

    08/18/2017: USCIS Announces Asylum Applicants EAD Renewal Applications Transfer from NSC to TSC for Workload Balance

    08/18/2017: iCERT & PERM Sites Outage Alert for Maintenance

    08/18/2017: FY-2018 H-1B Cap Processing Delays and Expiring OPT Cap Gap Employment Authorization on 09/30/2017

    08/17/2017: iCERT & PERM Systems Down for System Maintenance from Late Evening of 08/25/2017 to Early Morning of 08/26/2017

    08/16/2017: DHS Federal Register Notice of Termination of the Central American Minors Parole Program Effective 08/16/2017

    08/16/2017: USCIS Processing Times Updates for Six Days on 08/16/2017

    08/15/2017: Approaching Trial Times for DACA Community and H-4 EAD Community

    08/14/2017: State Department Makes Two Non-Substantive Changes to Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form DS 5501

    08/11/2017: USCIS Postpones Religious Worker Teleconference of 09/06/2017 Until Further Notice

    08/11/2017: Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to Citizens of Colombia, Singapo, and Switzerland Effective Monday 08/11/2017

    08/10/2017: USCIS Updates Processing Times 08/10/2017

    08/10/2017: 485 Filing Availability Chart in September

    08/09/2017: USCIS Field Office in Minneapolis - Website

    08/09/2017: September 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

    08/08/2017: State Department 'Nonimmigrant Visa" Issuances During the 3nd Quarter (March-June) of 2017

    08/08/2017: State Department 'Immigrant Visa" Issuances During the 3rd Quarter (March-June) of 2017

    08/08/2017: OFLC PERM Prevailing Wage Determination Times as of 07/31/2017

    08/08/2017: USCIS' Plans to Implement Trump 'Executive Order of Buy American, Hire American': Putting American Worker First

    08/08/2017: USCIS H-1B Trend for Past 10 Years (2007-2017) with Following Statistics

    08/07/2017: USCIS Releases "Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers" in FY 2016 (10/01/2015-09/30/2016)

    08/04/2017: Congress Goes into August Recess thru September 5, 2017

    08/04/2017: Employers and H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 Nonimmigrant Workers Should be Very Busy this Weekend to Review the DOL Proposed Changes to Labor Condition Application Forms, Instructions, and Requirements as Well As DOL Proposed Enforcement Changes!!!

    08/04/2017: Draft of Proposed Revised ETA 9035 and ETA 9035E Forms for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: Draft of Proposed Revised ETA 9035CP Instruction Form for Revised ETA 9035 and ETA 9035E Forms for Comments

    08/04/2017: Draft of Proposed New Appedix A Form to ETA 9035 and ETA 9035E Forms for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: Draft of Proposed Revised WH-4 Form of DOL Wage and Hour Division for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: Draft of Proposed Revised WH-4 Instruction Form for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: DOL Draft of Proposed Changes to Labor Condition Applications ETA 9035, Including ETA 9035E for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: DOL Draft of Proposed Changes to ETA 9035CP Form - General Instructions for Completing ETA 9035 Forms, Including ETA 9035E, for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: DOL Draft of Proposed Changes to Form WH-4, Nonimmigrant Worker Information, of Wage and Hour Division, for 60-Day Comments

    08/04/2017: DOL Supporting Statement for Proposed Changes to ETA 9035 Forms and WH-4 Form

    08/04/2017: DOL Supporting Statement Appendix for Proposed Changes to ETA 9035 and WH-4 Forms

    08/03/2017: USCIS Workload Transfer of Some Asylee Initial EAD I-765 Applications from NSC to TSC as of 08/01/2017

    08/03/2017: Important BIA Decision of 08/03/2017 Affecting Asylees Who Adjusted Status to a Permanent Resident

    08/02/2017: Full Text of Revised RAISE Act Bill, Section-by-Section Summary, and Fact Sheet

    08/02/2017: Trump Announces Plan for "Merit-Based" Immigration Reform to Reduce the Number of Immigrants and the Quality of Immigrants

    08/02/2017: State Department to Revise DS-5535 to Request Certain Additional Information for Visa Applicants for Terrorism, National Security-Related, or Other Visa
    Ineligibilities

    08/02/2017: OFLC Proposes Revision of ETA 9035 Forms and WH-4 Enforcement Form

    08/01/2017: State Department Emergency Rule Request as a Companion Rule to the North Korea Travel Ban Rule

    08/01/2017: All U.S. Passports to Remain Invalid for Travel to North Korea Effective 30 Days from 08/01/2017 Unless Specially Validated for Such Travel by DOS

    08/01/2017: DHS Determination to Expand Border Security Actions Surrounding San Diego Southern Border Areas

    08/01/2017: Important Reminder from ECFMG for International Medical Graduates

    07/30/2017: Foreign Students in F and M Visa and Questions and Answers Relating to the Latest Issues, Including Post FY-2018 H-1B Lottery

    07/29/2017: DHS Announcement on DHS Secretary Change

    07/29/2017: USCIS Director Nominee, Lee Francis Cissna, Encounters Challenges of Confirmation Delay as Well as Growing Pressure on U.S. Senate to Reject it

    07/26/2017: USCIS Policy Alert on Biometrics Requirement for Naturalization Regardless of Age

    07/26/2017: Written Testimony of CBP Before a House Committee on 07/25/2017 Regarding Role of Technology in Securing Border to “Deter, Detect and Interdict"

    07/25/2017: USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities and Hosts Teleconference on the Funding Opportunities

    07/24/2017: OFLC PERM Prevailing Wage (ETA-9141) and PERM Application (ETA-9089) Processing Updates as of 06/30/2017

    07/24/2017: Reminder: USCIS Listening Session Teleconference on "Buy American and Hire American" Executive Order Implementation

    0724/2017: Effective Today, USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing Services Filed by "Cap-Exempt" Entity Under the Immigration Law

    07/22/2017: List of USDOL/OFLC Pending Rule-Making Agenda, Turned into "Inactive Actions" in 2017 Rule-Making Agenda

    07/22/2017: List of USCIS, USICE, & CBP Pending Rule-Making Agenda, Turned into "Inactive Actions" in 2017 Rule-Making Agenda

    07/22/2017: DHS Revises Fact Sheet on 07/21/2017 Implementing Hawaii Judge's Decisions Expanding Family Relationships for List of Travel Ban People

    07/21/2017: DACA Dreamers - What's Their Future?

    07/20/2017: USCIS Alert: TPS Re-registration Deadline for Haiti is July 24!

    07/20/2017: USCIS 2017 Rule-Making Agenda (Fixed Date Categories and Long Term Categories)

    07/20/2017: CIS Ombudsman Teleconference Recap of its 2017 Annual Report to Congress

    07/20/2017: USCIS Teleconference on Revised Form I-485 and Supplement A on 08/03/2017

    07/20/2017: OMB Record of Trump Administration Actions During Six Months Against Rule-Making

    07/20/2017: CBP Statement on Online vs. Paper Form I-94 Rules

    07/19/2017: OFLC Webinar 08/16/2017 on PERM Audit Response Submission Practice Tips

    07/19/2017: OFLC Publishes FY-2017 3rd Quarter (April, May, June) PERM and Temporary Labor Certifications Statistics

    07/19/2017: OFLC Published Attestation Form ETA 9142-B-CAA & Instructions for Implementation of FY-2017 Special H-2B Cap Program

    07/19/2017: DHS Temporary Rule of Special H-2B Cap (1,500) Allocation for FY 2017 Officially Published in the Federal Register Today

    07/19/2017: Full Text of the SCOTUS Order of July 19, 2017 on Travel Ban Lawsuit

    07/19/2017: SCOTUS Rejected Trump Motion for Family Relationship Issue for Travel Ban

    07/19/2017: USCIS Revises on 07/18/2017 its Processing Times Report of 07/12/2017 Using the Same Cut-Off Date of 05/31/2017

    07/19/2017: USCIS Completed FY-2017 H-1B Cap Receipt Notices or Return of Unselected Cases

    07/18/2017: State Department Releases Today Announcement to Comply with the Expanded Definition of Family Relationships per the Hawaii District Court Decision

    07/18/2017: State of Hawaii Files SCOTUS its Response to Trump Motion to Stay Hawaii Court Decision Expanding Protected Family Relationship from Travel Ban

    07/18/2017: State Department Proposes to Revise DS-156 Nonimmigrant Application Form to Limit its Use to Certain Conditions for Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

    07/17/2017: OFLC Releases 07/18/2017 H-2B Foreign Labor Recruiter List, 2nd Quarter, FY 2017

    07/17/2017: DHS and Its Component Agencies Social Media Directory

    07/17/2017: USCIS Listening Session Teleconference on "Buy American and Hire American" Executive Order Implementation

    07/17/2017: Hello, Distinguished Ladies and Getlemen in the U.S. Senate

    07/17/2017: FY 2017 Special Cap Rule Scheduled to be Published in Federal Register on 07/19/2017 Wednesday

    07/17/2017: USCIS Hosts Special Urgent Teleconference on H-2B Special Cap Number Rule for FY 2017

    07/17/2017: USCIS Revises I-9 Employment Verification Form

    07/15/2017: DHS Proposed Final Rule for Special H-2B Cap Numbers for FY 2017 Holding Senate Floor Confirmation of Mr. Cissna as the New USCIS Director

    07/15/2017: Trump Filed a Motion Before SCOTUS 07/14/2017 Seeking Stay or Vacating Hawaii Federal District Judge's Decision to Restrict Travel Bans

    07/14/2017: USCIS New I-485 Filing Availability Charts for August 2017

    07/14/2017: USCIS Alert for Commercial Immigration Form Producers: 2D Barcode Requirements for Immigration Forms

    07/14/2017: Federal District Court in Hawaii Ordered Yesterday (07/13/2017) Trump Administration to Lift Travel Bans for Expanded "Close Family Members"

    07/13/2017: Wonderful NSC Business/Employment Proceedings Teleconference Today!

    07/13/2017: DHS IG John Roth's Congressional Testimony -"Examining the Problem of Visa Overstays: A Need for Better Tracking and Accountability."

    07/13/2017: DHS Stakeholder Chiefs Written Testimonies on “Examining the Problem of Visa Overstays: Need for Better Tracking and Accountability”

    07/13/2017: Reminder: USCIS Listening Teleconference Today on EB-5 Regulatory Reform Issues from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. (EST)

    07/13/2017: Reminder: NSC Stakeholder Teleconference on Business/Employment Proceedings Today at 10:00 A.M. (CST)

    07/13/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update of 07/12/2017 (as of 05/31/2017): Our Home Page

    07/13/2017: Citizenship & Integration Grant Applications Due by 07/30/2017

    07/11/2017: USCIS Published Today International Entrepreneur Rule: Delay of Effective Date Final Rule Federal Register

    07/11/2017: USCIS Record of Opening Some New 485 Application Filing Opportunity in October Each Year

    07/11/2017: August 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

    07/11/2017: Introducing "Private Immigration Bill" in Congress No Longer Provides an Automatic Mean to Stay and Work Indefinitely Pending the Bill

    07/11/2017: OFLC Update of H-2A and H-2B Temporary Workers Labor Certification Applications Processing as of 06/30/2017

    07/11/2017: Trump Complaint with Snail Pace of Senate Confirmations of his Nominations

    07/10/2017: DHS Decision to Delay Effective Date of International Entrepreneur Rule From 01/17/2017 to 03/14/2018 to Seek Additional Comments to Rule

    07/09/2017: Soon, Extra H-2B Cap Numbers to be Allocated for the Rest of FY 2017 Under the Pending DHS Rule Based on Special Legislation Passed by the Congress Lately

    07/07/2017: State of Hawaii Failed in Emergency Motion Challenging Trump Administration's Interpretation of Partial Reinstatement of Travel Ban

    07/06/2017: USCIS Customer Service Tools Scheduled Down on Sunday, 07/09/2017, from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (EST)

    07/06/2017: OFLC Announces System Maintenance Outage Impacting the iCERT System this Evening

    07/06/2017: Special Report on Proposed 2018 Retirement Benefits for Employees of the Stakeholder Government Agencies

    07/05/2017: Ten Southern States Presses Trump Administration to Repeal 2012 DACA Program

    07/05/2017: USCIS Teleconference (Listening Session) Seeking Feedback on "Potential Regulatory and Policy Changes" for the EB-5 Regional Center Program

    07/05/2017: State Deparment Monthly Immigrant Visa Issuance Statisitcs March thru May 2017

    07/05/2017: USCIS Invitation for Intergovernmental Affairs Stakeholder Engagement TODAY: "How USCIS Supports Intergovernmental Partners"

    07/03/2017: CBP Expands "Global Entry" to Indian Citizens Effective 07/03/2017

    07/03/2017: Alert for Foreign Labor Certification Filers: OFLC Released New Prevailing Wage Data Effective 07/01/2017

    06/30/2017: Alert on Some Discrepancies Between State Department Cable of 06/28/2017 and State Department FAQ and DHS Implementation of Travel Ban Which were Released on 06/29/2017

    06/30/2017: OFLC Seeks Extension of ETA 750 Which is Scheduled to Expire today, 06/30/2017

    06/30/2017: DHS Announces on 06/29/2017 Implementation of Travel Restriction Provisions of the SCOTUS Decision

    06/29/2017: House Passed Two Anti-Immigration Laws Today: Kate's Law H.R. 3004 and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act H.R. 3003

    06/29/2017: State Department Releases on 06/29/2017 "Frequently Asked Questions" on Travel Ban Executive Order and Visa After SCOTUS Decision

    06/29/2017: DHS Ombudsman's 2017 Annual Report Relects Mounting Problems with the Immigration Case Load Management

    06/29/2017: Hello, CBP and DHS, Yet to Release Your Implementation of SCOTUS Travel Ban Decision?

    06/29/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update of 06/29/2017 (as of 04/30/2017): Our Home Page

    06/29/2017: USCIS Updates its Processing Times Today, 06/29/2017

    06/29/2017: Full Text of U.S. Department of State Cable of 06/28/2017 to Visa Posts: Implementing Executive Order 13780 Following Suprement Court Ruling - Guidance to Visa-Adjudicating Posts

    06/28/2017: USCIS Forms Update: I-526 and I-589

    06/28/2017: New USCIS Policy Memo on Naturalization Ceremonies & Participation by Other Govenment or Non-Government Entities Effective Today, 06/28/2017

    06/28/2017: Amazing - As of June 5, 2017, USCIS Approved 859 EB-5 Investment Immigrant Regional Centers Throughout the Country

    06/27/2017: CBP Deploys Today Biometric "Exit" Technology to George Bush Intercontinental Airport For Non-Stop Flight to Tokyo, Japan

    06/26/2017: Refugee & Immigrant Advocates Views on the Parameter of SCOTUS Partial Reinstament of Travel Bans

    06/26/2017: Attorney General (DOJ) Statement Today on SCOTUS Decision & Plan for Exercise of Legal Authority to Implement Partial Travel Bans

    06/26/2017: Here We Go! DHS Releases Statement on SCOTUS Decision & its Plan to Implement Partially Travel Bans in Consultation with DOS and DOJ

    06/26/2017: USCIS Releases Revised I-485 Forms Today Which is Mandatory 08/25/2017

    06/26/2017: DHS Releases Legal Immigration and Adjustment of Status Quarterly Report (FY 2017 2nd Quarter)

    06/26/2017: Stay Tuned for Anticipated Release of Implementation of the SCOTUS Decision by the DHS/ICE, DOJ, and State Department

    06/26/2017: Full Text of SCOTUS Decision on Travel Ban

    06/26/2017: SCOTUS Reportedly Granted Trump's Request to Review and Temporarily Suspend in Part Travel Ban Decisions of the Lower Court for Certain Banned Travelers

    06/23/2017: H-1B Premium Processing Service Reinstated for Conrad 30 Foreign Medical Doctors H-1B Petitions Effective 06/26/2017

    06/23/2016: USCIS Updated N-400 Naturalization Application Filing Locations 06/23/2017

    06/23/2017: Stay Tuned for the Results of SCOTUS Conference on Trump's Travel Ban Lower Courts Appeal

    06/23/2017: SEVP Bi-Annual "SEVIS by the Numbers" Report of June 2017 on International Student Trends in the United States

    06/22/2017: Presidential Executive Order of 06/21/2017 Amending President Obama's Executive Order 13597 of January 12, 2012

    06/22/2017: The Supreme Court of the United States Handed Down Today an Important Decision on Loss of Citizenship

    06/19/2017: Here is the Official Copy of DAPA Rescission Memorandum

    06/18/2017: OFLC Released Round 12 H-2A FAQ on 06/15/2017

    06/17/2017: Full Text of DHS Secretary John F. Kelly of 06/15/2017 Memorandum Entitled ("Rescission of November 20, 2014 Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents ("DAPA")

    06/16/2017: DHS Secretary Memorandum of 06/15/2017 Preserving 2012 DACA Memoradum and Rescinding Obama's 2014 DACA/DAPA Memorandum

    06/15/2017: USCIS Invites to "Live Chat" User Testing, Monday, June 19 -Friday, July 7, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. Eastern

    06/15/2017: USCIS New I-485 Filing Available Chart in July 2017 - "Final Action Date Chart" for Both EB and FB 485 Filing in July 2017

    06/15/2017: Nebraska Service Center to Reschedule Teleconference for its Business/Employment Petition Proceedings on 07/13/2017 at 10:00 a.m. (CST)

    06/15/2017: Senate Judiciary Committe Passed Nomination for Cofirmation of Lee Francis Cissna, USCIS Director Nominee

    06/15/2017: USCIS Processing Times Update of 06/14/2017 (as of 04/30/2017): Our Home Page

    06/15/2017: 2018 H-1B Cap Rejected Cases in the Mail

    06/14/2017: Fact Sheet of STEM Foreign Workers in the United States

    06/14/2017: USCIS Updates Policy Manual for Alert on New Policy Guidance on Investment Immigration Forms I-526 and I-829

    06/14/2017: Written Testimonies of CBP and ICE for a June 13 House Committee for Budgets

    06/14/2017: Naturalization Applicants, USCIS Civics Test Study Tools Mobile App Available Now both in English and Spanish

    06/13/2017: CIS Ombudsman Teleconference on H-1B Petition Processing on 06/20/2017 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (EST) Tuesday

    06/12/2017: USCIS Workload Transfers for Miliary N-400 and N-600K Cases from Nebraska Service Center to Lockbox

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for All Different Types of I-485 Proceedings as of 03/31/2017 by Field Offices and Decisions

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for All Different Types of I-130 Proceedings as of 03/31/2017 by Field Offices and Decisions

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for I-526 Alien Entrepreneur Immigrant Petition Proceedings as of 03/31/2017

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions as of 03/31/2017

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Special Immigrant Juveniles I-360 SIJ Performance Data as of 03/31/2017

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for N-400 Naturalization Proceedings by Non-Military and Military as of 03/31/2017 by Field Offices and Decisions

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data Update for I-821D DACA Proceedings as of 03/31/2017

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for I-914 Victims of Trafficking NIV Proceeding as of 03/31/2017

    06/10/2017: USCIS Published on 06/08/2017 Performance Data for I-918 NIV Proceeding as of 03/31/2017

    06/10/2017: USCIS Nation-Wide Performance Data for All USCIS Forms for 1St Qtr and 2nd Qtr of FY 2017

    06/10/2017: Senate Judiciary Committee Mark-Up of New USCIS Director Confirmation Hearing 06/15/2017

    06/09/2017: July 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

    06/09/2017: Diversity Visa Lottery 2018 (DV-2018) Results

    06/09/2017: Workload Transfers for H-1B Extension Petitions and Accompanying Spouse H-4 Extension Applications From NSC to CSC

    06/08/2017: Senate Judiciary Committee Decided to Reschedule New USCIS Confirmation Later

    06/08/2017: Senate Judiciary Committee Mark Up This Morning for Confirmation of Lee Francis Cissna as New Director of USCIS

    06/07/2017: Labor Secretary Orders its Agencies to Aggressively Confront Visa Program Fraud and Abuse

    06/07/2017: ICERT & PERM Sites Scheduled Down for Maintenance - from 06/09/2017 Evening to 06/12/2017 Morning This Weekend

    06/06/2017: DOL PERM Prevailing Wage Determination Times and PERM Applications Processing Times as of 05/31/2017

    06/06/2017: USCIS Posts Today Form G-1256 Declaration for interpreted USCIS Interview

  • Today, USCIS posted Form G-1256, Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview at uscis.gov/g-1256. This form will be requiired when there is an interview. Therefore, this form will not be required in the Service Center proceedings.
  • 06/06/2017: Want to Know Which USCIS Online News Attracted the Most Hits in March 2017?

    06/02/2017: Important Update and Q & A of USCIS, USICE, and USDOJ Rules & Practice of I-9 Compliance as of 05/10/2017

    06/02/2017: Final Rule of International Entrepreneur Rule to Take Effect on July 17, 2017

    06/02/2017: Readout of Secretary Kelly’s Trip To Haiti and Nationals of Haiti in the United States in TPS

    06/02/2017: Trump Administration Appealed to SCOTUS the 4th Circuit Ruling Against Trump Administration Travel Ban Executive Order

    06/01/2017: Some Asylum EAD Applications Transferred from Nebraska Service Center (NSC) to Potomac Service Center (PSC) for Workload Balance

    05/31/2017: New AAO Adoption Decision: Matter of A-T- Inc, Adopted Decision 2017-04 (AAO May 23, 2017)

    05/31/2017: USCIS Starts Publishing EB-5 Terminations for Transparency

    05/30/2017: Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Elicit USCIS Commitment to Address H-1B Abuse

    05/30/2017 OFLC Announces on 05/30/2017 Improvements to the PERM (ETA 9089) Sponsorship Verification Process

    05/30/2017: Immigration Court Practice Manual Update

    05/30/2017: U.S. Government Accoutability Office (GAO) Reports (05/30/2017) Problems of H-2A & H-2B Temporary Foreign Worker Programs

    05/27/2017: International Entrepreneur Rule of Obam Immigration Reform 2014 Survives and its Final Rule Was just Submitted to OMB on 05/25/2017 for Finalization

    05/26/2017: USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2018

    05/26/2017: "Double" Blow to Washington Alliance of Technology Workers for Having Sued Against the Expanded STEM OPT Rule

    05/26/2017: "Funny & Cute" TSA Summer Travel Tips

    05/26/2017: Bi-Partisan H.R. 2717 Bill "Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act" Introduced in the House Yesterday

    05/25/2017: USCIS Reminder of 05/24/2017 for TPS Haitians and Schedule of a Teleconference on Wednesday, May 31, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern

    05/25/2017: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary John F. Kelly for a Senate Committee on Appropriations on “Review of the FY2018 Budget Request for the DHS"

    05/25/2017: DOL Seeks Fee-Based Funding for Foreign Labor Certification Programs (PERM, H-2B, PWD) for FY 2018

    05/25/2017: President Issues Sequestration Order of 05/23/2017 for Fiscal Year 2018

    05/25/2017: "Charge" with DUI-Related Offense in the United States and Consequences on the Visa in the Passport and NIV Status in the United States

    05/24/2017: Interesting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing for Nomination of New USCIS Director

    05/24/2017: Written Testimony 05/24/2017 of DHS Secretary before House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee on FY 2018 DHS Budget

    05/24/2017: New "Precedent" BIA Decision: Matter of L-E-A- , Asylum

    05/24/2017: ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Notice for Foreign Students & Schools, Including Information for Maintaining Status During the Summer Vacation Period

    05/24/2017: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing 05/24/2017 on Nomination of New USCIS Director, Mr. Lee Francis Cissna

    05/24/2017: Senate Hearing for New USCIS Director Nominee, Mr. Lee Francis Cissna

    05/24/2017: Federal Register Publishing Today of Haiti Limited TPS Extension

    05/23/2017: Alert: State Department Proposed New Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions Visa Applicants

    05/23/2017: USCIS Forms Update

    05/23/2017: Visa Overstays (Our of Status) Under Increased Attention for DHS

    05/23/2017: H-1B Processing Times as of 03/31/2017 as Reported on 05/23/2017

    05/23/2017: Advice for Readers Considering a New or Substitute Legal Counsel, Pending the Legal Proceedings

    05/23/2017: Advance Copy of "Extension of the Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status" Federal Register Notice of DHS

    05/23/2017: 2018 Mid-Term National Election Map for the Congress, Governors, and Local Governments

    05/23/2017: "Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017," S-1034, of Leading Democratic Senators for National Interest, a Proposal of Challenging Issue for Republicans

    05/23/2017: USCIS Notice Seeking Comment Request for Extension of USCIS Form I-854A and Form I-854B

    05/22/2017: Short-Term TPS Extension for Haitians Effective July 23, 2017 Thru January 22, 2018

    05/22/2017: DHS Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report

    05/19/2017: OFLC PERM Webinar of 05/10/2017 and Availability of the PERM Webinar Presentation Record for Those Stakeholders Who Missed the Webinar

    05/17/2017: Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) Determination Processing Times as of 04/30/2017

    05/17/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination and PERM Application Processing Times as of 04/302017

    05/16/2017: Reminder - Effective Thursday, 05/18/2017, USCIS to Reject G-28 Form Other Than New 03/04/2015 Version

    05/16/2017: Nebraska Service Center Schedules Teleconference on Issues Related to Business/Employment Proceedings 06/08/2017 10:00 AM (CST)

    05/16/2017: USCIS New Green Card and EAD Card Presentation

    05/16/2017: New 485 Filing Available Visa Bulletin Chart in June: Final Action Date Charts for Employment-Based and Family-Based I-485 Application

    05/16/2017: DHS Ombudsman Teleconference on Naturalization, Next Wednesday, 05/24/2017 2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

    05/16/2017: USCIS Naturalization Webinar for Intergovernmental Stakeholders on 05/24/2017, 1:00 - 2:30 PM (EST)

    05/12/2017: A Message From the New CIS Ombudsman Julie Kirchner

    05/12/2017: House Bills to Reauthorize and Reform USICE and USCIS to Enhance Immigration Enforcement and Prevent Fraud and Abuse in the System

    05/11/2017: Reminder of TPS Designation Termination for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone on 05/21/2017 and USCIS Teleconference on 05/16/2017 3:30-4:30 PM (ET)

    05/10/2017: EB-485 Inventory Data of April 2017

    05/09/2017: June 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

    05/09/2017: Time for OPT Students of H-1B Cap Petitions to Review Cap-Gap Rule Q & A

    05/07/2017: "State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017" S. 1040 Bill Introduced in the Senate on 05/04/2017

    05/06/2017: Odds for Winning FY-2018 H-1B Cap Lottery

    05/06/2017: State Department Visa Processing Practice Update as of April 2017

    05/05/2017: USCIS Webinar on 05/08/2017 3:00-4:00 pm (EST) on Redesigned Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Document

    05/04/2017: USCIS Announcement of Completion of Selected H-1B Cap Cases Data Entry, Followed by a Painful Period of Time For the Petitioning Employers

    05/04/2017: OIG Reports That Technology Woes Hamper ICE Tracking of VISA Overstays Contributing to a Backlog of More Than 1.2 Million Visa Overstay Cases

    05/04/2017: Threshold Dependent Child Age Reportedly to Change from "Under 19 Years Old" to "Under 22 Years Old" in Immigration Law in Canada Effective 10/24/2017

    05/03/2017: USCIS Announces FY-2018 H-1B Cap Data Entry Completed & Will Start Returning Unselected Cases

    05/03/2017: House Overwhelmly Passed FY 2017 Spending Bill Thru September 2017 with No Money for Deportation Force or Federal Cuts to Sanctuary Cities!

    05/03/2017: USCIS Customr Service Tools Outage This Evenining, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 9 p.m. to Midnight (Eastern).

    05/02/2017: DHS Secretary Officially Announces Appointment of Julie Kirchner as New DHS Ombudsman

    05/02/2017: Reportedly Trump Administration Appointed New DHS Ombudsman, Julie Kirchner

    04/29/2017: Non-Precedent AAO Decision of 04/28/2017 on I-140 Ported Beneficiary (Foreign Worker) Right to be a Party to I-140 Revocation Proceeding

    04/29/2017: "American Jobs First Act of 2017" H.R. 2233 Bill Introduced in the House 04/28/2017

    04/29/2017: President Signed Continuing Resolution before Midnight

    04/28/2017: President Trump's 100 Days of Security and Safety - White House Release

    04/28/2017: State Department Updated Reciprocity Table Changes of Certain Countries January thru April 2017

    04/28/2017: House and Senate Passed Continuing Resolutions to Fund the Federal Government Until 05/05/2017

    04/28/2017: OFLC 05/18/2017 2:00-4:00 PM (EST) Webinar on Employer Filing Tips and Best Practices for Preparing and Submitting H-2B Prevailing Wage Requests

    04/28/2017: New Chief Counsel of USCIS, Craig Symons

    04/28/2017: Forms Update: I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal

    04/28/2017: Four Sunsetting Immigration Programs Likely to be Survived at Least for One Week Through 05/05/2017

    04/28/2017: Senate Confirmed New Secretary of Department of Labor, Alexander Accosta

    04/27/2017: Computer World Assessment of Impact of President Trump's H-1B Executive Order

    04/27/2017: TSA Written Testimony Before the House Homeland Security Committee on “Checkpoint of the Future: Evaluating TSA’s Innovation Task Force Initiative

    04/27/2017: Reminder of New Location and Address of USCIS Field Office in Minnesota Effective Monday, 05/01/2017

    250 Marquette Ave, Suite 710
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    04/27/2017: USCIS Announces Today that USCIS Will Implement "New" Interpreter Policy on May 1, 2017

    04/27/2017: DHS Statement on Former DACA Recipient Juan Manuel Montes- Bojorquez Who was Deported

    04/26/2017: USCIS Webinar on Redesigned Green Card and EAD Card on 05/08/2017 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (USCIS Changed the Date)

    04/26/2017: Here We Go Again - Scheduled Expirtion of Stop-Gap Federal Appropriations Continuing Resolution at the End of 04/28/2017, Friday

    04/26/2017: ICE Guidance for ACICS-Accredited Schools

    04/26/2017: CBP Considers Revision of EVUS Rule to Collect Information on Online Presence of the Designated Foreign Visitors of Designated Countries

    04/26/2017: Matter of I- Corp., Adopted Decision 2017-02 (AAO Apr. 12, 2017) of USCIS AAO

    04/26/2017: USCIS Latest Form Updates

    04/25/2017: USCIS Invitation to Korean Language Teleconference to Overview Citizenship & Student EAD Applications

    04/25/2017: OFLC Disclosure Data (10/01/2016-03/31/2017) for PERM, PWD, H-1B LCA, H-2A and H-2B Labor Certification Applications

    04/21/2017: Reminder of PERM and iCERT Systems Outage This Weekend until 6:00 a.m. of Monday 04/24/2017

    04/20/2017: STEM OPT Challenge Lawsuit Dismissed by the Federal District Court in DC on 04/19/2017

    04/20/2017: USCIS Alert for Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation

    04/20/2017: May I-485 Filing Availability Charts

    04/20/2017: USCIS New Direct Filing Addresses for L, O, and P Nonimmigrant Petitions for Beneficiaries in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina

    04/20/2017: USCIS Workload Transfer Update

    04/20/2017: DOL Announces Plans to Protect American Workers from H-1B Program Discrimination

    04/20/2017: Judge Denigrated by Trump as 'Mexican' Will Hear DACA Dreamer Deportation Case

    04/19/2017: USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of TPS for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination

    04/19/2017: Positive News for Those with Provisional Certificate instead of Degree Certificate

    04/19/2017: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Sponsor of H.R. 392 Bill, Reportedly Not to Seek Re-election to Congress

    04/19/2017: USCIS Issues Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Beginning from 05/01/2017

    04/19/2017: PERM Processing Statistics of 01/01/2017-03/31/2017 (2nd Quarter of FY 2017)

    04/19/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Statistics of 01/01/2017-03/31/2017

    04/19/2017: H-1B LCA Processing Statistics of 01/01/2017-03/31/2017 (2nd Quarter of FY 2017)

    04/19/2017: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statistics of OFLC: 01/01/2017-03/31/2017 (2nd Quarter of FY 2017)

    04/19/2017: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statisitics of OFLC: 01/01/2017-03/31/2017

    04/19/2017: H-2B Recruiter List Update Latest

    04/19/2017: FY-2017 2d Quarter "Disclosure Data" for PERM, PWD, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B

    04/18/2017: H-1B Reform Part of "Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American" of 04/18/2017

    04/18/2017: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report on 04/18/2017

    04/18/2017: President Trump Scheduled to Issue Executive Order Today Restricting Lower Wage H-1B Visas

    04/17/2017: USCIS Announcement of Completion of H-1B Master Cap and Regular Cap

    04/16/2017: Report of Background of Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing and its Potential Impact on Current H-1B and New H-1B Cap Proceedings

    04/15/2017: iCERT & PERM Site Unavailable from 04/21/2017 (8:00 pm EDT) to 04/24/2017 (6:00 am EDT)

    04/14/2017: Matter of I- Corp., Adopted Decision 2017-02 (AAO Apr. 12, 2017)

    04/12/2017: DOL Notice of 2017 Allowable Charges for AgriculturalWorkers' Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging for H-2A & H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Programs

    04/12/2017: New Deputy Secretary of DHS Sworn-In Yesterday after the Senate Confirmation of the Nomination

    04/11/2017: May 2017 Visa Bulletin Released with the Following Special Notes

    04/10/2017: Trump to Nominate Lee Francis Cissna to the new USCIS Director Post

    04/10/2017: USCIS Forms Update 04/10/2017 With Mandatory Use of the Updated Forms Effective 06/09/2017

    04/10/2017: iCERT + PERM Outage Alert

    04/08/2017: USCIS Released Revised Fact Sheet for SAVE Users on Verification of Employment Authorization for Automatic EAD Applicants

    04/07/2017: USCIS Releases 04/04/2017 Update of Various Immigration Forms Processing Records for 1st Quarter (10/01/2016-12/31/2016) of FY-2017

    04/07/2017: USCIS Announces on 04/07/2017 that USCIS Reached FY 2018 H-1B Cap

    04/06/2017: Potomac Service Center to Hand Corrections to the EAD Which They Issued with USCIS Errors Begiining from 04/17/2017

    04/05/2017: USCIS Field Office in Minnesota Officially Moves from Bloomington to Minneapolis Downtown Effective May 1, 2017

    04/05/2017: ICE Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee on “Vows for Visas: Investigating K-1 Fiancé Fraud

    04/05/2017: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary John F. Kelly for a Congressional Hearing titled “Improving Border Security and Public Safety

    04/05/2017: DOL Announces on 04/04/2017 Plans to Protect American Workers from H-1B Program Discrimination

    04/04/2017: Trump Administration Asked Yesterday Appeals Court to Delay Decision of H-4 EAD Appeal Until 09/27/2017

    04/03/2017: Justice Department Also Cautions Employers Seeking H-1B Visas Not to Discriminate Against U.S. Workers

    04/03/2017: DHS Initiates and Implements Actions Against H-1B for Programmer Occupations and H-1B Dependent Employers

    04/03/2017: Federa Register Notice of Presidential Memorandum of 03/06/2017 for DHS, DHS, DOJ(AG) Ordrering Additional Heightened Screening and Vetting Protocols and Procedures for Issuing Visas

    04/03/2017: State Department Withdraws Pending Proposed Rule to Adopt Hague Convention in Intercountry Adoptions

    04/02/2017: DO NOT STAPLE, DO NOT STAPLE, DO NOT STAPLE, DO NOT STAPLE!!!!!!

    04/01/2017: USCIS Guidance on H-1B Petition Thresholds and Recommended Evidence to Establish the Thresholds in One Eyeview

    03/31/2017: Potential Impact of Pending H-4 EAD Lawsuit in DC Court of Appeals on FY-2018 H-1B Cap Filing That Starts on Monday for Five Business Days

    03/31/2017: PERM to Allow Employers Electronic Submission of Supporting Documentation Effective 04/15/2017

    03/31/2017: Last Minute Double Check with H-1B Cap Filing for Next Week

    03/31/2017: Alert - USCIS Website (Customer Service Tools) Will be "Down" from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 04/02/2017

    03/25/2017: Proposed Reform of EAD That Automatically Issues SSN by Social Security Administration Without Separate Application

    03/24/2017: FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season and This Site's Limited Update News Report for Immigration Stakeholders

    03/21/2017: USCIS Announces on 03/20/2017 Launch of EB-5 Regional Center Compliance Audit Program

    03/18/2017: H-1B Cap Lottery Program Survives Challenge in Federal Court in Portland, Oregon and the Lottery Program to Continue

    03/18/2017: DOJ Reportedly Plans to Re-Assign Temporarily Large Number of Immigration Court Judges to 12 Cities to Expedite Removal of Undocumented Aliens with Criminal Records

    03/16/2017: I-485 Filing Charts in April 2017

    03/16/2017: USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017

    03/16/2017: 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Denied En Banc Review Request, Sustaining Three-Judge Panel Decision 03/15/2017

    03/16/2017: "Immigration Benefits Vetting: Examining Critical Weaknesses in USCIS Systems" - DHS IG Report and USCIS Acting Diretor House Written Testimony - 03/16/2017

    03/16/2017: Another Temporary Restraining Ordeer Issued by Federal District Court in Maryland

    03/16/2017: Temporary Restraining Order Issued by Federal District Court in Hawaii against the Second Travel Ban Executive Order

    03/15/2017: USCIS Has Just Released FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season Announcement

    03/15/2017: USCIS Written Testimony Before Senate Judiciary Committee on "Vows for Visas: Investigating K-1 Fiance Fraud"

    03/15/2017: EB-485 Inventory Data Update as of January 2017

    03/15/2017: Executive Order to Reorganize the Executive Branch of the Federal Government

    03/14/2017: USCIS Processing Times Report Update 03/14/2017

    03/14/2017: USCIS Alert of Posting Wrong Form for I-765 on its Form Site

    03/14/2017: President's Memorandum of "Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits" & Concern with its Impact on Processing Times for Petitions and Applications

    03/10/2017: OFLC Withdraws Controversial PERM FAQ Round 14

    03/10/2017: EB-5 Regional Center Investment Immigration Reform Rule of January 2017 Receives Support from House Judiciary Committee Chairman

    03/10/2017: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination and PERM Application Processing Times as of 03/03/2017

    03/10/2017: Trump Hired and Filled More Than 400 Important Positions for Agencies That do not Require Senate Confirmations

    03/09/2017: April Visa Bulletin Released

    03/09/2017: Motion for Preliminary Injunction Filed on 03/08/2017 Against FY 2018 H-1B Cap Random Selection in the H-1B Cap Litigation in the Federal District Court in Oregon

    03/09/2017: Washington State Attorney General Seeks Court's Affirmation that Curreent TRO Applies also to the New Travel Ban Executive Order

    03/09/2017: CW-1 Visa Cap Season for FY-2018 Opens on 04/03/2017 as Well

    03/09/2017: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report on 03/08/2017

    03/08/2017: The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal Dismissed the Appeal Today on Government's Voluntary Motion to Dismiss

    03/08/2017: USCIS to Change I-612 J-1 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement Waiver Application Form

    03/07/2017: State Department Announcement on New Executive Order and Visa Processing

    03/06/2017: New Executive Order Signed Today with Different Title: "Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

    03/06/2017: New Travel Ban Executive Order Scheduled Release Today Will Substantially Trim Down from Earlier Travel Ban Executive Order

    03/04/2017: Another Travel Ban Executive Order Reportedly be Signed Monday 03/06/2017

    03/03/2017: Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS to Suspend Temporarily Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    03/03/2017: Revised I-693 Form and Alert for Civil Surgeons Performing Medical Examination for Immigration Applicants

    03/03/2017: Bi-Partisan H.R. 1303 "H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act" Introduced in the House on 03/02/2017

    03/03/2017: Automatic Extension of EAD for El Salvadorans in TPS Until 09/09/2017

    03/01/2017: President Trump's Point-Based Immigration Reform - Question of "How Far"

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