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12/18/2018: OFLC Alert for H-2A/H-2B Revised Forms Mandatory Effective 12/20/2018

12/17/2018: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Handed Down a Decision Today on H-4 EAD Repeal Lawsuit

12/16/2018: Looming Partial Government Shutdown After This Friday and its Potential Impact on Immigration

12/16/2018: USCIS Premium Processing I-907 Filing Fees

12/16/2018: Reading Visa Bulletins and USCIS I-485 Availability Charts

12/14/2018: Irish E-3 Visa Country Designation Legislative Bill H.R. 7164 Update

12/13/2018: January USCIS Employment and Family Immigration I-485 Charts

12/13/2018: Expiring I-129 Form on 12/31/2018

12/13/2018: January 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

12/12/2018: Update to "SAVE" Password Reset

12/12/2018: USCIS Announces H-2B Cap Reached for First Half of FY 2019

12/12/2018: USCIS Announcement of Certain I-539 Workload Transfers from VSC to CSC, NSC, TSC, and YSC

12/10/2018: Effective Today, USCIS Field Office in Havana, Cuba Permanently Closed

12/10/2018: USCIS Policy Memorandum 11/30/2018 on Interview Waiver Guidance for I-751

12/06/2018: State Department Visa Office Meeting with AILA and Updates as of 10/18/2018 for Various Topics

12/06/2018: Comment Period for Proposed Rule of Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for H-2A Program Extended from 12/10/2018 to 12/28/2018

12/06/2018: Comment Period for Proposed Rule of Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for H-2B Program Extended from 12/10/2018 to 12/28/2018

12/06/2018: Congress Passed H.J. Res. 143 Stop-Gap Appropriation Bill This Afternoon

12/06/2018: Pouring-in of Comments for the Draft H-1B Regislation Tool

12/06/2018: Reportedly Another Stop-Gap Appropriation Bill Introduced on 12/03/2018 and Wait for Voting and Signature by the President B/4 12/08/2018

12/05/2018: "Draft" of H-1B "Registration" Tool per Proposed H-1B Registration Rule

12/05/2018: OFLC Webinar on 12/19/2018 on PERM Help-Desk Inquiry Submission Process

12/04/2018: Alert: All U.S. Post Offices Will be Closed on Wednesday, 12/05/2015, to Honor Late President George H.W. Bush

12/04/2018: USCIS Announces its Offices Closed 12/05/2018 Tomorrow Pursuant to the President Executive Order

12/04/2018: Clarification of Proposed "Revised" H-1B Cap Selection System

12/03/2018: Government Shut-Down Likely Avoided at Least Until 12/21/2018 with a Very Short Term Stop-Gap Appropriation Legislation

12/03/2018: OPM Announcement of Federal Office Closures on 12/05/2018 Wednesday per Executive Order in Honour of President George H.W. Bush Memorial

12/03/2018: H-1B Cap Pre-Registration Requirement Proposed Rule Comment Period Expires on 01/03/2019

12/01/2018: Reportedly, President Signed an Executive Order to Close Federal Office on Wednesday to Honor the Deceased 41st President George H.W. Bush

12/01/2018: PEW Relearch Center Releases Their Findings on "Immigrants" in the United States

12/01/2018: Positive News, Albeit for Now, for Immigration Form Revisitions: I-539

11/30/2018: H-1B Cap Registration Proposed Rule Published in the Federal Register 12/03/2018 Authorizing Suspension of Registration for FY 2020 H-1B Cap Lottry for Technical Issue

11/29/2018: USCIS Policy Memorandum of 11/15/2018 Clarifies the "L-1" 1-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

11/29/2018: House Passed Yesterday H.R. 7164 Bill Without Amendment to Add Ireland as One of the E-3 Visa Eligible Countries

11/28/2018: U.S. House Bill H. R. 7164 is Scheduled to be on the Floor Today To add Ireland to the E–3 Nonimmigrant Visa Pprogram

11/26/2018: Text of House Bill H.R. 7150 to Prevent DHS from Repeal of H-4 EAD Regulation

11/26/2018: Proposed Extension of Certain Immigration Forms (For Advance Copy, Please Click the Form for Revision Form Announcement)

11/25/2018: OFLC Offers "California Wild Fire" Guidance on "Accomodations"

11/25/2018: OFLC Schedules Two-Webinars on "Filing Tips for Submitting the Form ETA-9035/9035E, Labor Condition Application (LCA)" on 11/28/2018

11/25/2018: Well, a Short-Lived Reported Deal for Asylum Seekers between Trump Administration and Mexican Government

11/24/2018: "New" Mexican Government Reportedly Decided to Allow Current Asylum Seekers to Stay in Mexico Pending Assessments of Their Claims by the Courts in U.S.

11/24/2018: CompeteAmerica Urges USCIS Not to Implement Pending Revised H-1B Cap Rule in FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season That Starts on April 1, 2019

11/23/2018: USCIS 11/21/2018 Announcement of Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in the CNMI

11/22/2018: OMB/OIRA Cleared on 11/21/2018 the Proposed Rule of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap Subject Aliens

11/21/2018: USCIS Updated Policy Guidance on NTA with 47 Questions and Answers 11/15/2018

11/21/2018: USCIS Proposed Rules to Add "Public Charge" Questions in Immigration Forms Faced OIRA Decisions of Witholding Approval for Deficiencies in Procedures

11/17/2018: USCIS Data on Affirmative Asylum Office Workload September 2018

11/16/2018: Upcoming FY-2020 H-1B Cap Season With Reported Reform of Process of Selection of H-1B Cap Winners

11/16/2018: USCIS Semi-Annual Regulatory Action Plan "Officially" Published in the Federal Register

11/15/2018: REMINDER: USCIS Teleconference Today 2:00 to 3:00 PM (EST) on Updated NTA Enforcement from 11/19/2018 for Certain Immigration Programs

11/14/2018: Wow, December 485 Charts for USCIS Will be "Filing Charts" for Both Family-Based 485 and Employment-Based 485 Applications!!!!

11/13/2018: December 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

11/12/2018: Effective 11/19/2018, OFLC to Require Filing of "Revised" ETA 9035/9035E Form

11/09/2018: Congress Returns to the Lamb Duck Sessions Beginning From Tuesday, 11/12/2018

11/09/2018: State Department Updates Visa Processing Issues on 10/18/2018 in its Liaison Meeting with an AILA Committee

11/09/2018: "O" Visa (Extraordinary Workers) Statistics and Senator Chuck Grassley's Concern with Potential Abuse to Overcome H-1B Visa Limitations by Employers

11/08/2018: USCIS Teleconference on "Updated" NTA Policy Guidance, from 2 pm to 3 pm (EST), 11/15/2018

11/08/2018: USCIS Announcement of 11/08/2018 on NTA Implementation Focus Schedules

11/08/2018: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upheld District Court's Decision to Order the Government to Keep DACA Open

11/08/2018: Anticipated Impact of the Results of the Mid-Term National Election on Immigration Policies and Strategies

11/08/2018: USCIS Proposes to Revise H-2B Labor Certification Regulation to Modernize the Recruitment Process and Requirement

11/08/2018: OFLC Proposes to Revise H-2B Labor Certification Regulation to Modernize the Recruitment Process and Requirement

11/08/2018: OFLC Proposes to Revise H-2A Labor Certification Regulation to Modernize the Recruitment Process and Requirement

11/05/2018: Processing Updates for All the Immigration Forms for 3rd Quarter of FY-2018 (April-June)

11/02/2018: I-130 Relative Petition Processing Statistics by Local Field Offices, Service Centers, and International Offices for FY-2018 3rd Quarter (Apr-June) Released 10/30/2018

11/02/2018: Natualization Application Processing Statistics of All the Local Offices of USCIS for FY-2018 3rd Quarter as Released 10/30/2018

11/02/2018: I-485 Applications Processing Statistics of USCIS Local Field Offices and Service Centers for FY-2018 3rd Quarter (04/01/2018-06/30/2018) as Released 10/30/2018

11/02/2018: H-1B Petitions by Gender and Country of Birth for Fiscal Year 2018 (As of 10/05/2018)

11/02/2018: Number and Characteristics of F-1s Who Changed Status to H-1B During Fiscal Years 2012-2018 (to date)

11/02/2018: SEVP Latest (10/30/2018) Statistics of International Students in CPT, OPT, STEM-OPT with Employment Authorization in Calendar Year 2017 (12/31/2017)

11/01/2018: Congressional Research Service Report of 11/01/2018 on "Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities" in the Federal Government

11/01/2018: FY-2019 Refugee Admissions Cap - Upto 30,000

10/31/2018: USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129/I-129S "Pilot Program" for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants" Through April 30, 2019

10/31/2018: Effective 11/05/2018, Los Angeles Filed Office and Los Angeles County Field Office of USCIS Will Not Accept "Money Orders" or "Cashiers Checks"

10/31/2018: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Application "Filing Tips" of Office of Foreign Labor Certification/DOL

10/31/2018: USCIS to End Self-Scheduling of InfoPass Appointments Program Step-by-Step

10/31/2018: DOL Proposes to Revise Foreign Labor Certification as Part of Revision of ETA 9127

10/31/2018: Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador TPS "Continuation" Notice Officially Published in Federal Register Today

10/30/2018: USCIS Announces Some H-1B Cases Have Been Transferred from CSC to NSC

10/30/2018: DHS TPS Extension Notice Will also Include Automatic Extension of TPS-Relaed EAD, I-797 Approval Notice, I-94 Until 04/02/2019 for Sudan and Nicaragua TPS

10/30/2018: DHS to Publish Federal Register Notice on 10/31/2018 "Continuation of Documentation for Beneficiaries of TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador"

10/27/2018: Fate of TPS Beneficiaries Whose TPS Programs Were Scheduled to be Terminated by the DHS but Suspended by the Court Order

10/26/2018: SEVP Releases on 10/26/2018 the International Student Data in Calendar Year 2017

10/26/2018: OFLC Proposes Significant Revision of H-2A Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Forms of ETA 9142A, ETA 790, ETA 790A

10/25/2018: USCIS Removes G-325A Form Requirement Other Than DACA & Military Personnel, Veterans, and Enlistees Proceedings

10/25/2018: Interesting USCIS Statisitics of H-1B Petitions by Gender and Country of Birth as of October 5 of 2018

10/25/2018: Ongoing Bomb-Threat U.S. Mails and Potential Impact on U.S. Mail Services

10/25/2018: OFLC Launches New Enhancement of H-2A and H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Submission Effective 10/30/2018, Next Tuesday

10/25/2018: Investment Immigration Statistics and Update on the Regulatory Reform as Discussed on USCIS Director-IIUSA Meeting on 10/05/2018

10/24/2018: DV-2020 Immigration Lottery Closes at Noon (EST) on Midterm National Election Day, 11/06/2018, Tuesday

10/23/2018: New Proposed H-1B Cap Pre-Registration Requirement Rule Intended to Increase Selection of U.S. Master or Higher Degree Holders Over Foreign Degree Holders

10/23/2018: USCIS Director Summarizes his Three (3) Policy Focuses in Migrant Policy Institute's Annual Immigration law & Policy Conference on 10/01/2018

10/19/2018: USCIS Teleconference on EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Update on 11/19/2018 1:00-02:00 PM (EST)

10/19/2018: Mid-Term National Election (November 6, 2018) and List of Candidates (Wikipedia)

10/19/2018: In Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018-September 2019), USCIS to Focus on the Following Rule-Making Agenda to Achieve the President's Executive Orders

10/18/2018: USCIS 10/18/2018 Notice of Continuing Form I-751 Data Entry

10/18/2018: USCIS Proposed Rule for Pre-Registration Requirement for Annual H-1B Cap Petitions Filing

10/18/2018: USCIS Reissues Receipt Notices for Extensions of Conditional Permanent Resident Status I-751

10/18/2018: USCIS Fall 2018 Rule-Making Agenda

10/18/2018: OFLC FY 2018 4th Quarter (July-September 2018) Performance Data for Permanent and Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statistics

10/17/2018: Invitation to DHS CIS Ombudsman Annual Conference in D.C. on 11/16/2018

10/16/2018: USCIS Changes I-693 Civil Surgeon Report Validity Effective 11/01/2018

10/15/2018: Approaching Mid-Term National Election and Unusual Popularity of Anti-Immigration Agenda

10/15/2018: Texas Service Center Scheduled to Move into New Building in Spring 2020

10/12/2018: Good News for November 2018 USCIS 485 Filing Charts: Both FB and EB I-485 Filings, Use "Filing Date Charts" in November 2018

10/12/2018: Congressional Research Service Updates on 10/10/2018 "Temporary Protected Status: Overview and Current Issues"

10/12/2018: USCBP Seeks Emergency Amendment to ESTA, EVUS, and I-94W Applications Rules to Add North Korea

10/11/2018: DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certifications Releases "Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael Guidance"

10/11/2018: November 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

10/11/2018: Proposed I-944 Form Requirement for Some Application Filings for Public Charge Inadmissibility

10/11/2018: USCIS Intends to Change I-485 Form Requiring Massive Information and Requirements for Determination of "Public Charge Inadmissibility"

10/11/2018: USCIS Intends to Change I-539 Form Requiring Massive Information and Requirements for Determination of "Public Charge Inadmissibility"

10/11/2018: USCIS Intends to Change I-129 Form Requiring Massive Information and Requirements for Determination of "Public Charge Inadmissibility"

10/11/2018: USCIS Intends to Change I-129CW Form Requiring Massive Information and Requirements for Determination of "Public Charge Inadmissibility"

10/10/2018: DHS Notice of Waiver of Expeditious Construction of Barriers and Roads in the Border of Cameron County in Texas

10/10/2018: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Proposed Rule Published in the Federal Register Today

10/08/2018: With New Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, SCOTUS to Decide Some Important Pending Immigration Cases in the Near Future

10/06/2018: USCBP to Rescind Discretionary Parole Policies for Chinese and Russian Nationals Seeking Entry into Guam and/or the CNMI for a Temporary Visit for Business or Pleasure

10/05/2018: USCIS Reminder of Transfer of Some F,M,J,B's I-539 Applications on 09/17/2018 from Vermont Service Center to Texas Service Center

10/05/2018: "Official" Notice of Proposed Rule of "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds" (Advance Copy)

10/05/2018: CRS Summary of DHS Component Funding for FY-2019

10/04/2018: USCIS Online Tools Outage, Sunday

10/04/2018: Federal District Court in California Issued Preliminary Injunctions on 10/03/2018 Against DHS Termination of TPS for Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, & El Salvador

10/04/2018: OFLC PERM Processing Times as of 09/30/2018

10/03/2018: "Temporary Need Requirement" Exemption for H-2B for Guam & Northern Mariana Islands PLUS Their H-2B Cap Exemptions Until 12/31/2029

10/03/2018: Effective 10/01/2018, USCIS Using Digital Tablets to Administer the English Reading and Writing Tests for Naturalization

10/03/2018: USMCA, New North American Trade Agreement, Reportedly Keeps the Same Foreign Worker Visas (Current TN Visas)

10/03/2018: Don't Be Too Alerted with Today's Emergency Tests on Your Cell Phones, Radio, and Television

10/03/2018: USCIS Proposes to Revise I-912 Fee Waiver Form to Remove the Receipt of Means-Tested Benefits from the Eligibility Criteria

10/02/2018: USCIS Released Today Transcripts (Q&A) of USCIS NTA Teleconference of 09/27/2018

10/02/2018: Reminder: DV-2020 Immigration Lottery Registration Starts from Tomorrow, 10/03/2018 (12:00 Noon EST)

10/01/2018: USCIS Revised Today I-907 Premium Processing Request Form with Mandatory Effective Date of 12/03/2018

10/01/2018: Full Text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

10/01/2018: Temporary Entry for Business Persons Rule Among Three Nations under the USMCA

10/01/2018: USCIS Announcement of 10/01/2018 of Transfers of Some H-1B Cases From California Service Center (CSC) to Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

10/01/2018: USMCA (Formerly NAFTA) and Questions on Visas and Immigration Among Three Countries in the North America

09/30/2018: USCIS Expanded NTA (Notice to Appear) Issuance Practice Starts from Tomorrow, 10/01/2018

09/29/2018: Despite Vigorous Effort of Rep. Yoder to Pass Legislation to Eliminate Employment-Based Per Country Limit as Part of the DHS Spending Bill, It Failed

09/28/2018: USCIS Reminder for F-1 H-1B Cap-Gap Filers of Expiring Cap-Gap Automatic Employment Authorization this Sunday 09/30/2018

09/28/2018: USCIS Director, Honorable Lee Francis Cissna and Two Conflicting Views of his Achievements in Immigration Policies

09/28/2018: President Signed Spending Bill and There will be No Government Shutdown

09/28/2018: USCIS Seeks Before the Court on 09/21/2018 Upto Three (3) More Months to Submit the Final Rule of H-4 EAD Rule Changes

09/28/2018: USCIS Propose to Revise I-912 Fee Waiver Form, Removing Receipt of Public Benefits as Means-Tested Benefits From Eligibility Criteria

09/27/2018: Today's NTA Teleconference

09/26/2018: Reportedly, the Congress Passed a FY-2019 Spending Bill with Attached Concurrent Appropriations Bill for DHS to Fund Until Early December 2018

09/26/2018: USCIS Begin Incremental Implementation of NTA Policy Memorandum on October 1, 2018, Next Monday!

09/26/2018: USCIS Policy Alert on 09/26/2018 on Special Naturalization Provisions for Children

09/26/2018: September 2018 Edition of SEVP Spotlight Released Today 09/26/2018

09/25/2018: H-4 EAD Repeal Plan Dragged Under the Court's Order of 02/21/2018 to File Progress Report of the Repeal Rule-Making Status Every 90 Days

09/25/2018: President Trump and South Korean President Signed a New Free Trade Agreement Yesterday at the United Nations Site

09/25/2018: DV-2019 Immigration Lottery Official Notice Published in the Federal Register on 09/25/2018

09/25/2018: Winners of Citizenship Assimilation Grants for 2018

09/24/2018: Uh Oh, USCIS Scheduling Teleconference on 09/27/2018 Thursday for Revised NTA (Notice To Appear) Policy

09/24/2018: DV-2020 Diversity Visa Immigration Lottery Registration Notice of the State Department

09/24/2018: CRS Comprehensive Analysis of Expedited Removal of Aliens: Legal Framework on 09/19/2018

09/23/2018: DHS Released Unofficial Copy of the Proposed Rule of Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

09/22/2018: White House OIRA Concluded on 09/20/2018 its Review of USCIS Proposed Rule Change for Public Charge Grounds

09/22/2018: USCIS Statistics on Number of F-1s Who Changed Status to H-1Bs Between 2012 and Mary 15, 2018

09/20/2018: Congressional Research Services (CRS) Updates on 09/19/2018 Report on Frequently Asked Questions about “Public Charge”

09/19/2018: Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut

09/19/2018: iCERT & PERM Sites Will Remain "Down" Most of This Weekend

09/19/2018: USCIS Director Reconfirmed on September 6, 2018 No Change to its Plan to Publish H-4 EAD Repeal or Revision Proposed Rule

09/18/2018: Senate Passed on 09/18/2018 Continuing Appropriations Bill to Fund the Federal Government Until Decemer 7, 2018

09/17/2018: Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Releases Hurricane Florence Guidance of 09/17/2018

09/17/2018: USCIS Announces Change of Deadline for Use of Revised G-28 Form From 09/17/2018 to 11/19/2018

09/17/2018: USCIS Sending Text and Email Messages About Online Filing of I-90 Application

09/16/2018: Dynamics Involving Indian EB-3 Cut-Off Date More Opened Than Indian EB-2 Cut-Off Date in EB-485 Filing Charts in October

09/15/2018: Effective 09/17/2018, Monday, Only 05/09/2018 Version of I-140 Form Acceptable

09/14/2018: I-485 Filing Chart for October 2018

09/14/2018: USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative "O" Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

09/14/2018: Canadian Marijuana Users, Workers and Investors Reportedly Risk Lifetime Border Ban from Admission to the United States or Subject to Monetary Penalty

09/14/2018: Reminder of New Version Forms of G-28 and I-765 (EAD Application Forms)

09/13/2018: USCIS Policy Update on Issuing RFEs and NOIDs

09/13/2018: Lawmakers to Pass Continuing Resolution (CR) to Fund Goverment Until 12/07/2018 to Avoid Government Shutdown

09/12/2018: Trump Administration Under a Strong Pressure to Increase H-2B Visa Numbers

09/12/2018: October 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

EB-Final Action EB1:06/01/2016 EB2:03/26/2009 EB3:01/01/2009
EB-Filing Date EB1:10/01/2017 EB2:05/22/2009 EB3:10/01/2009

09/12/2018: September 2018 Edition of SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) Spotlight

09/11/2018: Today's USCIS Release of Optional Checklist to Avoid Denial Without RFE or NOID Could be Affected (?) by Site Outage

09/11/2018: USCIS Currently Experiencing Tools Outage

09/10/2018: OFLC PERM Processing Times as of 08/31/2018

09/10/2018: I-751 "Filing" Location Change From Service Centers to Lockbox Facility

09/10/2018: Some I-539 Applicatsions for F,M,J,B Nonimmigrant Cases Transferred from VSC to Potomac Service Center (YSC) and the Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

09/08/2018: House Passed Nine (9) FY 2019 Spending Bills, but Thus Far DHS Spending Bill Yet to be Passed with no Clear Sign in the Coming Week Legislative Schedules

09/07/2018: OFLC Seeks Comments on Proposed Revisions of H-2B Program Forms

09/07/2018: There is no Glitch with EB-485 Inventory Data Sites and USCIS Reports for EB-485 Inventory Data are Correct

09/06/2018: "DHS Minibus"Appropriation Bill for FY 2019 in Limbo, Because of Trump's Threat of Government Shutdown unless Border Security Funds Are Guaranteed

09/06/2018: Excellent Ombudsman Teleconference Today on "Discretionary Denial w/o RFE or NOID" Policy Implementation from 09/11/2018

09/06/2018: REMINDER: USCIS Policy of Discretionary Denial Instead of Issuing RFE or NOID Before Denial Takes Effect TUESDAY 9/11

09/06/2018: Wow! India’s Supreme Court on Thursday Struck Down a Ban on Gay Sex

09/06/2018: DHS & HHS Propose Amendment to the Rules Relating to Apprehension, Processing, Care, Custody, and Release of Alien Juveniles

09/06/2018: DOL/ETA to Revise H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Forms

09/05/2018: USCIS Director Clarifies the Automatic Extension of Haiti TPS EAD Thru 01/17/2019 Pending Reissuance of Extended EAD Card Valid Until 07/22/2019

09/04/2018: EB-485 Inventory Data as of July 2018 Update

09/03/2018: USCIS ICAM (Identity, Credential, and Access Management) as a Portal for Customers' Electronic Interaction with the Agency

08/31/2018: Texas Federal District Court Rejected Preliminary Injunction Motion Against DACA Filed by Texas and Other States

08/31/2018: Board of Immigration Appeals Handed Down a Decision that Affects the Requirement for Notice to Appear (NTA)

08/31/2018: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Rule Making Notice Faced Challenges from Various Large Cities and States

08/30/2018: USCIS Reminder of Workload Transfer of Some of I-539 for F, M, J, B Nonimmigrant Application from Vermont Service Center to California Service Center

08/30/2018: Wow, Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Harvard Discrimination Case Defending Claim That Harvard Intentionally Discriminates on the Basis of Race in Admissions

08/30/2018: OFLC Releases "PERM Labor Certification Program Online Registration Process" Presentation

08/30/2018: Effective Immediately, USDOL Implements President's Executive Order Excepting Administrative Law Judges from the Competitive Service (July 10, 2018).

08/30/2018: United States Passports Invalid for Travel to, in, or through North Korea Until 08/31/2019

08/30/2018: USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fee from Current Rate of $1,225 to $1,410 Effective 30 Days from 08/31/2018

08/30/2018: Labor Department Opens New Office for Regulatory Compliance

08/29/2018: USICE Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Releases on 08/29/2018 Reminder of Importance of Maintaining "Status" to Avoid ULP

08/28/2018: Extended/Expanded H-1B Premium Processing Services Suspension, and Potential Increased Victims of New NTA, ULP, and Denial Without RFE/NOID Policies

08/28/2018: USCIS Extends Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing for FY 2019 Cap Cases Until 02/19/2019 and Non-Cap Cases of CSC & VSC Effective 09/11/2018!!

08/27/2018: Ombudsman "Timely" Schedules a Teleconference 09/06/2018 2:00-3:00 PM (EST) on USCIS Policy of Denials Instead of RFE/NOID Effective 09/11/2018

08/27/2018: State Department Intends to Limit Use of DS-156 Papar Application Form for Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

08/27/2018: State Department Intends to Revise DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa Application Form and Seeks Public Comments

08/24/2018: USCIS Releases on 08/24/2018 Regional Center Investment Immigration Policy Manual Update Requesting Expansion of "Geographical Area"

08/24/2018: Congress Scheduled to Return to the Legislative Sessions After Labor Day and Hot Button for Immigration is Legislation of DHS Appropriations Bill

08/24/2018: Somalia TPS "Re-Registration" Runs from 08/27/2018 for 60 Days

08/23/2018: USCIS Customer Online Service Tools Will be Not Available (Outage) for Three (3) Hours Tonight from 9:00 PM and 12:00 PM (EST)

08/23/2018: Today's Teleconference on F/M/J Accrual of Unlawful Presence Policy Revealed Some Confusion Caused by Difference Between "Status" and "Unlawful Presence"

08/23/2018: Asylum Workload Statistics for Approval Rates and Credible Fear Found Rates FY-2017 & FY-2018 Q3 (April-June)

08/22/2018: The Decision of Federal District Court in DC Vacating Trumpt Administration's Order of Rescission of 2012 DACA Program in Part "Stayed" on 08/17/2018

08/22/2018: OFLC Proposed Rule for H-2A Record Keeping Requirement for Employers Engaging in Sheep Herding, Goat Herding, and Open-range Production of Livestock

08/21/2018: H-4 EAD Rule-Making Progress Report to the Court by DHS on 08/20/2018

08/20/2018: On-Going "Legal Immigration" Policy Changes and Answers from USCIS Director, Francis Cissna

08/17/2018: GOOD NEWS FOR STEM OPT-USCIS Changed Policy

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. Students and employers must report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity by submitting a modified Form I-983. Employers must report the STEM OPT student's termination of employment or departure to the DSO within five business days. As previously indicated on the webpage, students must report certain changes, such as changes to their employer's name and address, to their DSO within 10 business days. Prompt reporting ensures that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is able to exercise effective oversight of the program.
DHS is clarifying that STEM OPT participants may engage in a training experience that takes place at a site other than the employer's principal place of business as long as all of the training obligations are met, including that the employer has and maintains a bona fide employer-employee relationship with the student. DHS will review on a case-by-case basis whether the student will be a bona fide employee of the employer signing the Training Plan, and verify that the employer that signs the Training Plan is the same entity that employs the student and provides the practical training experience.

08/15/2018: OIRA Meeting with City of San Francisco on USCIS Pending Rule-Making on Inadmissibility of Public Charge

08/14/2018: Effective 08/13/2018, I-829 Filing Location Changed from California Service Center to USCIS Lockbox

08/14/2018: Yemen TPS Re-Registration Starts from 08/14/2018 thru 10/15/2018

08/13/2018: September 2018 I-485 Filing Charts for Family-Based and Employment-Based Immigration

08/12/2018: REMINDER: Effective 09/11/2018 (Tuesday), Policy Memorandum on Denial of Petitions/Applications Instead of Issuing RFE/NOID for Missing Required Evidence

08/11/2018: DACA Future Struggles in Federal Courts in Washington, D.C. and Texas

08/10/2018: USCIS Issued Revised Final Policy Memorandum on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J. M Nonimmigrants Effective 08/09/2018 Yesterday

08/09/2018: ALERT! USCIS is Silent on Status of Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, M Nonimmigrants Despite its Release of Policy Memorandum with Effective Date of 08/09/2018

08/09/2018: Yemen TPS Registration Starts Tomorrow (08/10/2018) for 60 Days

08/08/2018: Lawsuit Filed in Federal District Court in Texas on 07/14/2018 Seeking Injunction and Declaratory Judgment Against the USCIS STEM OPT Client Site Employment Prohibition Policy

08/08/2018: September 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

08/08/2018: Reminder of New USCIS Policy "Effective 09/11/2018" to Deny Petitions/Applications Without Issuing RFE or NOID For Missing Threshold Evidence

08/07/2018: Reminder for F, J, M Nonimmigrants: Effective 08/09/2018, Accrual of Unlawful Presence Rule Applies to F, J, M Nonimmigrants

08/07/2018: DHS Released on 08/07/2018 FY-2017 Entry-Exit Overstay Report

08/07/2018: OFLC PERM Processing Times as of 07/31/2018

08/06/2018: USCIS Updates I-129CW Form 08/01/2018

08/06/2018: Federal District Court Judge in DC Orders to Fully Restore DACA Program Effective 08/23/2018

08/06/2018: Proposed Expansion of Inadmissibility of Immigrants for Expanded Definition of "Public Charge"

08/03/2018: Court Orders USCIS to Issue EAD for Asylum Seekers Within 30 Days

08/02/2018: Astonishing Statistics of H-1B RFEs and Denials in 2017

08/01/2018: Senate Passed a "Minibus" Appropriations Bill (H.R. 6147) Today When the House is Gone for the Recess

08/01/2018: DOJ and DOL Signs MOU 07/31/2018 for Information Sharing and Case Referals on Employer Discrimination Against U.S. Workers and Violations of Laws

07/31/2018: House Convened and Adjourned Until Friday, 08/03/2018, With No Answer for FY 2019 Appropriations and Government Shut-Down Threat

07/31/2018: Reported Late Completion of USCIS Launching of New Enterprise Model and Modern Platform for Case Management and Processing System

07/30/2018: USCIS Confirms Delay of Implementation of NTA Policy Memorandum Pending its Operational Guidance by USCIS Components

07/30/2018: Some I-751 Transfers from CSC to TSC or VSC for Workload Balance

07/29/2018: Looming Up Government Shutdown

07/28/2018: This Breaking News Site Will Return to Normal Operation After One-Week Absence

07/25/2018: Alert for Employers: ICE Has Been Intensifying I-9 Audits and NOIs for Businesses

07/20/2018: State Department Initiates Revision of the Form DS-156E, "E Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader (E-1)/Investor (E-2) Visas

07/19/2018: Somalia TPS Extension for 18 Months through 03/17/2020

07/18/2018: City of Minneapolis Created a New Division Naming a Long Immigration Attorney Michelle Rivero as Director

07/18/2018: Ombudsman Teleconference on I-751 Petition for Removal of Conditional Resident Status on 07/26/2018, Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (EST)

07/17/2018: USCIS Announces that It Will No Longer Provide Paper Form N-565 Other Than "Online Form" or USCIS "Form Site Download Printouts"

07/17/2018: USCIS Updated Forms Mandatory in September, 2018

07/17/2018: USCIS Updated Forms Mandatory in August, 2018

07/16/2018: SEVT Proposes to Raise Service Fees for F, J, M Nonimmigrants

07/15/2018: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule Likely Finalized and Implemented Soon

07/13/2018: USCIS Issued on 07/13/2018 Policy Memorandum Rescinding Current “RFE and NOID” (2013 PM) Requirement Policy, Expanding Adjudicating Official's Expanded Discretion to Deny Without Issuing RFE or NOID

07/13/2018: DOL PERM, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, and Prevailing Wage Disclosure Data Ending 06/30/2018 for Each Specific Application

07/13/2018: H-1B LCA Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Labor Certification Program Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: PERM & Other Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: OFLC Releases on 07/13/2018 PERM Processing Statistics as of June 30, 2018

07/13/2018: August Visa Bulletin

07/12/2018: Visa Posts Prudential Revocation of Visas for Arrest for DUI and Domestic Violence and its Reported Impact on USCIS Denial of Immigration Benefits

07/12/2018: Effective 07/09/2018, U.S. Visa Sactions Against Certain Officials of Burma and Laos

07/10/2018: USCIS to Complete Mailing Out Receipt Notices for H-1B Cap Selected Cases or Returning Packages for Unselected Cap Cases by 07/22/2018

07/08/2018: Immigration Courts Are Rolling out an Electronic Filing Pilot Program Starting July 16, 2018

07/07/2018: USCIS Significant Policy Change for Issuance of "Notice To Appear" for DHS Enforcement Actions

07/06/2018: USCIS Service Tools Outage, Sunday, July 8, 2018, from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. (EST).

07/05/2018: DHS Extends Yemen TPS for 18 Months through 03/03/2020

07/05/2018: Final Rule of Elimination of Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Certain Caribbean Residents Coming to the United States as H-2A Agricultural Workers Effective 30 Days from 07/06/2018

07/05/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 06/30/2018

07/03/2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Today Rescinds 24 Guidance Documents

07/03/2018: DHS Implements Northern Border Strategy Since June 12, 2018

07/03/2018: DOL New SOC/OES Prevailing Wage Data Effective 07/01/2018 and Ending 06/30/2019 Released and Implemented

07/03/2018: State Department Proposes to Require Filing of DS-64 "Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen U.S. Passport Book and/or Card"

07/03/2018: DHS Proposes Removal of 30-Day Processing Provision for Asylum EAD Applications

06/30/2018: DHS Secretary Announces 06/30/2018 New Acting Director of ICE Effective 06/30/2018

06/29/2018: Increased IMG H-1B Petition Scrutiny, its Impact on Country's Medical Services, and Stateholder Medical Service Community Demanded USCIS to Change the Practice, with No Avail

06/29/2018: Reminder of NVC Requirement of Filing of EB-5 Investment Immigrant Petitions by "Electronicall Only"

06/29/2018: OFLC Notice of its New Practice of Assignment and Processing of H-2B ETA-9142B Applications Which are Filed on or after 07/03/2018

06/28/2018: Weekend Reading Material - Immigration Reform Bill Melldown on 06/27/2018 and Drama Behind the Scene

06/28/2018: DHS Ombudsman Annual Report to Congress for 2018

06/27/2018: Quo Vadis for the House, Post Death of H.R. 4760 Conservative Immigration Bill and H.R. 6136 Compromise Immigration Bill?

06/27/2018: Bomb Shell from the Sky - Justice Anthony Kennedy (middle of the ground) of SCOTUS Retirement Announcement

06/27/2018: Ombudman's H-1B Cap Teleconference and Interesting Statistics Disclosed

 U.S. Master Degree Holders Non US Master or Bachelor Holders
 FY 2019 Lottery: 32,361 44,637
 FY 2018 Lottery: 30,541 63,512
 FY 2017 Lottery: 30,541 107,903
 FY 2016 Lottery: 17,171 116,802

06/27/2018: H.R. 6136 House Floor Debate Encountered First Hurdle

06/27/2018: USCIS Announcement of New Version Form I-907 Premium Processing Request Form

06/27/2018: Effective Tomorrow, Extension of Employment Authorization for Certain Nepali F-1 Students Through 06/24/2019

06/27/2018: New Rule, Effective of 08/09/2018, of Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants and Reminder for STEM OPTs of Third Party Placement Bar of USCIS

06/27/2018: Today's House Floor Schedule for Legislative Session Including H.R. 6136 (Immigration Reform Bill)

06/26/2018: Summary of Updated H.R. 6136 by Bill Sponsor

06/26/2018: Latest News Indicates that Immigration Bill H.R. 6136 Will be Put on Vote Tomorrow, Instead of 06/28/2018

06/26/2018: SCOTUS Reversed and Remanded Lower Court's Decision for Trump v. Hawaii Travel Ban Lawsuit

06/25/2018: House Likely to Pick up Unfinished H.R. 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act"Again in the Afternoon of Thursday 06/28/2018

06/25/2018: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Expected to Release Decision on Trump v. Hawaii Travel Ban Appeal Tomorrow at the Earliest

06/22/2018: iCERT and PERM Outages for System Maintenance

06/21/2018: House Votes on Two Immigration Reform Bills

06/21/2018: SAVE Jobs USA Submitted the Same Court's Recent Decision on STEM OPT Litigation by Washington Technology Workers as Reference to SAVE Jobs Standing for the Lawsuit in H-4 EAD Lawsuit

06/21/2018: White House Releases its "Blueprint" for 21st Century Government Reform

06/21/2018: CIS Ombudsman Schedules Webinar on H-1B Lottery Process 06/27/2018 2:00 PM (EST)

06/21/2018: OFLC Releases Webinar of 06/13/2018 on PERM Appeals Submission and Practice Tips

06/21/2018: Beginning Today, USCIS to Recall 800 Incorrectly Printed EAD (Employment Authorization Documents) in I-589 Asylum/Withholding of Removal Proceedings

06/21/2018: SCOTUS Handed Down a Very Important Decision Today Concerning Cancellation of Removal on 10-Year Continuous Physical Presence in the United States

06/21/2018: ICE SEVT Webinar and Reminder for School Record Keeping Requirements & Students Reporting Requirement

06/21/2018: House Floor Schedule for GOP Immigration Reform Bills Today

06/20/2018: Presidential Executive Order of 06/20/2018 Not to Separate Children from Arrested Undocumented Immigrants

06/20/2018: Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, H.R. 6136, Introduced in the House Yesterday, 06/19/2018

06/20/2018: Foreign Labor Certification iCERT and PERM Sites Outage Notice

06/19/2018: July 2018 I-485 Filing Charts per Visa Bulletin

06/19/2018: Stay Tuned to This Website for House Legislation of Immigration Reform Bills This Week Beginning from Today

06/18/2018: USCIS Director Remarks of May 4, 2018 Before US Chamber of Commerce, Labor Relations Committee on Employment-Based Nonimmigration Visa Program Reform per Presidential Order of Buy American, Hire American

06/18/2018: Canadian Immigration Reform to Compete and Attract More Foreign Talents

06/18/2018: Approaching Expiration of July 2017-June 2018 SOC Prevailing Wage Data at the End of June 30, 2018

06/18/2018: Reminder of USCIS Alert on Extension of OPT and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations

06/17/2018: List of New Editions of Immigration Forms Mandatory in July 2018

06/17/2018: Count of Approved I-140, I-360, and I-526 Employment-Based Petitions by Country as of April 20, 2018 with Priority Date On or After May 2018 Visa Bulletin

06/17/2018: I-907 Premium Processing Form New Edition Effective Monday, 06/18/2018

06/15/2018: House Released Compromised Immigration Bill 06/14/2018 for Discussion

06/15/2018: International Medical Graduates, ECFMG Just Released June 14, 2018 Report

06/15/2018: State Department Prediction of Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Categories, Post July 2018 Visa Bulletin

06/15/2018: July 2018 Visa Bulletin

06/13/2018: Increased RFE & Denial of H-1Bs and American Immigration Council Just Filed a FOIA Lawsuit Demanding to Release Undisclosed New Standards for RFE & Denials

06/13/2018: House Reportedly Will Vote on Immigration Reform Bills Next Week

06/13/2018: USCIS Notice of Form I-751 Data Entry Delay at California Service Center

06/13/2018: Receipt Notices of I-751 & I-829 as Proof for Permanent Resident Status for 18 Months After the Card Expired Effective 06/11/2018

06/11/2018: Big Thumbs Up for California Service Center Officials

06/11/2018: Legal Challenge Against USCIS Policy Prohibiting 3rd Party Placement of STEM OPT in Federal Court

06/11/2018: USCIS Start Accepting Premium Processing Service Request for 15,000 H-2B Cap Cases Which Have Been Selected in Lottery Selection on 06/07/2018

06/08/2018: STEM OPT Lawsuit: U.S. Court of Appeals Handed Down Decision Today Mostly Sustaining Lower Court Decision, Except Count II Claim

06/07/2018: USCIS to Revise I-539 Form to Incorporate Local Biometric and Interview Procedure and Requirement for Some Selected Nonimmigrants

06/07/2018: New Version of G-325A Form of Biographic Information for Deferred Action Mandatory Effective Monday, 06/11/2018

06/06/2018: USCIS Selects 15,000 Addtional H-2B Cap Petitions by Computer Random Selection Which are Received between 05/31/2018 and 06/06/2018

06/05/2018: Hondurans, Here is USCIS Announcement Today on TPS Re-Registration Details

06/04/2018: Effective 06/01/2018, SAVE Goes Completely Paperless

06/04/2018: USCIS Began Issuing Redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization Today

06/04/2018: Another Forthcoming Big Immigration Reform, Related to November 2018 Mid-Term National Election

06/04/2018: Trump Administration to Reform Shortly H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker Application Program

06/04/2018: Surge of H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Temporary Labor Applications and OFLC Announcement of H-2B Applications Processing

06/04/2018: Honduras TPS Program Termination and Re-Registration Procedure for Temporary TPS Extention for 60 Day Beginning from 06/05/2018

06/01/2018: OFLC Releases Official PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 05/31/2018

05/31/2018: DHS Report of 05/22/2018 with the Court on Progress of H-4 EAD Removal Rule-Making Process Pursuant to the Court Order

"The proposed rule is currently in final DHS clearance. Once it is cleared
through DHS, it will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review
under Executive Order 12,866, Regulatory and Planning Review. As previously
represented to the Court, DHS’s intends to proceed with publication of an NPRM
concerning the H-4 visa rule at issue in this case remains unchanged."

05/31/2018: Watch for Upcoming Immigration Reform Legislation Activities on the Hill Beginning from Next Month as Part of Midterm National Election Strategy in November

05/31/2018: NAFSA Letter to USCIS Director on 05/25/2018 Raising Procedural Legal Issue of Releasing New Policy on its Website to Ban on Third-Party Placement of STEM OPTs

05/31/2018: Effective Today, H-2B I-129 Petition Filing Available for Additional 15,000 Numbers for FY 2018

05/30/2018: USCIS to Extend EVUS (Electronic Visa Update Systems) Requirement for Next Three Years for PRC Travlers in B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 Until 05/31/2021

05/28/2018: Reminder of New Versions of USCIS Forms as Mandatory New Forms in June 2018

Mandatory Date New Version Date Form Number
06/11/2018 03/29/2018 G-325A Form
06/18/2018 04/11/2018 I-907 Form
06/19/2018 04/12/2018 or 12/13/2016 I-360 Form
06/25/2018 04/11/2018 I-821 Form

(USCIS has been revising immigration forms a lot lately to implement the Trump Administration's new policy of security and integrity information collections from the forms. Effective mandatory date, these forms will be rejected unless the forms show new version date. If you use forms from sources other than USCIS website, please make it sure the forms you use are valid and not rejected)

05/25/2018: Advance Copy of Temporary Rule of USCIS, DHS, ETA, WHD on "Exercise of Time-Limited Authority to Increase the Fiscal Year 2018 Numerical Limitation
for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program"

05/25/2018: DHS Announces Today, 05/25/2018, Additional 15,000 H-2B Cap Numbers Available for FY 2018

05/25/2018: Stay Tuned for USCIS Notice for Honduras TPS Re-Registration Pending Termination of TPS Program for Honduras on 01/05/2020

05/25/2018: Proposed Rule to Remove International Entrepreneur Parole (IE Parole) Program

05/24/2018: NAFSA Letter of 05/24/2018 to USCIS Director Against USCIS Policy Memorandum of 05/10/2018 “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants”

05/24/2018: State Department & AILA Liaison Meeting 04/12/2018 Updates Various Questions & Answers on Visa Processing Issues

05/23/2018: Alert: I-751 "Biometric Appointment Notices" of 05/04/2018 in Errors with Wrong ASCs at Wrong Locations

05/23/2018: USCIS Policy Alert of 05/23/2018 on CSPA Policy Manual Update

05/23/2018: Revised I-129CW Form for CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Worker

05/23/2018: DOL Initiates Process of Revision of ETA 9035/ETA 9035E Forms Plus WH-4 Form for Enhanced Transparency and Tracking of Employer Records

05/21/2018: BIA Ruled Today "Engaging in" or "Agreeing or Offering" to Engage in Sexual Conduct for "Anything of Value" as Aggravated Felony

05/21/2018: Reportedly 130 House Bi-Partisan Members Demanded DHS Secretary in a Joint-Letter to Continue H-4 EAD Program

05/21/2018: Procedure for "Nepal" TPS Re-Registration for One Year Before Termination of TPS Effective 06/24/2019

05/18/2018: Alert for OPTs! "Transfering to Another School" or "Study at Another Ed Level" Automatically Terminates OPT & EAD!!

05/15/2018: USCIS Announces FY-2019 H-1B Cap Data Entry Completed and Started to Return Unselected Cases

05/14/2018: USCIS Recalling Approximately 8,543 Incorrectly Dated Green Cards

05/12/2018: USCIS & DOJ Formalize Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud

05/11/2018: Important USCIS Policy Memorandum of 05/10/2018 on "Accrual of Unlawful Presence" for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

05/11/2018: Upcoming ICE F/M Student Pratical Training Reform Rule-Making Agenda for 2018 (Open with Chrome)

05/11/2018: USCIS "Upcoming" 2018 Rule-Making Agenda (Open with Chrome)

05/11/2018: USCIS June 2018 485 Filing Available Charts

Family-Based=Use Filing Date Charts
Employment-Based: Use Final Action Date Charts

05/11/2018: USCIS Plans to Remove Current Requirement of Decision of EAD Applications in 30 Days Filed by First Asylum Applicant

05/11/2018: Trump Administration Plans to Push Ahead H-1B Program Reform in General with Changes of Definitions of "Specialty" Occupation and "Employer-Employee" Relationship [Correction]

05/11/2018: Trump Administration Plans to Reform H-1B Cap Selection Rule Coming Years Selecting Based on the Most-Skilled or Highest-Paid Beneficiaries [Correction]

05/11/2018: DHS Plans to Abandon its Proposed Rule to Require Alien Biometric Data Upon Exit From the United States at Air and Sea Ports of Departure

05/11/2018: Effective Today, 05/11/2018, State Department Implements Revised "Passport" Rule

05/10/2018: Alert: Trump Administration to Expand Definition of "Public Charge" Grounds for Inadmissibility of Immigrants

05/10/2018: Bad News for Mexico Visa Bulletin Ahead and Negative Impact on Worldwide Category Ahead

05/10/2018: June 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

05/07/2018: Some I-601A Cases Processed by NSC and PSC, and NBC No Longer Processes I-601A Cases Hereon

05/07/2018: H-1B Regular Cap Receipt Notices in the Mail

05/07/2018: New Versions of Immigration Forms & Date of Mandatory to Use the New Versions

 Mandatory Date New Version Date Form Number
04/23/2018 11/01/2017 I-824 Form
04/23/2018 11/07/2017 I-817 Form
05/16/2018 03/06/2018 I-864 Fom
05/28/2018 03/03/2018 N-300 Form
06/11/2018 03/29/2018 G-325A Form
06/18/2018 04/11/2018 I-907 Form
06/19/2018 04/12/2018 or 12/13/2016 I-360 Form
06/25/2018 04/11/2018 I-821 Form

(USCIS has been revising immigration forms a lot lately to implement the Trump Administration's new policy of security and integrity information collections from the forms. Effective mandatory date, these forms will be rejected unless the forms show new version date. If you use forms from sources other than USCIS website, please make it sure the forms you use are valid and not rejected)

05/04/2018: Seven States (Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia) Filed Lawsuit Seeking Declaratory Judgment Against DACA

05/04/2018: DHS Secretary Announces Honduras TPS Termination

05/04/2018: Canada Reportedly Scheduled to Expand Biometrics Requirements Effective 07/31/2018

05/04/2018: USCIS FY-2018 Budget Overview

05/04/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 04/30/2018

05/03/2018: OMB Approved on 05/02/2018 Proposed Rule of Rescission of International Entrepreneur Rule

05/02/2018: USCIS Completes CW-1 Cap Lottery for FY-2019 and Returns All Unselected Petitions

05/02/2018: USCIS Policy Alert Reaffirming Continuing CPR Status Pending I-829 Removal of Conditional Permanent Resident Status for EB-5 Immigrants

04/27/2018: Effective Monday, 04/30/2018, USCIS Will Phase in Requirement of Identification & Signature for Postal Service Delivery of Secure Documents

04/26/2018: USCIS FY 2017 Annaul H-1B Petition Report to Congress on 04/09/2018

04/26/2018: DHS Announcement of Termination of TPS for Nepal on 06/24/2019

04/26/2018: White House OMB Director Memorandum to All the Departments and Agencies to Review & Report Progress of Regulatory and Management Reform of Each Department and Each Agency per the Presidential Earlier Order

04/25/2018: Not Too Promising Signs from Today's SCOTUS Hearing Against Travel Ban Presidential Order

04/25/2018: SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on Pending Travel Ban Litigation Today

04/25/2018: Federal District Court in D.C. Ruled on 04/24/2018 Against President Trump Executive Order to Repeal DACA Program

04/25/2018: USCIS Releases Updated Version of I-821 TPS Application of 04/11/2018

04/24/2018: Nebraska Service Center No Longer Accept Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

04/23/2018: USCIS EB-485 Inventory Data as of April 2018

04/23/2018: USCIS Director Reports in Writing on 04/04/2018 to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committe Chairman listing USCIS Current and Future Efforts to Reform Nonimmigrant Programs to Enhance Integrity

04/23/2018: ETA-9089 Permanent Labor Certification Application Form

04/23/2018: DHS Ombudsman Case Assistance Form, DHS-7001 and Instructions

04/23/2018: I-485 Filing Availability Dates Charts for May 2018

04/22/2018: USCIS Changes STEM OPT Employment Policy Prohibiting Out-Placed Employment and Training

"While employers may rely on their otherwise existing training programs or policies to satisfy the requirements relating to performance evaluation and oversight and supervision, the student’s Training Plan must nevertheless be customized for the individual student. For instance, every Training Plan must describe the direct relationship between the STEM OPT opportunity and the student’s qualifying STEM degree, as well as the relationship between the STEM OPT opportunity and the student’s goals and objectives for work-based learning. Moreover, a STEM OPT employer may not assign, or otherwise delegate, its training responsibilities to a non-employer third party (e.g., a client/customer of the employer, employees of the client/customer, or contractors of the client/customer). See 8 C.F.R. 214.2.(f)(10)(ii)(C)(7)(ii) and 2016 STEM OPT Final Rule (pp. 13042, 13079, 13090, 13091, 13092, 13016).

Moreover, the training experience must take place on-site at the employer’s place of business or worksite(s) to which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has authority to conduct employer site visits to ensure that the employer is meeting program requirements. This means that ICE must always have access to a student’s worksite; if the student is sent to different worksite locations as part of the training opportunity, ICE must be able to access such worksite locations. For instance, the training experience may not take place at the place of business or worksite of the employer’s clients or customers because ICE would lack authority to visit such sites.

For the same reason, online or distance learning arrangements may not be used to fulfill the employer’s training obligation to the student. For instance, the employer may not fulfill its training obligation to provide a structured and guided work-based learning experience by having the student make periodic visits to the employer’s place of business to receive training, while the student is actually working at the place of business or worksite of a client or customer of the employer. Similarly, the employer may not fulfill its training obligation by having the student make periodic telephone calls or send periodic email messages to the employer to describe and discuss their experiences at the place of business or worksite of a client or customer of the employer. See 8 C.F.R. 214.2.(f)(10)(ii)(C)(11) and 2016 STEM OPT Final Rule (p. 13041, 13042, 13049, 13062, 13064-66, 13070, 13071, 13090, 13113)."

04/22/2018: Immigration Consumers Are on Alert for Immigration Fraud Activities Out There

04/21/2018: USCIS Releases New Edition of I-360 Form Dated 04/12/2018

04/20/2018: E-Verify Outage for Enhancements from Late Evening Tonight through Late Evening Sunday

04/20/2018: New 04/11/2018 Version of I-907 Premium Processing Request Form Released

04/19/2018: Alert of PERM and iCERT System Interruptions/Degraded Performance During This Weekend!

04/19/2018: Form I-829 Credit Card Payment Not Available

04/19/2018: Unusual Pattern of H-1B Cap Development in FY-2019 H-1B Cap Season

04/18/2018: USCIS Policy Manual Update of 04/18/2018 on "Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship for Children Born Out of Wedlock"

04/17/2018: Some I-601A Applications Transferred from Nebraska Service Center to Potomac Service Center

04/15/2018: Reminder of Trump Administration to Further Tighten H-1B Nonimmigration Program to Protect American Workers

04/13/2018: H-1B Cap Counts by Regular and Master Caps

04/12/2018: OFLC Releases Foreign Labor Certification Applications Performance Data for FY 2018 Second Quarter Ending 03/31/2018

04/12/2018: USCIS Releases G-325A Form of 03/29/2018 for Deferred Action

04/12/2018: SHOCKS, SHOCKS! Devastating H-1B Master Cap Random Selection Chances

04/12/2018: FY 2019 H-1B Cap Random Selection Completed

04/12/2018: Forthcoming Changes to I-907 Premium Processing Request Form

04/11/2018: Reminder of Immigrant Visa Processing Location Change from U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India

04/11/2018: USCIS Lottery for FY-2019 CW-1 Visa Cap of 4,999

04/11/2018: May 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

04/10/2018: USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website to Verify Employment Eligibility

04/08/2018: Upcoming Decision of the Supreme Court of United States (SCOTUS) and Fate of DACA Dreamers

04/07/2018: FY-2019 H-1B Cap Filing Deadline is Over, Followed by Scheduled USCIS Computer Random Selection Process

04/06/2018: USCIS Official Announcement of H-1B Cap Reach Today

04/06/2018: H-4 EAD Statistics by Gender FY 2015 - FY 2018

04/04/2018: DOL FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

04/04/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 03/31/2018

04/03/2018: ALERT! Undeliverable Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents to be Destroyed After 60 Days

04/03/2018: Effective 05/01/2018, SAVE to Reject Submission of Paper Form G-845, Documentation Verification Request

03/31/2018: Delay in Rule-Making Process for Proposed Rule to Remove International Entrepreneur Parole Program of Obama Administration

03/31/2018: USCIS/CSC and CBP POE at Blaine, Washington State to Implement Joint Pilot Program for Processing of Canadian NAFTA L-1 Visa Petitions

03/30/2018: FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Legislation Authorized DHS to Double H-2B Non-agricultural Temporary Workers Cap FY-2018

03/29/2018: USCIS Release New Policy Memorandum on "Related Entities" for Filing Multiple H-1B Cap Petitions for Same Foreign Worker

03/29/2018: State Department Proposal to Revise DS-156 and DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application Forms, to Collect Additional Information

03/29/2018: State Department Proposal to Revise DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application Form, to Collect Additional Information

03/29/2018: USCIS Notice of Filing Procedures for EAD and Automatic Extension of Existing EAD for Eligible Liberians Before Period of DED Ends on 03/31/2019

03/29/2018: DOL Seeks Comments & Inputs for O'Net System with Scheduled Implementation of New Occupational Classification in 2018

03/27/2018: Presidential Memorandum Terminating DED for Liberians on 03/31/2019 With Temporary Extension of Current DED Until 03/31/2019

03/27/2018: Omnibus Spending Bill Defeated Trump Administration Scheme to Expand En Masse Immigration Enforcement

03/27/2018: USCIS Initiates New "Pilot" Processing Times Reports

03/23/2018: Senate Concurred to House Omnibus Spending Bill, Resulting in Passage of Omnibus Bill Yesterday

03/22/2018: AAO Decision of 03/19/2018 Affecting EB-1C Immigrant Seekers Leaving the Foreign Employers for Their Nonimmigrant Stay in the United States for Two Years

03/22/2018: House to Pass FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill Today: What’s in and What’s out?

03/21/2018: OPT Students, SEVP Launches the SEVP Portal Effective 03/23/2018

03/20/2018: Please Visit FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season Site for All Other Details, Including Filing Tips

03/20/2018: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing Services for FY-2019 H-1B (Regular & Master Caps)

03/20/2018: USCIS Processing Times Updated 03/19/2018 and H-1B Processing Times are as Follows

   Extension  COS  Consular Proc
 CSC 11/01/2017 11/01/2017 11/01/2017
 VSC 08/14/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
 NSC N/A - -

03/20/2018: Annual Update to Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers' Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging, for H-2A & H-2B Labor Certification Application

03/19/2018: USCIS Announces H-1B Changes in Three (3) Ways

03/16/2018: New Edition of I-864, Affidavit of Support Form, Edition of 03/06/2018

03/15/2018: Employers, Effective 03/26/2018, USCIS is Scheduled to Release Enhanced E-Verify System

03/15/2018: I-485 Filing Charts for April 2018

03/15/2018: USCIS Updates 03/14/2018 H-1B Processing Times

   Extension  COS  Consular Proc
 CSC 11/01/2017 11/01/2017 11/01/2017
 VSC 08/14/2017 04/10/2017 04/10/2017
 NSC N/A - -

03/14/2018: DHS Office of Inspector General Reports Discrepancy of USCIS Website Report on Processing Times for I-485 Applications

03/14/2018: Extension of Employment Authorization for Syrian F-1 Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of Civil Unrest in Syria Since
March 2011

03/11/2018: USCIS Discloses All the Names of H-1B Visa (364,584 Approved in FY 2017) User Employers

03/11/2018: USCIS Discloses All the Names of L-1 Visa (36,315 Approved in FY 2017) User Employers

03/08/2018: DACA March 5, 2018 Rescission Order and DHS Announcement of Continuous Renewal Application Receipt Per the Court Order

03/08/2018: USCIS New Poverty Guidelines of March 1, 2018 Version Released

03/07/2018: OFLC PERM PWD and PERM Processing Times as of 02/28/2018

03/05/2018: Supposed Death Valley for DACA "MARCH 5" To Come and Gone, in Part Abandoned by the Leaders in the Hill

03/05/2018: Alert - SAVE Goes "Paperless" Effective 05/01/2018

03/02/2018: OPM Announced All the Federal Offices in Washington D.C. Areas Closed Today for Wind Storm

03/02/2018: State Department Massive Updates for Visa Reciprocity for the Last Several Months

03/02/2018: TPS Designation Extension for Syria Until 09/30/2019

03/01/2018: H-4 EAD Rescission Proposed Rule Publication Schedule Changed from February 2018 to June 2018

03/01/2018: DOL PERM "Supervised Recruitment" Webinar of 03/07/2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM (EST)

03/01/2018: American Immigration Council Won in Litigation for EB-1C I-140 Petition for its Employee in a Foreign Country for Nine (9) Years W/O Subsidicary or Affiliate in the Foreign Country

03/01/2018: USCIS Completes Random Selection Process for H-2B Visa Cap for Second Half of FY 2018

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