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Archive XXIVB

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11/29/2014: Time Demands "Maturity" and "Interest of People" for the Leaders of the Nation

11/28/2014: ICE Guidance on "How to Seek Prosecutorial Discretion from ICE"

11/28/2014: House Judiciary Full Committee Schedules a Hearing on President Obama's Executive Overreach on Immigration Tuesday, 12/02/2014 01:00 PM (EST)

11/28/2014: Return of Congress on 12/01/2014 to Finish the Two-Week Lame Duck Sessions in 2014

11/28/2014: DHS/OIG Semiannual Report to Congress (04/01/2014-09/30/2014) Reflects USCIS Information Technology Management Challenges

11/25/2014: Legal Overview of Executive Discretion as to Immigration by Congressional Research Service 11/10/2014

11/25/2014: USCIS Detroit Office Closed Today for Facility Issue

11/24/2014: USCIS All Forms Processing Statistics by Decisions and By Periods (Quarters and By Year) in FY 2014

11/24/2014: USCIS N-400 Processing Statistics for 4th Quarter 2014

11/24/2014: USCIS DACA Processing Details for 4th Quarter 2014

11/24/2014: USCIS I-130 Petitions Processing Data for 4th Quarter 2014 by Types and by Field Offices

11/24/2014: USCIS I-485 Applications Processing Data for 4th Quarter 2014 by Types and by Service Center/Local Field Offices

11/24/2014: I-140 Processing Statistics for 4th Quarter 2014

 Receipt 24,959
Approvals 20,482
Denials 2,041
Pending 30,430

11/24/2014: EB-485 Processing Statistics in 4th Quarter (07/01/2014-09/30/2014)

   New Receipt  Approvals  Denials  Pending
 NSC 13,984 15,051 422 49,170
 TSC 18,097 22,445 972 62,527
 CSC 1,033 252 36 929
 VSC 11 0 0 11

11/24/2014: Still Room for Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Reform Ahead Potentially Using Change to Annual Numerical Limit to Immigrant Visa Numbers and Recapture of Unused Visa Numbers Without Further Presidential Executive Actions

11/24/2014: USCIS Plans Completion of Rule-Making Process for Proposed Reform for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants Programs

11/24/2014: USCIS Considering Implementing in April 2015 Expansion of Transformation Program Covering H-1B, H-1C, K, and V non immigrant Visa Programs

11/24/2014: Executive Actions Benefits Available Timelines

11/22/2014: Almost Half of Total Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Scheduled to Receive Immigration Reliefs by the Obama's Executive Actions

11/22/2014: Full Text of President's Remarks in Las Vegas on Immigration Executive Actions and Two Memorandums Signed Yesterday

11/21/2014: Rep. Bob Goodlatte Reelected as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Next Year

11/21/2014: H-4 EAD Final Action Planned in December 2014

11/21/2014: Now, it is State Department Turn - What's in Your Wallet for Executive Actions for Visa Bulletin Management Improvement Which are Called for in the President's Executive Actions?

11/21/2014: DOL Executive Actions in PERM Programs and Others Which Are Called for in the Obama Immigration Executive Actions

11/21/2014: Our Message to Republican Leaders in the House and the Senate to Start Piecemeal Immigration Reform Legislations in the First Month of Republican Congress

11/21/2014: Obama Scheduled to "Sign" Executive Order for Immigration After Rally at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas Today

11/21/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum for Parole-in Place & Deferred Action for Families of U.S. Armed Services Members and Enlistees

11/21/2014: One Challenging Question on Implementation of Executive Actions - Impact on Existing Programs

11/21/2014: Current DACA Beneficiaries with 2-Year Deferred Action Period Eligible for 3-Year Period

11/21/2014: Congress Adjourned Until 12/01/2014 for the Thanksgivng Holidays

11/21/2014: DOL Online Networks System-Wide Maintenance and Outage Alert: Tonight 08:30 pm - 06:00 am

11/21/2014: What's in Your Wallet, DOL PERM Leaders?

11/20/2014: USCIS Plan & Q&A of Implementation of Exective Actions in Immigration 11/20/2014

11/20/2014: ICE Implementation of Executive Actions in Immigration 11/20/2014

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 to Promote the Naturalization Process

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Exective Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 to Revise Removal Priorities

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 to End Secure Communities and Replace it with New Priority Enforcement Program

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 to Strenthen Border Security

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Three Executive Action Memoranda of 11/20/2014 to Revise Parole Rules

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 to Expand Provisional Waivers to Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 for Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 for Extension of Deferred Action Relief to Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

11/20/2014: DHS Secretary Executive Action Memorandum of 11/20/2014 for Policies Supporting U.S. High-Skilled Businesses and Workers

11/20/2014: White House Legible Version of Obama Executive Action Plans Released Today

11/20/2014: Full Text of Obama Executive Action Plans Summary

11/20/2014: Leaked Obama EO Plans Cause a Shock Wave and Rage in the "Legal" Foreign Workers Community

11/20/2014: GOP Battle to Fight Against Obama Immigration EO More Or Less Limited to Court Battle Rather Than Legislative Battle

11/20/2014: Major National TV Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, & Fox) Not to Broadcast Obama's Today Speech on Executive Actions Announcement

11/20/2014: Buffalo, NY USCIS Offices Closed Today due to Inclement Weather.

11/20/2014: State Department Final Rules for Adjustment of Service Fees for Visas and Passport

11/20/2014: USCIS Designation of Guinea for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

11/20/2014: USCIS Designation of Liberia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

11/20/2014: USCIS Designation of Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

11/19/2014: Uninformed Foreign Workers and Employers Anxious to Learn Employment-Based Immigration Reform Part of Obama Executive Actions

11/19/2014: Buffalo Passport Agency Closed Through the Weekend Due to Inclement Weather

11/19/2014: White House Official Notice of Tomorrow's Obama Executive Actions Announcement

11/19/2014: Obama to Release Executive Actions Preview Announcement Tomorrow Thursday B/4 Full Release on Friday 11/21/2014

11/19/2014: Obama to Head for Las Vegas to Release Executive Actions as Scheduled on 11/21/2014 Friday

11/19/2014: "Tension" Rises as 11/21/2014 Friday Approaches in Two Days

11/17/2014: Obama Should Wait Until Congress Finishes Up Lame Duck Session

11/17/2014: SEVP Deploys New Class of Field Representatives to Work with US Schools Hosting International Students

11/17/2014: Integrity of EB-5 Regional Center Investment Immigration Program Management Still Remains a Concern of DHS Inspector General in October 2014

11/17/2014: Very "Tense" One Week in Washington on Immigration Executive Actions Issue

11/15/2014: GOP Leaning Towards the Option of Short-Term Spending Bills Rather Than Completely Blocking Bill Leading to Government Shut-Down

11/14/2014: GOP Reportedly Debates Two Strategies Against Obama Immigration Executive Actions

11/14/2014: Timing of Obama Immigration Executive Actions Release

11/13/2014: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Releases Today 4th Quarter 2014 Disclosure Data

11/13/2014: White House in Disarray or Conservatives Pouring Gas for Wild Forest Fire?

11/13/2014: Alert for USPS Website Changes for USPS Users for Immigration Filing and Delivery Confirmation

11/13/2014: Fox News Reports Obama to Announce 10-Point Immigration Plan as Early as Next Week

11/12/2014: Effective 11/12/2014, National Visa Center No Longer Collecting Original Civil Documents For Immigrant Visa Processing

11/12/2014: Second Reason Why President Cannot Use His Pen for Immigration Executive Actions Before Mid-December 2014

11/12/2014: IMGs, ECFMG On-line Services Will be Unavailable November 15 This Friday, 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM (EST)

11/12/2014: State Department Releases China Reciprocity Schedule as DOS Launches Multiple 10-Year B Visa and Multiple 5-Year F/M/J Visas Effective Today

11/12/2014: Filing of Green Card Replacement Application, I-90, Available on Online ELIS System

11/11/2014: USCIS Notice of 11/10/2014 on Service Interruptions With Customer Service Tools

11/11/2014: USCIS New Website Currently Experiencing Delays, Glitches, and Other Problems

11/11/2014: USCIS Updated Monthly Processing Time 11/10/2014

11/11/2014: Lame Duck House Calendar for November and December

11/11/2014: Effective Tomorrow, U.S. Consulates Issue 10-Yr Multiple Entry Visitor Visas (B) and 5-Yr Multiple Entry F/M/J Visas to Chinese Nationals

11/10/2014: All Kinds of Speculation or Rumors Running Around About the Extent of Obama Immigration Executive Actions

11/10/2014: Change of Leadership for the DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification and Potential Change in Policies and Management

11/10/2014: Reminder of Password Change Requirement for PERM Online Program Before the 24th of November

11/10/2014: DHS Launches Security Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program Effective 11/03/2014

11/09/2014: Obama Immigration Executive Actions a Matter of Time Rather Than a Question of "Will He" Despite Intense Opposition from GOP Leaders

11/07/2014: There We Go! Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid Plots Floor Actions in Lame Duck Sessions

11/07/2014: Official PERM Processing Times as of 11/07/2014

11/07/2014: Official Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 11/07/2014

11/07/2014: December 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

11/07/2014: After All, Immigration Friendly Secretary Thomas Perez Will Stay with the U.S. Department of Labor

11/07/2014: USCIS Website - New Look and Enhanced Tools with More Mobile Device Friendly

11/07/2014: The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Return to Hill for the Lame-Duck Sessions with Different Strategic Agenda

11/07/2014: EB-485 Inventory Data as of 10/03/2014 Released

11/07/2014: State Department Proposes to Reinstate Form DS-157 for Iraqi & Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Application Proceeding

11/06/2014: USCIS Notice of I-751 Workload Transfer from VSC to CSC

11/06/2014: USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage Alert Tomorrow Evening for Three Hours

11/06/2014: State Department Updates on 11/04/2014 Country Reciprocity for Israel, Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza Strip Documents

11/05/2014: USCIS Reminder for TPS Applicants and Re-registrants for Biometric Requirements

11/05/2014: Ten (10) Areas of Immigration Reform the Heritage Foundation (Conservatives Think-Tank) to Push for New Republican Congress and Leaders

11/05/2014: Republican U.S. Senate and Republcian House of Representatives and Immigration Reform

11/04/2014: Here We Go! I Will Go and Cast My Ballot! Please Take me as One of the Masters Today for the Elected Public"Servants!"

11/04/2014: Reno, Nevada USCIS Field Office Closed Today Due to Facility Issue

11/04/2014: State Department Changes Birth Certification Information in the Reciprocity Table for Afghanistan

11/03/2014: Office of Foreign Labor Certification iCERT Password Reactivate Alert

1. Action to be taken on the account
2. Reason for the account change
3. Account username
4. Full name of the original contact person on the account (if different from the requestor)
5. Full name of the new contact person on the account (if applicable)
6. Name of the business
7. Current business phone number to contact

11/03/2014: Reminder of Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States

11/03/2014: DOL Secretary Thomas Perez Likely Nominated to the New Attorney General Post

11/03/2014: Our Talk on Post-Election Immigration Issues May be Delayed until Elections of Senators Complete

11/03/2014: Let's Talk About Immigration in the Context of Lame Duck Congress and 2016 Presidential Election After Midterm Elections Over Tomorrow

11/02/2014: Last Two Days to Hit Political Home Runs

11/01/2014: International Competition Heating Up to Lure Talented or Millionnaire Immigrants

10/31/2014: USCIS Interim Memorandum of 10/30/2014 on Changes to T and U Programs

10/31/2014: National Record Center of USCIS Adding 1.5 Million New Files Each Year

10/31/2014: Hillary Clinton Also Heckled by Immigration Protesters

10/30/2014: BIA Ruled on 10/30/2014 Admissibility of Form I-9 for Charges of Removability or Eligibility for Relief from Removal

10/30/2014: Midterm National Elections in Five Days and Contrasting Media Spins Between Democrats and Republicans

10/28/2014: USCIS Releases on 10/28/2014 Policy Memorandum on DNA Evidence of Sibling Relationships

10/28/2014: USCIS Policy Alert of 10/28/2014 on Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) on Immigration and Acquisition of Citizenship

10/28/2014: USCIS Revises Form G-28 & G-28I and Document Delivery Parties Effective 01/27/2015

10/27/2014: OFLC Finally Updates and Releases 4th Quarter Fact Sheet for PERM

10/27/2014: Eight Days Left for the Mid-Term National Elections

10/27/2014: Reminder - Effective Today, Atlanta PERM Processing Center No Longer Forwards Denied Reconsideration Request to BALCA

10/27/2014: USCIS to Make myE-Verify Checks Available in All 50 States and U.S. Territories by the Middle of 2015

10/26/2014: USCIS Processing Times Update Released 10/24/2014

10/25/2014: Post-Election Republican Majority U.S. Senate Scenario and Stake of High-Tech Employers and Foreign Workers

10/25/2014: Holiday Travel Season and State Department Advisory on Expedited U.S. Passport Services

10/24/2014: DOL Online Sites Outage Tonight from 8:30 pm to 6:00 am Tomorrow Morning

10/24/2014: State Department Update of Reciprocity Table for Ukraine

10/24/2014 State Department Update of Reciprocity Table for Jordan

10/23/2014: Important Notice Regarding TPS Re-Registration for Central Americans

10/23/2014: Important OFLC Notice on Practice Change for Procedure for BALCA Review Request

10/23/2014: Self Lock Feature for myE-Verify Users Locking Social Security Numbers in E-Verify to Prevent Fraudulent Use in the Future

10/23/2014: OFLC/DOL Update H-2B Temporary Agricultural Worker Certification Program Factsheet for the 4th Quarter of 2014 Ending 09/30/2014

10/23/2014: OFLC/DOL Update H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Certification Program Factsheet for the 4th Quarter of 2014 Ending 09/30/2014

10/23/2014: OFLC/DOL Update H-1B LCA Factsheet for the 4th Quarter of 2014 Ending 09/30/2014

10/23/2014: OFLC/DOL Update Prevailing Wage Determination Factsheet for the 4th Quarter of 2014 Ending 09/30/2014

10/23/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of August 2014

  TSC NSC National
Pending 15,501 10,707 26,266
Customer Action Wait 1,761 1,363 3,124
Completed 3,950 3,383 7,333
New Receipt 4,633 3,598 8,231
l

(Over all volumes remain very much similar between June and July 2014. )

10/23/2014: USCIS Service Center I-765 (EAD) Processing Volume Update at the End of August 2014

  TSC

 

NSC

National
Pending 28,569 32,740 226,331
Customer Action Wait 722 12,323 18,177
Completed 11,334 20,982 106,347
New Receipt 10,800 16,591 88,603

10/23/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of August 2014

  TSC NSC National
Pending 38,158 57,449
Preadjudicated 36,039 28,171 64,260
Customer Action Wait 4,509 5,221  
Completed 10,487 11,337  
New Receipt 7,849 10,799  

10/23/2014: USCIS (AAO) Appeal Processing Times Update as of 10/01/2014

10/23/2014: Here We Go! White House Response to Controversy Raised by USCIS Cards Procurement Solicitation Notice

10/23/2014: Inching High-Stake Midterm National Elections and Period of Government Information/Data Deficiency Syndrome

10/22/2014: USCIS Technical Update of Policy Manual on Religious Missionaries Abroad and Residence and Physical Presence

10/22/2014: USCIS Technical Update of Policy Manual on Treating Certain Peace Corps Congractors as U.S. Government Employees

10/22/2014: USCIS Cards Procurement Solicitation Notice for Green-Cards/EAD Cards Upto 34 Million Gives Conservative Media to Sway Vulnerable Democratic Majority Senate in Elections

10/22/2014: CBP Notice of Arrival Restrictions Applicable to Flights Carrying Persons Who Have Recently Traveled To, From, or Through Certain Ebola-Stricken Countries

10/20/2014: USCIS Scheduled to Issue on 10/21/2014 Cards Procurement Bidding Soliciation Notice for Immigration Related Card Production

10/19/2014: No Political Fire Over DHS Announcement of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program

10/17/2014: House Judiciary Committee Chair and Immigration Subcommitte Chair Joint Letter to the President to Ban Admission of Foreign Nationals Present in Ebola Affected Countries During Past Two Months

10/17/2014: OFLC Announces That H-1B LCA Legacy Records No Longer Available Effective 10/17/2014

10/17/2014: USCIS Teleconference on 10/22/2014 on Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program

10/17/2014: DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

10/16/2014: Anti-Immigration Group Mounts One Million Dollar Ad Campaigns Against New Employment-Based Immigration

10/15/2014: TPS Designation Extension of Nicaragua from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016

10/15/2014: TPS Designation Extension of Honduras from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016

10/13/2014: USCIS Offices Closed Today in Observance of Columbus Day.

10/11/2014: Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Letter to the President Against Executive Actions for Employment-based Immigration Reform After Elections

10/10/2014: USCIS Changes Secure Ink Color From Red to Blue in Certain Immigration Document Stamps

10/10/2014: USCIS Updates Information and Guide on "How to Apply or Renew" DACA

10/10/2014: USCIS Schedules a Stakeholder Teleconference on I-129 P-1A Petition for Internationally Recognized Athletes on 10/15/2014, 02:00-03:00 PM EST

10/10/2014: USCIS/VSC Schedules a Webinar Session on T and U Visa Relief Programs on 10/15/2014, 02:00-03:00 PM EST

10/10/2014: Honest Question Addressed to the Leaders of This Country: Do You Really Think Retaining Highly Skilled Foreign Talents is a Matter of National Interest to Our Country or Just a Matter of Political Lip Service or Political Game?

10/09/2014: State Department Prediction of Visa Availability in the Coming Months

10/09/2014: November 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

10/09/2014: U.S. Pakistan Reciprocity Schedules Updated 10/07/2014 Address and Phone Number for Karachi U.S. Consulate General

10/09/2014: Inching November National Election Day and Immigration Reform Temporarily Under the Rug at the National Level by Both Parties

10/09/2014: DREAMERs I-821D DACA Applications Processing Times and Renewal Application Advisory

10/08/2014: Official PERM Processing Times as of 10/06/2014

10/08/2014: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 10/08/2014

10/08/2014: USCIS Processing Times Update on 10/07/2014

10/07/2014: OFLC Notice of 10/07/2014 on Staggered Crossing of Seafood Industry Extension Through 12/11/2014 Affecting H-2B Visa Application Procedure

10/07/2014: OFLC Cancels iCERT & PERM System Outage Alert

"The General Services Administration has rescheduled a full power maintenance outage for the Department of Labor for the Spring of 2015. Therefore, the previously announced outage will no longer take place on Saturday, October 11th (Columbus Day weekend) and all PERM and iCERT System services will remain available and operate normally. We will post more information about the rescheduled outage as it becomes available closer to the date."

10/07/2014: Two-Step Report of Change of Address for Those Whose Cases Are Currently Pending or Recently Approved

10/06/2014: Extension of P.L. 111-230 Law to 09/30/2015 and Continuing Requirement of Payment of Additional $2,000 for H-1B and $2,250 for L-1 Petition for Certain Employers

10/06/2014: USCIS Field Offices Closing Today: Saipan and Guam

10/05/2014: India EB-2 Visa Cut-Off Date Predicted Retrogression - November or December?

10/03/2014: Reminder of Approaching Expiration of Current Password for iCERT Users on 10/18/2014

10/03/2014: USCIS Alert of 10/02/2014 for Employers on USCIS Disposal of Old Everify

10/03/2014: USCIS Notice of Some Biometric Appointment Notices Issued in Error

10/03/2014: State Department Final Rule to Make Some Changes to Exchange Visitor Program Sponsorship Eligibility and Designation Effective 01/04/2015

10/03/2014: Remarks by the President at CHC (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute) Gala 10/02/2014

10/02/2014: A Group of Democratic Congress Members Write a Letter to President Urging President to Include Employment-based Reforms in President's Executive Actions

10/01/2014: Immigration Executive Action Lobbyies

10/01/2014: DHS Inspector General Office (OIG) FY 2015 Annual Performance Plan

10/01/2014: Congressional Research Service 09/24/2014 Report of Demographics of Unaccompanied Children

09/30/2014: USCIS Federal Register Notice of Filing Procedures for Employment Authorization and Automatic Extension of Existing EAD for Liberians Eligible for DED

09/30/2014: Reminder of DV-2016 Immigration Lotttery Regislation Starting Noon (EST) Tomorrow

09/30/2014: Full Text of President's Memorandum Ordering Two-Year Extension for DED for Liberians

09/29/2014: Five-Day U.S. Visit Schedules of the New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

09/26/2014: DED and EAD for Liberians in DED Automatically Extended to 03/30/2015

09/26/2014: A Funny Story of the Day

09/26/2014: DHS Sets CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Numerical Limitation at 13,999 for FY-2015

09/26/2014: Jackson, Mississippi USCIS Field Support Office and Application Support Center Closed Today

09/26/2014: OMB Approves on 09/25/2014 TPS Designation Extension for Honduras and Nicaragua

09/25/2014: USCIS Service Center I-765 (EAD) Processing Volume Update at the End of July 2014

  TSC

 

NSC

National
Pending 28,866 40,487 247,704
Customer Action Wait 702 8,755 13,566
Completed 10,783 24,490 108,012
New Receipt 12,146 20,669 98,614

(Note: Please note the figure of new receipts for the national total! 98,614. Look also total completed EADs in one month in July, 108,012. There were frantically adjudicating EADs but they had a mounting new receipts and amounting total pending cases! NSC had a huge customer action waiting cases. Apparently, the volumes may have something to do with DACA applicants EAD applications during the time. These numbers could probably be much worse in August and September!)

09/25/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of July 2014

  TSC NSC National
Pending 39,360 56,585
Preadjudicated 35,562 27,780 63,397
Customer Action Wait 6,672 6,793  
Completed 7,256 9,433  
New Receipt 8,273 10,969  

(Note: There is not much change or move in July because EB visa cut-off dates remained retrogressed. The pictures are likely totally different in August statistics. One wonders how many of these preadjudicated applications have been consumed in July and August 2014.)

09/25/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of July 2014

  TSC NSC National
Pending 14,523 11,201 25,786
Customer Action Wait 1,703 1,521 3,224
Completed 4,577 3,325 7,903
New Receipt 5,074 3,756 8,830

(Over all volumes remain very much similar between June and July 2014. )

09/25/2014: CSC/VSC Rescheduled Teleconference on "H-1B Filing Tips and Religious Workers Engagement" from Today to 10/09/2014

09/24/2014: Obama's Scheduled Appearance at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 37th Annual Awards Gala on 10/02/2014 Draws Nervous Attention

09/24/2014: DOL Predicts Delays of PERM Applications Ahead

09/23/2014: OFLC iCERT & PERM Systems Outage Alert: 10/10/2014 Evening thru 10/11/2014 Evening

09/23/2014: State Department Announcement of DV Numbers Exhausted for DV-2014

09/23/2014: FY 2016 DV Immigration Lottery Announcement and Instructions of the State Department

09/23/2014: Republican Members of House Judiciary Committee Demands Obama to Disclose DHS/DOJ Executive Action Proposals

09/23/2014: DOS Prediction of EB Visa Number Regression Ahead and Increasing Attention to the Rule of Cross Chargeability of Spouse's Nationality

09/23/2014: Manner and Order of Processing of Pending EB-485 Applications in Service Centers

09/23/2014: Delays in EAD Processing Presenting a Hardship to EB-485 Applicants

09/21/2014: Officially Fall Does not Start Until 10/22/2014 Monday 10:29 PM

09/21/2014: USCIS Updates Processing Times Reports 09/19/2014 with the Cut-Off Date of 07/31/2014

09/19/2014: YouTube Recording of USCIS Korean Language Engagement Session on 08/27/2014 on DACA

09/19/2014: USCIS Updates DACA Frequently Asked Questions & How Do I Information in Several Foreign Languages

09/19/2014: USCIS Proposes to Revise I-693 Form, Medical Examination Results

09/19/2014: H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization Final Rule: Lamb of the Midterm National Election?

09/19/2014: U.S. Senate Adjourned Until 11/12/2014

09/18/2014: List of 40 Organizations Receiving 2014 USCIS Citizenship Grants

09/18/2014: NSC and TSC Practice on EB-485 Transfer from I-140 to Another I-140 or I-130

09/18/2014: Disapperance of Obama Immigration Pen and House Smooth Passage of H.R. Res. 124 Stop Gap Government Funding Through 12/11/2014

09/17/2014: Backlog of I-130 Petitions for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens Reportedly Removed

09/17/2014: The Nation Celebrates the Constitution Day Today

09/17/2014: Japan Visa Reciprocity Schedule Updated by the State Department for Police Clearance Matters

09/16/2014: As Election Day Approaches, the Country Remains "Eerily" Quiet and Silent on the Term "Immigration"

09/16/2014: EOIR/DOJ Notice of Rule-Making on Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings

09/16/2014: EOIR/DOJ Notice of Rule-Making on Pro Bono Legal Service Providers in Immigration Proceedings

09/15/2014: Congressional Research Service Releases a Report on Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Foreign Policy Considerations

09/15/2014: Wow Media, Are You Already Talking About the U.S. Senate Republican Majority Leaderships for Powerful Committees?

09/15/2014: Macau S.A.R. Reciprocity Update by the State Department

09/13/2014: ICE Alert of SEVIS Access Request Ticketing System Migration and Potential Delay in Processing of SEVIS Access Requests

09/12/2014: Political Parties Walking on a Thin Ice Surface Facing Midterm National Election in Less Than Eight Weeks

09/12/2014: USCIS Detroit District Office Closed Today

09/11/2014: India EB-2 Visa Numbers May Retrogress Back to Early 2005

09/11/2014: China EB-5 May See Cut-Off Date Probably in May 2015

09/11/2014: Good News for EB-3 Filipinos

09/11/2014: PERM 2014 4th Quarter Fact Sheet as of 08/31/2014

09/11/2014: DOL H-1B LCA Fact Sheet of 4th Quarter of FY 2014 as of 08/31/2014

09/11/2014: DOL H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Labor Certification 4th Quarter Fact Sheet of FY 2014 as of 08/31/2014

09/11/2014: DOL H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker Labor Certifications 4th Quarter Fact Sheet of FY 2014 as of 08/31/2014

09/11/2014: DOL Prevailing Wage Determination 4th Quarter Fact Sheet of FY 2014 as of 08/31/2014

09/11/2014: Unconfirmed Sources Indicates EB-2 India FY-2014 Cap Exhausted Yesterday 09/10/2014

09/10/2014: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 09/08/2014

09/09/2014: DHS Secretary Campaign Urging Congress Supplemental Funding for the Southern Border Undocumented UACs

09/09/2014: USCIS Releases Policy Alert on 09/09/2014 on H-3 Program Policy Consolidation in Policy Manual

09/09/2014: No Announcement of DV-2016 Lottery Program

09/09/2014: State Department Official Prediction of EB-2 India Retrogression as Early as November 2014!

09/09/2014: October Visa Bulletin

09/09/2014: TPS Designation Extension for Nicaragua Submitted to OMB for Review/Approval 09/08/2014

09/09/2014: TPS Designation Extension for Honduras Submittted to OMB for Review/Approval 09/08/2014

09/08/2014: Official PERM Processing Times as of 09/03/2014

09/06/2014: Time for Immigration Advocates to Ponder "What Would be Their Best Interest"

09/06/2014: Obama Decided to Delay Immigration Executive Actions Until After November 2014 Elections

09/05/2014: Reportedly, President Received Immigration Actions Proposals from Attorney General and DHS Secretary

09/05/2014: DOL Strategic Plans and Performance Goals FY 2014-2018 and Foreign Labor Certification Programs

   2011  2012  2013 2014   2015  2016  2017  2018
 H-1B (7 days)    100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%
 H-2A (30 days)        80%  80%  80%  80%  80%
 H-2B (30 days)      85% 90%  90%  90%  90%  90%
 PERM (Audit Track)        305-450 days  475-600 days  ?  ?  ?
 PERM (Non-Audit Track)        150-225 days  250-350 days  ?  ?  ?

09/04/2014: USCIS Updates Appeals (AAO) Processing Times as of 09/01/2014

09/04/2014: USCIS Updates Processing Times 09/04/2014

09/04/2014: USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage Alert This Sunday 09/07/2014

09/03/2014: Ongoing Eerie Silence of Republicans on Obama Immigration Executive Actions

09/03/2014: 136 Law Professors Sent a Joint Letter Supporting President's Legal Authority for Executive Action for Relief of Undocumented Immigrants

09/03/2014: State Department Has Updated the Reciprocity for the Three Countries 09/02/2014

09/03/2014: Republican Legislative Leaders Explore Potential Fraud & Abuse in DACA Program

09/02/2014: USCIS Releases Today Detailed Guidance for Sudan TPS Registration and Extension Application Process

09/02/2014: USCIS Releases Today Detailed Guidance for South Sudan TPS Registration and Extension Application Process

09/02/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of June 2014

  TSC NSC National
Pending 38,351 53,763
Preadjudicated 35,522 28,622 64,202
Customer Action Wait 6,672 6,793  
Completed 6,162 7,136  
New Receipt 7,683 11,134  

(Note: There is not much change or move in June because EB visa cut-off dates remained retrogressed. The pictures are likely totally different in July and August statistics. One wonders how many of these preadjudicated applications have been consumed in July and August 2014.)

09/02/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of June 2014

  TSC NSC National
Pending 13,480 10,410 23,951
Customer Action Wait 1,703 1,521 3,224
Completed 4,485 2,872 7,357
New Receipt 4,844 3,782 8,626

(Over all volumes remain very much similar between May and June 2014. However, we can notice that the numbers for waiting customer actions (assumedly mostly RFEs) have substantially increased in June.

09/02/2014: Agonizing White House as the End of Summer (09/21/2014) Approaching

09/02/2014: State Department Corrects Effective Date of Consular Service and Visa Fee from 09/06/2014 to 09/12/2014

09/02/2014: DHS OIG (Office of Inspector General) Reports of 0828/2014 on Status of Unaccompanied Aliens from Central America

08/31/2014: H-4 Employment Authorization Final Rule Making Process Should be Separately Handled from Obama Executive Actions Controversy

08/29/2014: Obama Considering a Third Option Relating to Timing of Immigration Executive Actions?

08/29/2014: What is the Current U.S. Policy on U.S. Restrictions on Travel to Cuba?

08/29/2014: USCIS Teleconference on H-1B Filing Tips and Religious Workers Engagement, 09/25/2014

08/29/2014: Notice of Designation Extension of TPS for Sudan

08/29/2014: Notice of Redesignation and Extension of TPS for South Sudan

08/29/2014: White House Confirms No Impact of Government Shut-Down Threat on President's Plan for Immigration Executive Actions

08/29/2014: State Department Clarifies Meaning of EB-5 Visa Unavailable Effective 08/23/2014 for China

08/28/2014: Unconfirmed Sources Indicate Obama's Release of Immigration Executive Action Pushed Off to His Return from Overseas Trips in September

08/28/2014: Alert to PERM Users & Subusers - OFLC Requirement for Employer's Periodical Change of Passwords Per Their New Guidance

08/28/2014: Beware of Some Changes with USCIS Stamps Effective 07/01/2014

08/28/2014: H-4 Employment Authorization Comment Count Increased to "12,922" as of 08/27/2014!

08/28/2014: DHS Achieves Trusted Traveler Program Milestones

08/27/2014: Ultra Right Wing House Republican Discloses Threat of Potential Government Shutdown in October, Should Obama Signs Immigration Executive Actions

08/27/2014: The Board of Immigration Appeals Handed Down an Interesting Decision on Certain Guatemala Women's Asylum Claims

08/27/2014: USCIS Releases Policy Guidance on its Standards in "Customer Service" in the USCIS Policy Manual

08/27/2014: Limited Impact of the Results of Elections on DACA Recepients

08/27/2014: Calm Continues Before a Thunderstorm, to the Level of Eerie and Brutal!

08/27/2014: Effective September 6, 2014, Consular Visa & Service Fee Changes

08/25/2014: Obama is Back at the White House and Now What?

08/24/2014: USCIS Schedules a Teleconference on "A Conversation with USCIS on DACA in Korean" 08/27/2014 7:30-9:00 pm (EST)

08/23/2014: Effective 08/23/2014, China EB-5 Visa Unavailable Until 09/30/2014

08/23/2014: Question of Timing of H-4 Employment Authorization Final Rule Making Process

08/22/2014: Please Read Why Groups Suing the Government over Rushed Deportation Process for Mothers and Children

08/22/2014: Group Filed Federal Lawsuit Today Against Ongoing Alleged Government Unlawful Fast-Track Expedited Removal Policies in Artesia, New Mexico

08/22/2014: USCIS Guidance on "Extraordinary Circumstances" Exception for Late Filing of CSPA-Based I-485 or Immigrant Visa

08/22/2014: Alert for N-400 Naturalization Applicants - N-400 Forms Predated 09/13/2013 Edition "Rejected"and "Returned!"

08/21/2014: Vermont Service Center is Scheduling a Stakeholder Meeting on 10/24/2014 and Seeks Inputs on Topics and Issues to Address

08/21/2014: Clarification of Ongoing Consideration of Treament of Immediate Relatives of Principal Beneficiary of Immigrant Petitions in Immigrant Visa Counts

08/21/2014: Some Interesting and Surprising Nonimmigrant Admissions Statistics as Revealed by I-94s in FY-2013

08/20/2014: Impact of Potential OBAMA EB Fix Excluding Dependent Family Members from EB IV Numberical Limit

08/20/2014: Ongoing I-765 (EAD) Application Processing Backlog and Service Centers' Expedite Relief

08/20/2014: USCIS All Forms Processing Statistics for FY 2014 including 3rd Quarter Statistics

08/20/2014: USCIS I-829 Condition Removal Petition for Investor Immigrant Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/20/2014: USCIS I-526 Investor Immigrant Petition Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/20/2014: USCIS U-Visa Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/20/2014: USCIS T-Visa Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/20/2014: USCIS H-2A Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/20/2014: USCIS N-400 Naturalization Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/20/2014: USCIS DACA Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014 (04/01/2014-06/30/2014)

08/20/2014: USCIS I-130 Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014 (04/01/2014-06/30/2014)

08/20/2014: USCIS Various I-485 Processing Statistics During 3rd Quarter of 2014 (04/01/2014-06/30/2014

08/20/2014: Number of EB-485 Cases Pending as of 06/30/2014 and Number of New Cases Receiving from 04/01/2014-06/30/2014

08/20/2014: USCIS Clarification on Customer's Using Their Own Prepaid Delivery Services

08/20/2014: iCERT and PERM Sites Outage Alert During this Weekend

08/19/2014: Nebraska Service Center is Scheduling an Exciting & Informative "Business" Immigration Teleconference 09/11/2014, 11:00 am (CST)!

08/19/2014: Executive Action for Immigration Administrative Fixes May be Released Right After the Labor Day?

08/19/2014: USCIS DACA Renewal Process Teleconference, 08/21/2014, Thursday, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

08/19/2014: USCIS FOIA Stakeholder Teleconference Tomorrow 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

08/19/2014: Office of Foreign Labor Certifications Releases Update of Prevailing Wage Determination Factsheet for 3rd Quarter of 2014

08/18/2014: Obama Skipped Talk of Immigration Fix Plan in Today's Press Conference

08/18/2014: President Back in the White House and to Bring Up Employment-Based Immigration Fix as One of the Key Topics

08/17/2014: Approaching End of Summer and Obama's Predicament to Keep his Promise to Use his Pen for Administrative Immigration Reliefs "by" the End of Summer

08/17/2014: One Positive Sign for H-4 Employment Authorization Rule-Making Process

08/16/2014: H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization Rule-Making Update

08/15/2014: USCIS Announces Today Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States

08/15/2014: Nebraska Service Center Advisory for Filing Petitions and Applications

08/15/2014: USCIS Schedules a Teleconference on DACA Renewal Process, 08/21/2014

08/15/2014: USCIS Releases Final Memoranda on Discretionary Exemptions for Certain Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds

(1) Final Policy Memorandum: PM-602-0082 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) for Activities and Associations Relating to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) or to the Nationalist Republican Alliance (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, or ARENA)
(2) Final Policy Memorandum:
PM-602-0096 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
(3) Final Policy Memorandum:
PM-602-0098 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK)
(4) Final Policy Memorandum:
PM-602-0099 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF)
(5) Final Policy Memorandum:
PM-602-0100 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP)
(6) Final Policy Memorandum:
PM-602-0101 Implementation of New Discretionary Exemption Under INA Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) For Activities and Associations Relating to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF)

08/14/2014: Reminder for H-1B Employers

08/14/2014: Obama in Vacation and Idling of his Pen to Sign Executive Action for Relief of Certain Undocumented Immigrants

08/12/2014: Effective Today USCIS Customers Can Select Their Own Pre-Paid Delivery Service to Receive Documents

  • USCIS customers can use the overnight delivery or courier service of their choice to receive certain documents. This option provides greater customer service by allowing you to select your preferred delivery service provider to receive documents such as approval and denial notices, requests for evidence, and most travel documents.
  • To ensure your overnight delivery requests are not delayed, please remember to:
  • Include a prepaid air bill when you submit your application, petition, or response to a request for evidence. The best way to avoid delivery errors is to provide a prepaid shipping label obtained directly from the delivery service. This will avoid the need to write in an account number. Enter your name in both the “to” and “from” fields on the air bill.
  • Never list USCIS as the sender and do not mark “bill to sender.”
  • Pay all delivery costs in advance and include the prepaid air bill with your submission.
  • If the delivery costs are not paid in full, USCIS will send the documents to you by regular U.S. mail.
  • 08/12/2014: September 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

    08/11/2014: DHS Not One of Top 10 Fed Agencies with Most Regulatory Actions Currently Under Review by OMB

    08/10/2014: DHS Secretary Remarks B/4 ABA on Administrative Fix of Immigration

    08/08/2014: USCIS Schedules a Teleconference on 08/14/2014 for "Dialogue with the New USCIS Director"

    08/08/2014: USCIS Releases Really Handy DACA Toolkit

    08/08/2014: President's Two-Week Vacation and Anticipated Big Hole During the Period for Executive Action for Immigration

    08/08/2014: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 08/07/2014

    08/08/2014: USCIS Honolulu Offices Closure 08/08/2014

    08/08/2014: Honolulu Passport Office Closure 08/08/2014 Due to Inclement Weather

    08/07/2014: USCIS Updates Processing Times 08/07/2014

    08/07/2014: ICE Releases on 08/05/2014 a Report on Quarterly Review of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Data

    08/07/2014: USCIS Salt Lake City in Utah Field Office Closed Today on a Facility Issue.

    08/06/2014: Obama Immigration Executive Team Reportedly Focuses on Certain Immigration Law Enforcement Relief Issues

    08/06/2014: Official PERM Processing Time as of 08/04/2014

    08/05/2014: USCIS Memorandum on Exception to the 2-Year Custody and 2-Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children

    08/05/2014: H-4 Period Does Not Have to be Taken Out in Seeking H-2 or H-3 Nonimmigrant Status

    08/05/2014: USCIS AAO (Appeals) Processing Times as of 08/01/2014

    08/04/2014: State Department Updates Visa Processing Delays Related to Consolidated Database Problem

    08/02/2014: Impact of the House's Yesterday Actions: Likely to Trigger Speedup of Obama Executive Action

    08/01/2014: The House also Passed H.R. 5272 DACA Prohibition Bill

    08/01/2014: The House Passed H.R. 5230 Supplemental Funding for UAC W/Change of 2008 Human Trafficking Law

    08/01/2014: The House and The Senate Passed H.R. 5195 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program Extension Thru 12/31/2014

    08/01/2014: Interesting Press Conference of President Today Bringing Up Need for High Skilled Worker Immigration Reform While Touching on Executive Action Issue

    08/01/2014: Groups Seek Preliminary Injunction Against the Federal Enforcement Agencies' Late Actions to Remove Unrepresented Unaccompanied Children Speedily

    07/31/2014: OFLC Releases 3rd Quarter FY 2014 Disclosure Data for PERM, PW, H-2A, H-2B, and LCA

    07/31/2014: Senate Also Failed to Pass its Own Border Funding Bill

    07/31/2014: House GOP Has Changed Mind and Decided to Stay and Not Recess Until the Border Legislation is Resolved!

    07/31/2014: DHS Office of Inspector General ( OIG) Releases Report and Memorandum on Unaccompanied Alien Children

    07/31/2014: House Legislation for Funding of Southern Border Undocumented Children Reportedly Evaporates

    07/31/2014: State Department Ongoing Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) Performance Problem Affecting Visa and Passport Processing

    07/31/2014: Bill H.R. 5272 Introduced 07/30/2014 Prohibiting Expansion of DACA Relief Program

    07/31/2014: The House May Vote Today Two Last-Minute Bills to Fund $659 Million Southern Borders Emergency and to Block President's DACA Expansion Power

    07/30/2014: Electronic Transformation System Scheduled to be Completed in FY-2018 or FY-2019

    07/30/2014: EB-485 Inventory Data as of 07/21/2014

    07/29/2014: House Judiciary Chairman's Statement in Today's USCIS Oversight Hearing of the New USCIS Director

    07/29/2014: Immigration Reform Score Card for Each House Member by National Latino OrganizationS

    07/29/2014: OFLC Clarifies Definition and Requirement of Disclosure of Familiar Relationship in PERM Form C.9

    07/28/2014: OFLC Answers Why PERM Denied When Certtain Requirements Were Not Proven by Alien Experience Descriptions in Section K of the ETA 9089

    07/28/2014: Text of Written Testimony of USCIS Director at Oversight "Get-to-Know" Hearing Scheduled on 07/292014 Before House Judiciary Committee

    07/28/2014: USCIS Policy Memorandum on Changes of "U" Nonimmigrant Status & Adjustment of Status Under VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013

    07/26/2014: House Calendar Before November Election

    07/25/2014: State Department Update of Peru Visa Reciprocity

    07/25/2014: His Hello and Introduction Message by New USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez

    07/24/2014: Obama's Anticipated Expansion of Relief for Undocumented Immigrants and Anticipated Strains in USCIS Financial and Human Resources for Benefit Processing and Adjudication

    07/24/2014: New Chief Counsel and New Chief of Staff for the USCIS

    07/24/2014: OFLC Updates 3rd Quater Permanent/Temporary Labor Certification Statistics Ending 06/30/2014

    07/24/2014: iCERT Portal System Requires Change of Password Every 90 Days

    07/24/2014: OFLC Alert of Ongoing LCA Email Notice Problem Until Fixed in August

    07/23/2014: Processing Flow Chart of Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) Prepared by the CRS on 07/16/2014

    07/23/2014: Congressional Research Service (CRS) 07/18/2014 Report of Legal Issues and FAC on UAC (Unaccompanied Alien Children)

    07/23/2014: USICE Final Rule Rescinding Suspension of Enrollment for Certain F and M Nonimmigrant Students from Libya and Third Country Nationals Acting on Behalf of Libyan Entities

    07/23/2014: House Speaker's Working Group Releases Today Recommendations to Deal with Central American Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border

    07/22/2014: USCIS Releases Important Policy Memorandum for H-1B Adjudication for Nurses

    07/22/2014: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Advances Ultra Right-Wing Campaign Against Obama's New Immigration Administrative Fix Actions

    07/22/2014: Vermont Service Center Advisory for FY-2015 H-1B Cap Filers

    07/22/2014: USCIS Service Center I-129 Petitions Processing Volume at the End of May 2014, Including H-1B Cases That Started 04/01/2014

       CSC VSC Total
     Pending  31,865 43,366 75,248
     Awaiting Action 16,819 13,422 30,241
     Completed 31,117 26,726 57,843
     New Receipts 17,258 18,140 35,398

    07/22/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of May 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 39,561 51,437
    Preadjudicated 35,416 28,827 64,298
    Customer Action Wait 4,110 4,410  
    Completed 6,828 9,685  
    New Receipt 7,828 11,656  

    07/22/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of May 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 13,325 10,092 23,474
    Customer Action Wait 1,050 1,044 2,094
    Completed 4,281 2,950 7,232
    New Receipt 4,602 3,394 7,996

    07/20/2014: Congress in Summer Recess in Two Weeks for a Month with a Rising Expectation for Obama Executive Action During the Period

    07/18/2014: USCIS Helpful Tips for Filing Form G-28 to Prevent Attorney Representation Not Being Recognized in the Agency Notices

    07/18/2014: House New GOP Leaders, Strange Bed Fellows for Obama's Push for Change of 2008 law on Procedural Protection of Undocumented Children Crossing Borders

    07/18/2014: U.S. Department of Labor Extends WIA and Wagner Peyser Act Program Benefits to DACA Receipients with EAD

    07/18/2014: State Department Proposed Changes to DS-2019 Form for J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

    07/17/2014: USCIS Releases Characteristics of DACA Applicants and Approvals

    07/17/2014: USCIS Responses to DHS Ombudsman Recommendation on Employment Eligibility for J-2 Derivatives of Conrad 30 Physicians

    07/17/2014: USCIS Releases Policy Memorandum on 07/17/2014 Re: Exception to the Two-Year Custody and Two-Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children in I-360 Proceeding

    07/16/2014: State Department Releases Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for Belarus

    07/16/2014: Nebraska Service Center Stakeholder Teleconference 08/14/2014 for Foreign Students, Schools and Other Related Topics


    * I-765 student classifications and classifications other than (c)(9), (a)(5), and (c)(8)
    * I-130s
    * I-129F riding with I-130s
    * N-400
    * I-821
    * Legalization/I-817
    * I-102
    * I-824 (general)
    * I-131 Reentry Permits/Refugee Travel Documents
    * N-565
    * I-601
    * I-824 as appropriate
    * Waivers as appropriate

    07/16/2014: Misleading Headline Report "House to Take Immigration" by Media

    07/15/2014: Would Obama Administration Immigration Execution Plan Include Employment-based Immigration? How Far?

    07/15/2014: India EB-2 Visa Bulletin Cut-Off Date Could Move Back as Early as in November 2014?

    07/11/2014: USCIS Interim Policy Memorandum of 06/30/2014 for Guidance of Implementation of UAA and CAA for Intercountry Adoptions (I-600A and I-600)

    07/11/2014: USCIS Reportedly Exelerates Electronic Transformation Program of Immigration Processing/Adjudication with Additional Investment of $1.7 Billion

    07/11/2014: Obama Faces Serious Challenges for His Southern Border Crisis Policy Not Only from GOP, But Also from his own Party

    07/11/2014: Secretary of State Designates Following Countries Eligible for Waiver of Applications under William Wilberforce Trafficting Victims Protection

    07/09/2014: Mr. Leon Rodriguez Officially Sworn in Today and Took Office as the Director of USCIS

    07/09/2014: Official PERM Processing Time as of 07/08/2014

    07/09/2014: Official Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) Processing Time as of 07/08/2014

    07/09/2014: H-4 Employment Proposed Rule Comment Period Ends Friday 07/11/2014

    07/09/2014: Amidst the Ongoing Southern Border Crisis, Obama Likely Down-Size Groups of Undocumented Immigrant Relief When Using his Pen Before Election

    07/08/2014: August Visa Bulletin Released!

    VISA PREDICTIONS IN THE COMING MONTHS.

    The China-mainland born Employment Third and Third Other Workers cut-off dates have advanced for the month of August, and could do so again for September. There are two reasons for this advance after the retrogression of the cut-off date earlier this summer: 1) The heavy demand by applicants with priority dates significantly (years) earlier than the previous cut-off date has declined during the past two months, and 2) declining number use in the Family preferences during May and June, combined with updated estimates of such number use through the end of the fiscal year, has resulted in availability of several hundred numbers for use in the China-mainland born Employment Third preference..

    During the past two months, the
    India Employment Second preference cut-off date has advanced very rapidly based on the projected availability of "otherwise unused" numbers under the worldwide preference limit. It must not be assumed that this cut-off date will continue to advance at the same pace during the coming months. A cut-off date does not mean that everyone with a priority date before such cut-off date has already been processed to conclusion. It remains to be seen how heavy the demand for visa numbers by applicants will be in the coming months, and what the priority dates of such applicants may be. Heavy demand by applicants with priority dates significantly earlier than the established cut-off date is expected to materialize within the next several months, at which time the cut-off date is likely to retrogress significantly. Ouch!

    07/08/2014: USCIS Updates Processing Times as of 07/08/2014

    07/08/2014: USCIS Appeals (AAO) Processing Times Update as of 07/01/2014

    07/07/2014: Consular Processing H-1B Cap Winners Can File H-1B Visa Applications 90 Days B/4 10/01/2014

    07/07/2014: USCIS Service Center I-129 Petitions Processing Volume at the End of April 2014, Including H-1B Cases That Started 04/01/2014

       CSC VSC Total
     Pending  49,404 54,283 103704
     Awaiting Action 10,458 8,679 19137
     Completed 21,263 21,793 43,624
     New Receipts 59,464 64,160 123,624

    (Total new receipts at the end of April including H-1B cap cases reveal that VSC received more cases than CSC. For H-1B cap cases, these numbers do not include those cases which were rejected in the computer random selection process.)

    07/07/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of April 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 40,479 (41,393) 48,137 (34,515)
    Preadjudicated 35,609(35,609) 29,146(29,146) 64,813(64,813)
    Customer Action Wait 2,416(1,887) 4,704(17,355)  
    Completed 7,467(12,176) 10,659(11,507)  
    New Receipt 7,561(8,235) 12,404(12,215)  

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for April 2014.)

    07/07/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of April 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 12,794(12,448) 10,399(8,776) 23,249(21,176)
    Customer Action Wait 919(806) 704(2,513) 1,623(3,319)
    Completed 4,400(3,672) 3,119(1,622) 7,521(5,298)
    New Receipt 4,321(3,790) 3,103(2,605) 7,415(6,395)

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for March 2014)

    07/04/2014: PERM Processing Times Improvement

    07/03/2014: Leaked CHC (Congressional Hispanic Caucus) Memo to DHS Sectary in April 2014 Listing Types of Demanded Reliefs

    07/03/2014: Obama Administration Initiates Massive Campaign to Warn Dangers of Children Crossing the Boarders

    07/02/2014: Obama Trapped in Predicament in Undocumented Immigrant Policies, Facing Crisis in the Southern Border and Pressure for Executive Order for Legalization of Existing Undocumented Immigrants

    07/02/2014: OFLC Announcement of Effective Date of New Wage and Implication for Pending Prevailing Wage Determination Requests

    07/02/2014: Canadian Immigration Law Change on Unmarried Child "Dependent" Cut-Off Age

    07/01/2014: DHS CIS Ombudsman 2014 Annual Report to the Congress 06/27/2014

    07/01/2014: DHS Just Launched Enhanced ICE Website for Schools, Students, and International Students

    07/01/2014: New SOC/OES Wage Data for Period of 07/01/2014-06/30/2015 Released and Binding

    06/30/2014: President Places a Deadline Today for Signing of Executive Order for Administrative Fixes of Broken Immigration "Before" the End of Summer.

    06/30/2014: H-4 Employment Authorization Proposed Rule Comment Period Ends on 07/11/2014

    06/30/2014: USCIS Policy Memorandum of 06/15/2014 on Changes to U Visa and LPR Program Under VAWA 2013

    06/30/2014: USCIS Policy Memorandum of 06/02/2014 on Claims of Extraordinary Circumstances for Late Filings to Acquire LPR Within One Year Under CSPA

    06/30/2014: National Hockey League (NHL) and Vermont Service Center Teleconference June 27, 2014 on Athlets Nonimmigrant Visa Petition Processing

    06/27/2014: NSC Advisory on I-693 Medical Report Valid Period

    06/27/2014: H-1B Employer Alert - Monday is Last Day to File LCA for H-1B Using Current DOL SOC/OES Prevailing Wage Data

    06/27/2014: VSC Alert - Read Both Sides of Notices from the Vermont Service Center

    06/26/2014: Mounting Confrontation Between Obama's Threat to Use His Pen for Immigration Reform and Republican House Speaker's Threat to Sue the President

    06/26/2014: Congressional Research Service Releases Overview of Unaccompanied Alien Children Issues from Various Angles

    06/26/2014: Effective 08/04/2014, All Russian Residents Overseas with Residence Permits or Citizenships from Foreign Countries Required to Register with FMS in Russia

    06/24/2014: State Attempts to Intrude into the Federal Jurisiction of Immigration Laws Hammered Down by Courts

    06/24/2014: Senate Passed Confirmation of Nomination of Mr. Leon Rodriguez as New USCIS Director Today

    06/24/2014: DHS Secretary Reports Before the Congress Today 13 Steps Taken on Unaccompanied Children Crossing Southern Border

    06/23/2014: DHS Secretary Issues An Open Letter to the Parents of Children Crossing Our Southwest Border

    06/23/2014: Reported Complete Overhaul in Canadian Immigration Laws for Temporary Worker Program in Canada

    06/21/2014: Development of Unfortunate Events at Sourthern Borders, Negatively Affecting Chances for Immigration Reform Both at Legislative and Administrative Levels

    06/20/2014: House Judiciary Committee Schedules Hearing on "An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors"

    06/20/2014: Unofficial Prediction of Visa Number Movement for the Rest of FY 2014 (September 30, 2014)

    06/20/2014: Number of Indian EB-2 485 Inventory Within the July 2014 Visa Bulletin Cut-Off Dates

    06/20/2014: Board of Immigration Appeals Handed Down an Important Rule for Children's TPS

    06/20/2014: USCIS Schedules the Following Helpful Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

    06/20/2014: Forthcoming Release of New Prevailing Wage Data for 2015 in Next 10 Days

    06/20/2014: Thaw of Frozen Processing Times of Audit Track PERM Applications?

    06/20/2014: DHS Rleases 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review 06/18/2014

    06/20/2014: Who is Kevin McCarthy, the New Republican House Majority Leader, and What's the Impact on Immigration Reform?

    06/19/2014: Senate Schedules Vote on Confirmation of New USCIS Director Nomination on 06/24/2014, Tuesday

    06/18/2014: Quiet Day, Wasn't it?

    06/18/2014: USCIS Alerts Updated and Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

    06/17/2014 Need Dates of Births or Names Corrected or Changed on Certificates of Citizenship? USCIS Issues a Policy Alert Today (06/17/2014)

    06/17/2014: DHS Inspector General Semi-Annual [October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014] Report to Congress

    06/17/2014: White House Blog - "The Urgency of Immigration Reform: Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest"

    06/15/2014: GOP Struggle to Assess Impact of House Majority Leader Cantor Defeat in Primary and Find a Direction

    06/15/2014: USCIS Schedules DACA Teleconference in Spanish Language on Wednesday, 06/18/2014, 7:30 - 9:00 pm (EST)

    06/14/2014: H-4 Spouses EAD Proposed Regulation and Background Supporting Materials Which Helped the Process

    06/14/2014: DHS Ombudsman Recommendation to USCIS for Employment Authorization for J-2 Spouses of Conrad 30 Program Foreign Doctors

    06/13/2014: Nebraska Service Center Reminder for Customer's Use of "Pre-paid Courier Service Mailer (Envelope)"

    06/13/2014: J-1 Waiver "Adjudication" Jurisdictions Bifurcated Between CSC and VSC

    06/12/2014: Reminder: Medical Report Validity New Policy USCIS Teleconference Today

    06/11/2014: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Failure in Republican Primary and Conflicting Views on its Impact on Immigration Reform

    06/11/2014: DHS Secretary Written Testimony of 06/11/2014 b/4 Senate Judiciary Committee on DHS Oversight Hearing

    06/10/2014: State Department Amends the Original Paper Release of the July 2014 Visa Bulletin

    06/10/2014: U.S. Treasury Mandatory Survey of Foreign Ownership of U.S. Securities as of June 30, 2014

    06/10/2014: Reminder of USCIS Teleconference 06/12/2014 on Changed Policy on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

    06/10/2014: India EB-2 Moved Forward to 09/01/2008!

    06/10/2014: Recent Surge of Undocumented Children Caught in Southern Border Potentially Affects Dynamics of Administrative Relief for Undocumented Immigrants

    06/09/2014: U.S. Supreme Court Handed Out Today a Landmark Decision Narrowing Automatic Conversion and Retention of Priority Date for Certain Aged-Out Derivative Beneficiary

    06/09/2014: In-Person DACA Stakeholder Meeting with DHS Deputy Secretary in LA USCIS District Office 11/11/2014 (Wed), 10:00-11:00 am (PST)

    06/08/2014: Indian EB-2 I-485 Waiters, Are You Receiving Medical Report Update RFEs in the Mail?

    06/08/2014: DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to Visit California Monday thru Thursday in Part to Discuss Immigration Reform & DACA Renewal

    06/06/2014: House Republican Legislative Agenda for June Reportedly Missing Immigration Reform

    06/06/2014: PERM Fact Sheet for 3rd Qtr as of 05/24/2014

    06/06/2014: OFLC Labor Certification Applications Processsing Fact Sheets for 3rd Qtr of 2014 as of 05/24/2014

    06/05/2014: PERM Processing Times Official Update as of 06/02/2014

    06/05/2014: Prevailing Wage Determination Official Processing Times Update as of 06/05/2014

    06/05/2014: Alert of Filing of DACA Renewal

    06/05/2014: USCIS Issued DACA I-821D Revised Form and I-821D Revised Instruction Form (06/04/2014 Version) Incorporating DACA Renewal

    06/05/2014: Effective 06/05/2014, USCIS Starts Accepting DACA Renewal Applications

    06/05/2014: USCIS/AAO Appeals Processing Times Update as of 06/01/2014

    06/03/2014: USCIS Announcement of Implementation of CW-1 Transitional Temporary Worker Program for CNMI thru 12/31/2019

    06/03/2014: DHS Release Statistics for Naturalization in 2013

    06/03/2014: Visa Bulletin for the First Month of 4th Quarter of FY 2014 Soon to be Released

    06/03/2014: USCIS Updates on 06/03/2014 Processing Times as of 04/30/2014

    06/02/2014: U.S. Visa Post in Nigeria Launches Visa Extension Application Drop Box Program for Issurance of Visa Renewal Without Interview

    06/02/2014: CW-1 Transitional Worker Program to be Extension for 5 Years Thru 12/31/2019

    06/02/3014: DHS Inspector General Office Invetigation and Recommendation for Certain Employers Paying P.L.111-230 Special Fees for H-1B & L-1 Petitions

    05/31/2014: June 2014, the Most Critical Month for the Fate of Potential Immigration Reform Legislation

    05/30/2014: State Department to Add Bar Codes on DS-156 Form

    05/30/2014: USCIS Policy Change Alert of 05/30/2014 on Validity Period of the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (Form I-693)

    05/29/2014: USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage ALERT - Sunday

    05/29/2014: DHS Secretary Testimony 05/29/2014 B/4 House Judiciary Committee for Oversight Hearing

    05/29/2014: OCAHO/EOIR/DOJ Initiates Voluntary Electronic Filing Pilot Program for Six Months Effective 05/30/2014, Friday

    05/29/2014: State Department Reportedly Ceased Allocating EB-3 Visa Numbers for China Since May 9, 2014

    05/29/2014: House Majority Leder Eric Cantor's Fight for Nomination of Republican Candidacy in Virginia for His Rerun for the House and Opposition to Immigration Reform

    05/28/2014: Approved Change of Status H-1B Cap Filer Unable to Return to Earlier Nonimmigrant Status Without New COS Petition

    05/28/2014: Withdrawn/Revoked H-1B Cap Approvals Not Counted for the Purpose of H-1B Cap Exempt Proceedings Afterwards

    05/28/2014: FY-2015 H-1B Cap Rejected Cases Scheduled to be Returned to Employers in the Mail Most Likely Beginning from Next Week in June

    05/28/2014: Expiring Medical Report on File and Policy of RFE for New Medical Report

    05/28/2014: Expiring Current Policy of Extension of Validity of Medical Report in Three Days and USCIS Yet to Release its Reported Policy Change

    05/27/2014: President Reportedly Ordered DHS Secretary to Hold Off Release of New Deportation Relief Policy for Undocumented Immigrants w/o Criminal Record

    05/27/2014: OFLC PERM and iCERT Online Portal Systems Temporarily Down

    05/23/2014: OMB Releases Spring 2014 Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda

    05/23/2014: Immigration Reform Used as a Soccer Ball for November 2014 National Elections

    05/23/2014: House Passed H.R. 4435, NDAA, Yesterday w/o DREAMer Immigration Reform Attachment

    05/23/2014: PERM Processing Times Update as of 05/05/2014

    05/23/2014: Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times Update as of 05/22/2014

    05/22/2014: House Bill to Grant Permanent Residence and Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants Joining Military as Amendment of Defense Bill Failed

    05/22/2014: USCIS Field Office Directorate and AILA Meeting Q&A of 04/01/2014

    05/21/2014: OMB's Proposed Update to NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) Code System for 2017

    05/21/2014: OMB's 2018 SOC/OES Occupational Classifications

    05/21/2014: Forthcoming Policy Change Announcement of USCIS on the Validity of I-693 on File Older Than One Year

    05/21/2014: Ongoing Heat of Republican Party Primary Elections and Reports of Defeats of Tea Party Candidates, Shedding Glimmer of Hope for Immigration Reform

    05/21/2014: iCERT Portal System Outage Alert Tomorrow Evening

    05/20/2014: House Passes Five (5) Anti Human Trafficking Bills Today

    05/19/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of March 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 41,393(47,071) 34,515(32,905)
    Preadjudicated 35,609(34,303) 29,146(29,440) 64,813(63,781)
    Customer Action Wait 1,887(1,686) 17,355(17,355)  
    Completed 12,176(8,820) 11,507(9,454)  
    New Receipt 8,235(7,005) 12,215(10,078)  

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for February 2014.)

    05/19/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of March 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 12,448(11,986) 8,776(4,846) 21,176(16,884)
    Customer Action Wait 806(809) 2,513(2,473) 3,319(3,285)
    Completed 3,672(2,417) 1,622(1,288) 5,298(3,705)
    New Receipt 3,790(3,584) 2,605(2,413) 6,395(5,997)

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for February 2014.)

    05/16/2014: USCIS to Revise Form G-28

    05/14/2014: USCIS Releases Today AAO Appeals Processing Times as of May 1, 2014

    05/14/2014: Growth of Investment Immigration Cases is Remarkable

    05/14/2014: USCIS I-485 Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) by Field Office and Service Center

       Received Approved Denied Pending
     NSC 12,639 10,580 638 48,016
     TSC 15,992 17,992 572 66,978

    05/14/2014: USCIS N-400 Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) by Field Office and Service Center

    05/14/2014: USCIS I-130 Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) by Field Office and Service Center

    05/14/2014: USCIS I-821D DACA Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) by Field Office and Service Center

    05/14/2014: USCIS I-918 U-Visa Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) by Field Office and Service Center

    05/14/2014: USCIS I-129 H-2A Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) by Field Office and Service Center

    05/14/2014: USCIS All Forms Processing Statistics Update 05/13/2014 for FY 2014 Second Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014)

    05/14/2014: Obama Sets Next Two or Three Months as Critical Time for the House to Act on CIR

    05/14/2014: Short-Cut Immigration and Citizenship Path for Undocumented Youngsters Joinining the Armed Services Boiling Hot in Both the Senate and the House

    05/14/2014: USCIS Summary Guides for Employers for Sponsoring Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Foreign Workers

    05/12/2014: USCIS Recent Periodical Workload Transfers Among Service Centers for I-129 Extension Petitions and I-130 USC Immediate Relatives to Balance Workloads

    05/12/2014: DHS Secretary Johnson's Meeting With Chicago Mayor Emanuel And Congressman Gutierrez

    05/12/2014: DHS/CBP Interim Final Rule of U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card Program

    05/12/2014: DHS Officially Published in the Federal Register Today the Two Proposed Regulations

    05/09/2014: Full Text of H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization "Proposed Rule"

    05/09/2014: H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrant Visa Program and EB-1B Outstanding Teacher/Researcher Immigrant Visa Program Reform "Proposed Rule"

    05/09/2014: DOE and DOJ Issued School Guidance for Requirement for Enrollment of Elementary & Secondary Schools for Undocumented Immigrants and Parents

    05/08/2014: State Department DS-260 Rollout for DV-2015 Diversity Visa Program

    05/08/2014: Update of USCIS Service Centers' EB-485 Inventory Data as of 04/01/2014

       India  China
     EB-1  5,559 2,207
     EB-2  31,187 4,446
     EB-3  30,992 (Oops!) 2,986

    05/08/2014: Deadline for Applications for the FY 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Approaching Soon

    05/08/2014: On-Going Immigration Reform Efforts Behind the Scene at Legislative and Administrative Levels

    05/07/2014: Close Review of the OMB Approval of the H-4 Employment and Other EB Programs Indicates Some Changes to Initial Proposals

    05/07/2014: June 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

    05/07/2014: FY 2015 Immigration Lottery DV-2015 Results by Country

    05/07/2014: OMB Cleared EB-1B, E-3, H-1B1 & CW-1 Reform Proposed Rule 05/06/2014

    05/07/2014: OMB Cleared H-4 Employment Authorization Proposed Rule 05/06/2014

    05/07/2014: Ongoing Republican Party Primary Election Season and Anticipated Republicans Move to the Center in the Summer

    05/07/2014: Tech Industry Cheers DHS' Release of High Tech Immigrant Administrative Fix Proposals

    05/06/2014: DHS Announces "Today" Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

    05/06/2014: USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment Tips: Finding Your A-Number and DOS Case ID

    05/06/2014: USCIS Tips for Filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    05/03/2014: Reminder for EB-485 Waiters of Scheduled Expiration of Medical Report on File on 05/31/2014 Unless Extended by Another Memorandum

    05/03/2014: Something to Watch Carefully in the Upcoming Release of June Visa Bulletin - Potential Regression of FB-2A and EB-3

    05/03/2014: President's Meeting with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Business/Faith Leaders and Read Out of CIR Statement

    05/03/2014: USCIS Online Customer Service Site Outage Alert - 05/04/2014

    05/02/2014: H-1B Cap Selected Case Data Entry Completed and USCIS Starts Returning Cases Not Selected

    05/02/2014: USCIS HQ Confirms Current Policy Not Allowing F-1 OPT H-1B Cap-Gap Filer from Overseas Trip and Returning in F-1 Status Before 10/01/2014

    05/01/2014: DHS Secretary Johnson Meeting with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus 04/30/2014 Discussing Immigration Issues

    05/01/2014: USCIS Releases on 04/29/2014 the Statistics of All Immigration Forms Received, Approved, Denied, Pending for 1st QTR of FY 2014 (Sept - December 2013)

    05/01/2014: Haitian TPS Re-Registration Deadline Extended from 05/02/2014 to 07/02/2014

    05/01/2014: Effective Today, 05/01/2014, Arrival-Departure History Available in CBP Website

    04/29/2014: Alert for New Naturalization (Citizenship) Applicants

    04/28/2014: Unofficial Prediction of EB Visa Cut-Off Dates Ahead

    04/27/2014: Congress to Return to the Sessions This Week Facing Anticipated Mounting Pressure for Immigration Reform Legislation

    04/27/2014: Beginning Tomorrow, FY-2015 H-1B Cap Premium Processing Decisions Should be Sent Out to the Employers or Legal Representatives

    04/26/2014: Can Employer File a Second I-140 Petition w/Premiuim Processing Request Using the Same Certified PERM Application?

    04/26/2014: E-2 Nonimmigrant Invetor Visa Still Not Available to Israel Investors - Why?

    04/26/2014: USCIS Online Customer Services Sites Outage Tomorrow

    04/25/2014: Employers Start Receiving Non-Premium, Non-Master Degree H-1B Cap Receipt Notices

    04/24/2014: Employers, Beware of DHS FDNS Expanding Site Visits to L-1 Cases on Top of H-1B Cases

    04/24/2014: Effective Immediately, the State Department Implements Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Ukraine - B Visa to 120 Months (10-Year), Multiple Entries

    04/24/2014: OFLC Just Releases a Guide for How to Search, Filter and Sort OFLC Quarterly Disclosure Data

    04/22/2014: Nebraska Service Center "Practice" on Downgrading EB-2 to EB-3 and Upgrading EB-3 Back to EB-2 When Visa Cut-Off Dates Change Between EB-2 and EB-3

    04/22/2014: PERM Processing Times Update 04/04/2014

    04/22/2014: Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times Update 04/04/2014

    04/22/2014: We Urge the USCIS to Consider Acceptance of Updated I-693 Proactively Without Waiting for RFEs

    04/21/2014: USCIS Forthcoming Policy on Validity of Medical Report Pending I-485 Applications

    04/21/2014: FY 2015 H-1B Front-End Processing Mystery

    04/18/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of February 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 47,071 (48,351) 32,905 (33,122)
    Preadjudicated 34,303 (35,462) 29,440 (29,755) 63,781 (65,267)
    Customer Action Wait 1,686 (1,189) 17,355 (17,326)  
    Completed 8,820 (3,739) 9,454 (9,431)  
    New Receipt 7,005 (7,260) 10,078 (10,429)  

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for January 2014. Remarkable number of EB-485 completed by TSC in one month!)

    04/18/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of February 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 11,986 (10,499) 4,846 (3,578) 16,884 (14,149)
    Customer Action Wait 809 (795) 2,473 (2,602) 3,285 (3,397)
    Completed 2,417 (1,946) 1,288 (1,573) 3,705 (3,520)
    New Receipt 3,584 (3,050) 2,413 (2,497) 5,997 (5,487)

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for January 2014. TSC still still w/heavy backlog)

    04/18/2014: OFLC Reminder of Destruction of LCA and Labor Certification Applications Records After Five (5) Years of Certifications

    04/18/2014: DHS Secretary's Action Plans for Administrative Fixes of Immigration System: Short Term Action Plan vs Long Term Action Plan

    04/17/2014: USCIS Reminder of Approaching Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Re-registration Deadline on 05/02/2014, Friday

    04/17/2014: DOL Alerts the Employers in Seafood Industry That No Staggered Entry of H-2B Workers Permitted after 09/30/2014

    04/17/2014: USCIS Announces on 04/17/2014 That it Will Begin Processing of H-1B Premium Processing Cases on April 28, 2014

    04/17/2014: CRS 03/28/2014 Report on Unlawfully Present Aliens, Higher Education, In-State Tuition, and Financial Aid: Legal Analysis

    04/17/2014: Revival of Obama's Blame for Republicans for CIR Blockade: Is This a Signal of His Picking up of a Pen to Sign Executive Order?

    04/17/2014: Online LCA Site Glitch Fixed and Up and Running Well

    04/15/2014: Continuing House Republican Inaction for Immigration Reform and its Ironic Impact and Pressure on Obama Administration for Action for Relief

    04/15/2014: USCIS Appeals (AAO) Processing Times Update 04/01/2014

    04/12/2014: Current PERM Processing Times as of April 2014

    04/11/2014: PERM FY-2014 2nd Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) Statistics

    04/11/2014: Prevailing Wage Determination FY-2014 2nd Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) Statistics

    04/11/2014: H-1B LCA FY-2014 2nd Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014) Statistics

    04/11/2014: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Labor Certification Processing Statistics: FY-2014 2nd Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014)

    04/11/2014: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker Labor Certification Processing Statistics: FY-2014 2nd Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014)

    04/11/2014: OFLC Releases FY-2014 PERM, H-1B, H-2B, H-2A Disclosure Data for 2nd Quarter (01/01/2014-03/31/2014)

    04/11/2014: USCIS Has Started Emailing of Premium Processing FY 2015 H-1B Cap Receipt Notifications

    04/11/2014: Approaching Holy "Easter" Holidays and Congress Scheduled to Take a Long Pause Through 04/28/2014

    04/11/2014: House Bill to Remove Sunset of Non-Ministerial Religious Worker Special Immigration Program That Sunset 09/30/2015

    04/10/2014: Non Cap H-1B LCA Filing in Mess Because of the LCA System Glitch!

    04/10/2014: USCIS Completed H-1B Cap Random Selection w/Total Receipt of 172,500

    04/10/2014: USCIS Renames Certain International District Names Effective Today

    04/09/2014: May 2014 Visa Bulletin

    04/09/2014: Bi-Partisan Senate Bill to Expand Visa Waiver Program to Subnational Territories That Are Treated Separately from Their Countries

    04/08/2014: Scheduled Obama Visit to the Philippines Soon, Importance of U.S.-The Philippines Aliance, and Time to Resolve Pending TPS Issue for the Filipinos in the U.S. During his Trip at the Foreign Relations Level

    04/08/2014: White House Release of Fact Sheet of 04/07/2014 on "Soon-to-be Released" H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization Regulation

    04/08/2014: Employers, FY-2015 H-1B Cap Filing Season is Over. Now What?

    04/07/2014: USCIS Announces They Received More Than Cap Numbers and Will Close Taking H-1B Cap Cases at the End of Today

    04/05/2014: Caution for Filing Duplicate H-1B Cap Petition per Reported USCIS Decision to Give Exception to Employers Who Experienced Courier Delivery Problem

    04/05/2014: Bill Granting Legalization to Undocumented Young Immigrants Serving Military Failed at the House Armed Services Committee Level

    04/04/2014: President's Executive Order of 04/03/2014 Blocking Property and Suspending Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Admission of Certain South Sudaneses

    04/04/2014: House Republican Actions to Block Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants

    04/04/2014: Senate Judiciary Committee Cleared Nomination of Leon Rodriguez as Director of USCIS

    04/03/2014: Employers Should be Thankful to Office of Foreign Labor Certifications for Successfully Supporting FY-2015 H-1B Cap Season w/o LCA Malfunction

    04/03/2014: USCIS Notice of Revised I-821D Form (DACA Application) to Seek Additional 30 Days for Comment

    04/02/2014: Overnight Delivery Businesses Indicate Heavy Volumes of Overnight Deliveries to VSC and CSC Apparently Containing FY 2015 H-1B Cap Cases

    04/02/2014: Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on New USCIS Director Nomination Tomorrow, Thursday, 04/03/2014

    04/01/2014: USCIS Announces FY 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity

    03/31/2014: OFLC Reposts as Alerts Late Reminder of Email Notification Issues and Recommended Use of Internet Explorer 8 for iCERT Site

    03/31/2014: This is the Day When Most of H-1B Employers Are Shipping out Most of the FY-2015 H-1B Petitions en Masse

    03/31/2014: Where is the Transformation Program? DHS Takes a Second Stab at Automating Immigration Casework

    03/29/2014: Full Text of House Petition to Discharge Committees in Consideration of H.R. 15 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

    03/28/2014: USCIS Processing Times Report Updates Again 03/27/2014

    03/28/2014: Chile Visa Waiver Program Takes Effect and Visa Waiver Entry Visit to the U.S. Beginning from 03/31/2014

    03/28/2014: Silicon Valley Leaders Pump Up Pressure for Immigration Reform for American Competitiveness

    03/27/2014: Dischange Petition No. 113-9 Filed Yesterday by Sponsor of Democrats CIR Bill H.R. 15 in the House

    03/26/2014: Last Minute USCIS Checklist for H-1B Filing

    03/26/2014: President Applauds Today House Democrats Introducing Discharge Petition for Yes or No Vote for House Immigration Bill

    03/26/2014: Tracking Number in the Cover Letter Against USCIS Misplacement or Loss of the File

    03/26/2014: Missing One Single Signature in the Forms (I-129 and I-129H) or One Single Missing Page of the Forms Can Face Rejection

    03/26/2014: Filing Fee Check Requirement in FY 2015 H-1B Cap Petitions

    03/26/2014: Caution for Using Multiple Beneficiarys LCA for H-1B Cap Petition

    03/26/2014: Warning Against Filing of Multiple H-1B Cap Petitions for the Same Prospective Employee

    03/25/2014: OFLC Reminder of 03/25/2014 Regarding iCERT Compatibility with Internet Explorer.

    03/25/2014: OFLC Notice 03/25/2014 on LCA Site Glitch Problem

    03/25/2014: USCIS Has Just Released FY-2015 H-1B Cap Season Announcement

    03/25/2014: House Democratic Leaders Reportedly to Unveil "Discharge Petition" for House CIR Bill Tomorrow and Push the Bill in the House

    03/25/2014: Reported Cause for Processing Delays for PERM Applications

    03/25/2014: OFLC LCA Certification Email Notification Are Back Up and Running

    03/25/2014: Official PERM Processing Times as of 03/03/2014

    03/25/2014: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 03/14/2014

    03/25/2014: Senate Judiciary Full Committee Schedules to Vote on Recommendation of Leon Rodriguez as New USCIS Director on 03/27/2014 Thursday

    03/24/2014: Employers, Stay Tuned for FY-2015 H-1B Cap Season Announcement of USCIS This Week

    03/21/2014: Attorneys in Last-Minute H-1B Cap Filing Season, and Breaking News Site Will Experience Some Lapses for Next 10 Days

    03/20/2014: State Department Policy of Waiver of Visa Fees for 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational, Los Angeles and 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles

    03/19/2014: USCIS SCOPS (HQ) and AILA Teleconference Q&A of January 29, 2014 on FY 2015 H-1B Cap Processing, I-140 Processing, and Others

    03/19/2014: USCIS Processing Times Updated 03/18/2014

    03/18/2014: Names and List of Russian Officials Whose Assets Blocked and Visa Barred for Ukraine Incident

    03/18/2014: New York Senate Rejects 'Dream Act' for Undocumented Immigrant Students

    03/18/2014: USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage Alert

    03/18/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of January 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 48,351 (43,438) 33,122 (30,138)
    Preadjudicated 35,462 (35,462) 29,755 (29,562) 65,267 (65,971)
    Customer Action Wait 1,189 (1,589) 17,326 (16,991)  
    Completed 3,739 (6,373) 9,431 (8,507)  
    New Receipt 7,260 (8,406) 10,429 (11,175)  

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for December 2013)

    03/18/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of January 2014

      TSC NSC National
    Pending 10,499 (8,986) 3,578 (2,559) 14,149 (11,597)
    Customer Action Wait 795 (905) 2,602 (2,664) 3,397 (3,569)
    Completed 1,946 (1,970) 1,573 (1,463) 3,520 (3,435)
    New Receipt 3,050 (2,976) 2,497 (1,887) 5,487 (4,863)

    (Note: Figures in parenthesis for December 2013.)

    03/18/2014: USCIS Service Center I-129 Processing Volume Update at the End of January 2014

      CSC VSC National
    Other Pending 11,586 (11,480) 20,358 (31,356) 31,961 (42,841)
    Awaiting Customer Action 9,659 (9,464) 5,202 (4,723) 14,861 (14,187)
    Completed 17,912 (19,834) 21,319 (16,272) 39,231 (36,106)
    New Receipt 11,539 (11,725) 11,251 (11,541) 22,790 (23,266)

    [Note: Figures in paenthesis for December 2013.]

    03/17/2014: iCERT is Back Up and Running!

    03/17/2014: President Executive Order of 03/17/2014 Expanding List of Certain Russians Subject to Immigrant/Nonimmigrant Visa Ban and Blockage of Assets in the U.S.

    03/17/2014: DOL PERM and iCERT Site Systems Outage Continue This Morning

    03/17/2014: USCIS Field Offices in DC Area That Are Closed Today

    03/17/2014: Federal Offices in DC Area Will Remain Closed Today for Inclement Weather

    03/16/2014: Uh Oh, PERM Site Down Too This Morning!

    03/16/2014: Uh Oh, iCERT LCA Portal System Down in This Critical Time!

    03/16/2014: Aspirations and Hopes for Filipino TPS Designation Keep Rising as Time Approaches to Obama's Scheduled Visit to the Philippines in April

    03/15/2014: Senate Out of Session Thru 03/23/2014 Other Than Pro Forma Sessions and No Legislative Activities Until 03/24/2014

    03/15/2014: A Matter of Time for Obama to Issue Executive Order to Expand Relief for Undocumented Immigrants?

    03/14/2014: House Passes Two Bills to Control the President's Power

    03/14/2014: USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for 1st Half of FY-2014

    03/14/2014: Ongoing Frenzy of FY 2015 H-1B Cap Preparations and LCA System Assumedly Flooded with Applications

    03/14/2014: Hello USCIS, FY 2015 H-1B Cap Season is Only Two Weeks Away - Where is USCIS FY 2015 H-1B Cap Season Announcement?

    03/14/2014: Obama Reportedly Softens Position on Deportation - Sign of Expansion of Administrative Relief for Undocumented Immigrants?

    03/13/2014: Written Testimony of DHS ICE Deputy Secretary Before House Homeland Security Committee on FY 2015 ICE Portion of DHS Budget

    03/13/2014: Written Testimony of DHS Secretary Johnson Before Senate Homeland Security Committee on FY 2015 DHS Budget

    "We will continue to streamline and facilitate the legal immigration process while enforcing U.S. immigration laws through the smart and effective use of resources. As I have said many times, we must also take serious steps forward on immigration reform legislation and find common sense solutions to a problem we all know we have. I am committed to working with Congress to achieve that goal."

    03/13/2014: Text of Written Summary of Testimony of Leon Rodriguez, Nominee of the USCIS Director Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Yesterday

    03/13/2014: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Notification (03/10/2014) of Status of the 2011 H-2B Wage Rule

    03/12/2014: NFAP March 2014 Report: L-1 Denial Rates Continue to Increase for High Skill Foreign Nationals

    03/11/2014: Senate Judiciary Full Committee Schedules a Hearing on Nomination of New USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez Tomorrow 03/12/2014

    03/10/2014: USCIS SCOPS (HQ) and AILA Teleconference Minutes of 01/29/2014 Regarding Employment-Based Immigration Processing Issues

    03/08/2014: Current PERM Processing Times of OFLC

    03/08/2014: FY 2015 H-1B Cap Season and LCA Certification Email Notification Issue

    03/07/2014: American Immigration Counsel Sees Obama’s 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration

    03/07/2014: Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report Raises Questionable Integrity of F-1 OPT Program Oversight and Management of ICE

    03/07/2014: April 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

    03/06/2014: Escalating Tension Between the U.S. and Russia and the U.S. Government Actions to Ban Visas for Involved Russians or Others

    03/06/2014: State Department Issues Ukraine Travel Warning for U.S. Citizen

    03/05/2014: USCIS AAO Appeals Processing Times as of 03/01/2014

    03/04/2014: USCIS Issues New I-864P Poverty Guidelines for 2014 Effective 03/01/2014

    03/04/2014: DOL 2014 Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers' Meals and Travel Subsistence Reimbursement in H-2A Program

    03/03/2014: DHS Secretary Announcement of Extension of Haitian TPS

    03/03/2014: Haitian F-1 Student Earth Quake Related Relief Extension of ICE Published in the Federal Register Today

    03/03/2014: Haitian TPS Extention Notice Published in the Federal Register Today

    03/03/2014: United States Supreme Court Declines Immigration Cases Appealed by Local Governments in Texas and Pennsylvania

    03/03/2014: USCIS Field Offices Closing - Weather

    03/03/2014: OPM Notice of Federal Offices in Washington D.C. Area Closing Today Due to Inclement Weather

    03/02/2014: DHS Annouces Chile's Designation of Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

    03/02/2014: White House OMB Clears Haitian Relief Extension Rules on 02/27/2013, Thursday

    03/01/2014: Democrat Tactic of Discharge Petition for House CIR Facing Road Block

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