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USCIS Expands Online Filing to allow Replacement Naturalization Certificate and Naturalization Hearing

2018-05-30T15:51:29+00:00 May 30, 2018|

USCIS has announced that Form N-565, Application for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document, and Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), can be filed online. Applicants use Form N-565 to replace a naturalization certificate, certificate of citizenship, or a repatriation certificate. They may also use [...]

USCIS and the Justice Department Formalize Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud

2018-05-16T15:22:04+00:00 May 16, 2018|

USCIS and the Department of Justice announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  that expands their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States. This new effort improves the way the agencies share information, collaborate on cases, and train each other’s investigators. The MOU [...]

USCIS Changing Policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

2018-05-16T15:16:39+00:00 May 16, 2018|

USCIS has posted a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. This policy aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the [...]

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

2018-05-16T14:48:57+00:00 May 16, 2018|

USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in their computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, they cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions.Additionally, USCIS may transfer some [...]

Extending OPT beyond the initial period and When to Apply for STEM OPT

2018-05-16T14:20:06+00:00 May 4, 2018|

CAP Gap Employment: The USCIS has clarified that F-1 nonimmigrant students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment authorization. An F-1 student who is the beneficiary of an H-1B petition and request for change of status that is filed on time may have his [...]

Let’s Not Forget the H-4 EAD Issue!

2018-04-27T20:59:19+00:00 Apr 27, 2018|

In a letter dated, April 4, 2018, the Director of the USCIS ( Director Lee Francis Cissna was detailed to Chairman Chuck Grassley’s staff at the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2015 until earlier this year) outlined regulatory changes to the H-4 EAD program: With regard to regulations, our plans include proposing regulatory changes to remove [...]

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

2018-04-13T03:09:19+00:00 Apr 13, 2018|

On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for FY 2019. USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 2, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. [...]