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Immigration Agency Won’t Use Virtual Naturalization Ceremonies As Backlog Of Potential New Voters Grows

Immigration Agency Won’t Use Virtual Naturalization Ceremonies As Backlog Of Potential New Voters Grows

By Spencer Landis Virtual naturalization ceremonies amid the COVID-19 crisis are not feasible as thousands of applications remain pending, a spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said Wednesday. Rescheduling naturalization ceremonies is a “top priority as we enter our phased reopening” but virtual ceremonies present “logistical challenges” and security concerns, the spokesman told The […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Deter Frivolous or Fraudulent Asylum Seekers from Obtaining Work Authorizations 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Deter Frivolous or Fraudulent Asylum Seekers from Obtaining Work Authorizations 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a proposed rule to deter aliens from illegally entering the United States and from filing frivolous, fraudulent or otherwise non-meritorious asylum applications in order to obtain employment authorization. The proposed rule will better allow USCIS to extend protections to those with bona fide asylum claims. USCIS also seeks […]

USCIS To Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations

USCIS To Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India. Previously, Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli directed the agency to continue operating in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Salvador, El Salvador, as part of a […]

USCIS Releases U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide to Better Support Certifying Agencies to Protect Victims of Crimes

USCIS Releases U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide to Better Support Certifying Agencies to Protect Victims of Crimes

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide to provide law enforcement and other certifying agencies with helpful information and best practices for the U visa certification process. This guide will assist law enforcement and other certifying agencies, who play a critical role in the U visa adjudication […]

Immigration | New Rulemaking Brings Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Immigration | New Rulemaking Brings Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a final rule on July 24 that makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, marking the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The final rule will become effective on Nov. 21, 2019. New developments under the final rule include: […]

Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

WASHINGTON— Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan today announced that Kenneth T. (Ken) Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective June 10, 2019. Cuccinelli will lead an agency of 19,000 employees and contractors who are responsible for administering our nation’s lawful immigration system while […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Names New Deputy Director

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Names New Deputy Director

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it has selected Mark Koumans as the agency’s next Deputy Director, and he will start his new duties on Monday, May 13. Koumans, a career federal employee, has served since September 2015 in a number of executive positions at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Koumans will […]

DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the […]

USCIS Makes Two More Applications Available for Online Filing

USCIS Makes Two More Applications Available for Online Filing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants can now complete and file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 online. “One of the major burdens to both benefit seekers and the agency’s adjudicators is the costly, time […]

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Somalia

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Somalia

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on March 17, 2020, must re-register between Aug. 27 through Oct. 26. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been […]

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