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Agency That Manages Immigration Is Running Out Of Money, Will Charge More For Applications

Agency That Manages Immigration Is Running Out Of Money, Will Charge More For Applications

JASON HOPKINS IMMIGRATION AND POLITICS REPORTER . The federal agency that manages the country’s immigration system is at the brink of insolvency and will begin adding a surcharge to application fees. Faced with an unprecedented drop in immigration amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expected to run out of funds by […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches New Online Form for Reporting Fraud

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches New Online Form for Reporting Fraud

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today launched a new online tip form to help the public provide the agency with information about immigration fraud. The new online form, available on the USCIS public website, prompts the form user for the information that the USCIS’ fraud investigators need to investigate allegations of immigration benefit fraud or […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Requirement of Good Moral Character

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Requirement of Good Moral Character

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services expanded its policy guidance regarding unlawful acts that may prevent an applicant from meeting the good moral character (GMC) requirement for naturalization. The commission of, or conviction or imprisonment for, an unlawful act, during the statutory period for naturalization, may render an applicant ineligible for naturalization should the […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Implements Decisions from Attorney General on Good Moral Character Determinations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Implements Decisions from Attorney General on Good Moral Character Determinations

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced new policy guidance implementing two decisions from the attorney general regarding how two or more DUI convictions affect good moral character (GMC) requirements and how post-sentencing changes to criminal sentences affect convictions and sentences for immigration purposes. On Oct. 25, the attorney general decided in Matter of Castillo-Perez […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services | Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services | Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it has completed a successful pilot testing phase and is implementing the registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases Report on Arrest Histories of Illegal Aliens who Request DACA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases Report on Arrest Histories of Illegal Aliens who Request DACA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated data  (PDF, 745 KB) on arrests and apprehensions of illegal aliens who requested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   The release of this report reflects the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency. The report provides updated information on known arrests and apprehensions of DACA requestors. The data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed.  Among the findings of […]

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 Assists in Case Where Man Pleads to Immigration Fraud Targeting Chinese Nationals

USCIS Assists in Case Where Man Pleads to Immigration Fraud Targeting Chinese Nationals

LOS ANGELES – Assistance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Fraud Detection and National Security unit led a man to a no contest plea to an immigration fraud scheme that bilked more than $1.5 million from Chinese nationals, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Nov. 5. “USCIS will not tolerate crime in […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing the means-tested benefit criteria that was previously used as a factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for filing fees or biometric services. Individuals may still request a fee waiver if their documented annual household […]

USCIS Awards Three Los Angeles-based Organizations FY 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants totaling $725,000

USCIS Awards Three Los Angeles-based Organizations FY 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants totaling $725,000

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services    The fiscal year 2019 grants, which run through September 2021, promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. USCIS awarded the grants through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services grant opportunity, which […]

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