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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test. The agency first announced plans to revise the civics test in July 2019. USCIS revised the civics test as part of a decennial update to ensure that it remains an instrument that comprehensively assesses applicants’ knowledge […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Provide Contract Interpreters for Asylum Interviews

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Provide Contract Interpreters for Asylum Interviews

Temporary Rule to Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a temporary final rule to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by using government-contracted telephonic interpreters for affirmative asylum interviews at no cost to the applicant. This temporary final rule changes for the next 180 days the requirement […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Adopts Administrative Appeals Office Decision onTemporary Protected Status and Authorized Travel

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Adopts Administrative Appeals Office Decision onTemporary Protected Status and Authorized Travel

TPS Beneficiaries Retain Same Immigration Status after Traveling Abroad   WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a Policy Memorandum adopting the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision on Matter of Z‑R‑Z‑C. The decision holds that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who travel abroad using a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-issued travel document under Immigration and […]

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 […]

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