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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 […]

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Individuals with Temporary Protected Status under Syria’s Designation

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Individuals with Temporary Protected Status under Syria’s Designation

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through March 31, 2021, must re-register between Sept. 23 and Nov. 22, 2019. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been published in the Federal Register […]

USCIS Proposes More Effective and Efficient Processing of Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

USCIS Proposes More Effective and Efficient Processing of Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed regulation to improve the process for granting or denying an initial application for employment authorization documents (EADs) by reforming the current 30-day timeline pertaining to pending asylum applicants. These proposed changes will allow USCIS the time needed to receive, screen, and process applications, which in […]

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