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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces Open Application Period for Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces Open Application Period for Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. The grant opportunities will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.    These competitive grant opportunities are open to organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021. On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised naturalization civics test (2020 civics test) as part of a decennial test review and update process. USCIS determined the 2020 civics test development process, […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

Rule Expected to Protect the Economic Interests of American Workers WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will modify the H-1B cap selection process, amend current lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ending Two Categorical Parole Programs  

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ending Two Categorical Parole Programs  

Haitian Family Reunification Parole and Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Programs to be Terminated WASHINGTON— In keeping with the agency’s August 2019 announcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a Federal Register notice requesting public comments on revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document to remove sections relating to the Haitian Family […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Los Angeles District Offices Continue to Provide In-Person Services as Counties Shut Down

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Los Angeles District Offices Continue to Provide In-Person Services as Counties Shut Down

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley Field Offices and application support centers remain open for business as the governor’s shelter-in-place order goes into effect. Since USCIS is considered an essential business, it is open to handle scheduled interview and customer service appointments, taking […]

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 […]

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