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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 […]

USCIS Clarifies Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification to Ensure Victims of Abuse, Neglect and Abandonment Receive Protection

USCIS Clarifies Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification to Ensure Victims of Abuse, Neglect and Abandonment Receive Protection

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today clarified requirements regarding the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. To ensure consistency surrounding this classification, USCIS is issuing three Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) adopted decisions. Through these adopted decisions, USCIS clarifies that it requires evidence of a court’s intervention to provide relief from abuse, neglect or abandonment beyond a […]

USCIS to Welcome More Than 34,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 

USCIS to Welcome More Than 34,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 

WASHINGTON—USCIS announced today that it will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens during 316 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 13 and 23. The USCIS Constitution Week activities will feature a naturalization ceremony at the DAR Constitution Hall on Sept. 17, where USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli […]

USCIS Expands FIRST: A Fully Digital FOIA System

USCIS Expands FIRST: A Fully Digital FOIA System

WASHINGTON— USCIS is announcing the expansion of its digital Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST). FIRST is the only system in the U.S. government that allows users to submit and track FOIA requests and receive documents digitally. This process will save time, improve efficiency and reduce potential errors that can occur with […]

USCIS Announces Online Case Status Feature for Asylum Applicants

USCIS Announces Online Case Status Feature for Asylum Applicants

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants who have a pending affirmative asylum application with USCIS can now check the status of their applications online at uscis.gov/casestatus. Only asylum applicants with an application pending with USCIS will be able to use this new feature to check their case status online. It will […]

New USCIS Tool Calculates Fees, Helps Avoid Incorrect Payments

New USCIS Tool Calculates Fees, Helps Avoid Incorrect Payments

WASHINGTON— USCIS has launched a new Online Fee Calculator to assist members of the public in calculating the correct fee amount to include when filing their forms with USCIS at an agency lockbox facility. A list of forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities is available on the USCIS website. USCIS developed the Online Fee Calculator […]

Re-Registration Period Opens for Syrians with Temporary Protected Status

Re-Registration Period Opens for Syrians with Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON—Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 30, 2019, must re-register between March 5 and May 4. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on the USCIS website. All applicants must submit Form I-821, […]

USCIS Strengthens Protections to Combat H-1B Abuses

USCIS Strengthens Protections to Combat H-1B Abuses

WASHINGTON—The H-1B visa program generally allows a foreign employee to work for a specific sponsoring American employer. As is true in many employment situations, the location of work can change. USCIS has published a policy memorandum making clear that USCIS may request detailed documentation to ensure a legitimate employer-employee relationship is maintained while an employee […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services | Finalizes Guidance on Signature Requirements

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services | Finalizes Guidance on Signature Requirements

WASHINGTON —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that petitioners and applicants who seek immigration benefits must provide a valid signature on forms submitted to the agency. In an effort to protect and safeguard the nation’s immigration system and those who benefit from it, power of attorney signatures will no longer be accepted. If forms […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Take Action to Address Asylum Backlog

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Take Action to Address Asylum Backlog

  WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an attempt to stem the growth of the agency’s asylum backlog. USCIS is responsible for overseeing the nation’s legal immigration system, which includes adjudicating asylum claims. The agency currently faces a […]

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