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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 […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS Clarifies Proxy Vote Use for Certain Intracompany Transferee Visa Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS Clarifies Proxy Vote Use for Certain Intracompany Transferee Visa Petitions

WASHINGTON —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated policy guidance today clarifying that a proxy vote must be irrevocable to establish the requisite control of a company in an L-1 visa petition. A U.S. or foreign employer may file an L-1 visa petition to temporarily transfer a foreign employee to the U.S. from one […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues Clarifying Guidance on NAFTA TN Status Eligibility for Economists

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues Clarifying Guidance on NAFTA TN Status Eligibility for Economists

WASHINGTON —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is clarifying policy guidance  TN nonimmigrant status on the specific work activities its officers should consider when determining whether an individual qualifies for TN nonimmigrant status as an economist. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) TN nonimmigrant status allows qualified Canadian and Mexican […]

USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule

USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision. Although the IER was published during the previous administration with an effective date of July 17, 2017, it did not take effect because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

USCIS to Host Naturalization Information Sessions this November

USCIS to Host Naturalization Information Sessions this November

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present naturalization information sessions at various locations in Los Angeles throughout the month of November. These sessions are part of a continued effort with the agency to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the naturalization test, and become familiar with free educational resources […]

Advisory: Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5

Advisory: Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients that they have one week to properly file their DACA renewal requests and associated applications for employment authorization. As previously announced, for recipients whose DACA and work authorization expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, […]

USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants

USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants

Agency Publishes Revised Form I-485 and Instructions   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The new Form I-485 and instructions have been substantially updated to reduce complexity after collecting comments from the public and stakeholders. The revised version gives applicants better information […]

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that starting Monday, June 26, the agency will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers. The Conrad 30 program allows certain medical doctors to stay in the United States on a […]

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