Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tools Outage

From USCIS Alerts:

USCIS will conduct system maintenance on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 9 p.m. until midnight (Eastern).

During this time, our online tools may be unavailable, including:

  • Check My Case Status
  • e-Request
  • Change of Address Online
  • Check Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • FOIA Status Check
  • Office Locator
  • Forms by Mail

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Credit Card Payment Now Available for Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

From USCIS Alerts:

The USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility is now accepting Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.

As of April 18, the Nebraska Service Center no longer accepts this form and forwards N-565 applications to the Phoenix Lockbox.

With the transfer to a Lockbox facility, applicants may now pay the filing fee by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Substantial Support from USCIS Fraud Detection Unit Leads to Convictions in Two Separate Immigration Fraud Cases

From USCIS News:

LOS ANGELES – This week, two immigration fraud perpetrators were sentenced to prison due to the considerable efforts of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Los Angeles Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit. Los Angeles FDNS immigration officers worked closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to resolve potential fraud, national security and public safety concerns, and to ensure exchange of current and comprehensive information. 

“Convictions in both cases send a powerful message to anyone trying to take advantage of our community or defraud the government,” said USCIS Los Angeles District Director Donna Campagnolo. “Fighting fraud and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system are top priorities for USCIS. We remain committed and vi

Friday, April 20, 2018

E-Verify Outage and New Features

From USCIS Alerts:

E-Verify, the free system that allows employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States, will be unavailable from April 20 at 9 p.m. until April 22 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, while we implement system enhancements. For more information on how the outage will affect the creation of E-Verify cases see the fact sheet on our website.

On April 23, we will release a modernized version of E-Verify that will help users enter correct information, increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility verification process, decrease Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs), and red

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New E-Verify.gov Website a User-Friendly Source to Verify Employment Eligibility

From USCIS News:

New E-Verify.gov Website a User-Friendly Source to Verify Employment Eligibility 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the launch of our new website, E-Verify.gov. This is the authoritative source for information on electronic employment eligibility verification. E-Verify.gov is for employers, employees and the general public.

The user-friendly website provides information about E-Verify and Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, including employee rights and employer responsibilities in the employment verification process. E-Verify.gov allows employers to enroll in E-Verify directly and permits curr

Monday, April 16, 2018

Visa Bulletin June 2018 Predictions

For the official May 2018 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-may-2018.aspx

Please see June 2018 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based):

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F115APR1115APR1115APR1101JAN9715MAR06
F2A01JUL1601JUL1601JUL1615MAY1601JUL16
F2B01JUN1101JUN1101JUN1101JAN9701JAN07
F322FEB0622FEB0622FEB0622SEP9515APR95
F415OCT0415OCT0415MAR0422JAN9815MAR95
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F122JAN1222JAN1222JAN1222SEP9801DEC07
F2A08NOV1708NOV1708NOV1708NOV1708NOV17
F2B22OCT1122OCT1122OCT1115JUN9715OCT07
F301OCT0601OCT0601OCT0601JAN9908AUG95
F415APR0515APR0515DEC0415MAY9801NOV95

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

From USCIS Alerts:

On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2019.

USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 2, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS announced on April 6, that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 and the master’s cap of 20,000. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees unless the petition is a prohibited <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2018/2018-3-23