Friday, June 30, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

From USCIS News:

On July 4, we celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday and the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

USCIS marks Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies across the country. This year, we will welcome nearly 15,000 new citizens during more than 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country. A list of highlighted ceremonies is below.

We invite you to share your experiences and photos from naturalization ceremonies on social media, using the hashtags #newUScitizen and #July4th. You can follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/<a target='_


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants

From USCIS News:

WASHINGTON - 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 to accurately complete Form I-485, including clear navigation to the parts of the form and instructions that are relevant to the applicants’ specific situations. These updates should increase the efficiency of the adjudication process by reducing errors and requests for evidence.

Applicants living in the United States file Form I-485 to adjust their immigration status and become lawful permanent residents, which allows one to live and work permanent


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Monday, June 26, 2017

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

From USCIS News:

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 temporary visa after completing their medical training to work in rural and urban areas that have shortage of physicians.

“This program improves health care access for Americans living in underserved areas, and we are pleased to resume premium processing for these petition


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Estati Pwoteksyon Tanporè pou Ayiti a Pwolonje pou sis mwa

From USCIS News:

WASHINGTON— Sekretè Sekirite Enteryè John F. Kelly pwolonje Estati Pwoteksyon Tanporè (TPS) pou resòtisan ayisyen ki kalifye (ak moun ki pa gen nasyonalite ki kalifye epi dènye kote yo te abitye viv se Ayiti) jiska 22 janvye 2018. Apre li te konsilte avèk ajans konpetan gouvènman Etazini an epi analize kondisyon nan peyi a, Sekretè Kelly te detèmine ke sitiyasyon an te merite yon pwolongasyon limite, pou sis mwa. Malgre Ayiti te fè gwo pwogrè pou l rekipere apre tranbleman tè janvye 2010 la ki te motive deziyasyon sa a, kondisyon an Ayiti ki te sipòte deziyasyon an toujou egziste kounye a.

Moun ki benefisye deziyasyon TPS Ayiti kounye a yo ki ta vle pwolonje TPS yo dwe reenskri anvan 24 jiyè 2017. Moun ki benefisye TP


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Visa Bulletin August 2017 Predictions

For the official July 2017 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-july-2017.aspx

Please see August 2017 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
F115FEB1115FEB1115FEB1108FEB9601NOV06
F2A01OCT1501OCT1501OCT1522SEP1501OCT15
F2B01DEC1001DEC1001DEC1022JUN9608DEC06
F301AUG0501AUG0501AUG0501APR9508JAN95
F401JUN0415JUN0415DEC0308AUG9722MAR94
"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
F115SEP1115SEP1115SEP1101MAY9608NOV07
F2A22APR1622APR1622APR1622APR1622APR16
F2B22SEP1122SEP1122SEP1115AUG9608SEP07
F308DEC0508DEC0508DEC0508MAY9522FEB95
F401DEC0401DEC0415JUL0401FEB9808APR95


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Visa Bulletin July 2017

For June 2017 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-june-2017.aspx

July 2017 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from July 1 to July 31 only). Please see below for more details.

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
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 22DEC10 22DEC10 22DEC10 15JAN96 15SEP06
F2A 08SEP15 08SEP15 08SEP15  22AUG15 08SEP15
F2B 01NOV10 01NOV10 01NOV10  01JUN96 01NOV06
F3 08JUL05 08JUL05 08JUL05 22MAR95  15DEC94
F4 08MAY04 08MAY04 22SEP03 01AUG97 15FEB94
"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
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 22JUL11 22JUL11 22JUL11 01APR96 08SEP07
F2A 08APR16 08APR16 08APR16  08APR16  08APR16
F2B 01SEP11 01SEP11 01SEP11 08AUG96 22JUL07
F3 01DEC05 01DEC05 01DEC05 01MAY95 01FEB95
F4 15NOV04 15NOV04 22JUN04 08JAN98 08FEB95


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Visa Bulletin July 2017 Special Notes

For the official July 2017 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-july-2017.aspx

Apart from posting current dates, State Department has also added special notes to Visa Bulletin mentioned above. Please see full details below:

D.  OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE
     CATEGORIES

CHINA Employment-based Third (E3) preference category:  Readers were advised in item F of the June Visa Bulletin number 6, that it would be necessary to impose a date no later than August. The continued high level of demand for E3 numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for July. This has been done in an attempt to hold number use within the China E3 annual limit. The China E3 date will return to October 1, 2014 for October, the first month of fiscal year 2018.


INDIA Employment-based Fourth (E4) AND Certain Religious Workers (SR) preference categories:  As readers were advised in the June Visa Bulletin number 6, there has been extremely high demand in the E4 and SR categories.  Pursuant to


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Friday, June 2, 2017

Customer Service Tools Outage

From USCIS Alerts:

USCIS will conduct system maintenance on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. (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

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