Friday, June 21, 2024

USCIS Issues Guidance on In-Person Filing for Certain SIJ Petitioners

We are updating the USCIS Policy Manual (PDF, 313.17 KB) to clarify how certain petitioners for special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) classification (or their representatives) may file Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigrant. If you are an SIJ petitioner with less than two weeks before your 21st birthday, you may file Form I-360 in person at a USCIS field office, instead of filing by mail. Contact the <a target

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

USCIS Shifts Workload for Form I-730 Following-to-Join Refugee Petitions

Effective May 6, 2024, all Forms I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, filed for following to join refugees (FTJ-R) are being processed at the USCIS International Operations Division rather than the Asylum Vetting Center. Any pending Form I-730 FTJ-R petitions filed by refugee petitioners will be automatically transferred from the Asylum Vetting Center to USCIS International Operations. We shifted this workload to better serve Form I-730 petitioners and beneficiaries by establishing a dedicated team with primary responsibility for initial domestic processing of FTJ-R petitions. This will help us process this critical family reunification program more efficiently.

If you have a pending Form I-730 FTJ-R petition, we wi

Sunday, June 16, 2024

USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Visas

Effective May 22, 2024, we are updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on family-based immigrant visa petitions (including Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and, in limited situations, family-based Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant), including explaining how we handle correcting approval notice errors,

Friday, June 14, 2024

USCIS Announces New FY 2024 Funding Opportunity Under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the opening of the application period for the Citizenship and Integration Training Academy (CITA), a new funding opportunity under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. CITA, a technical assistance grant, will provide up to $2.6 million in competitive funding to public or nonprofit organizations that have not received previous grant funding from USCIS. Through this grant opportunity, USCIS will provide funding and rigorous training to enable organizations to establish new high-quality citizenship programs.  

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Monday, June 10, 2024

July 2024 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For July 2024 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2024/visa-bulletin-july-2024.aspx

Please see below analysis of July 2024 Visa Bulletin:

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
F1+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+4 Months 7 DaysNo Change
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo ChangeNo Change
F3+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+3 Months+17 Days
F4+10 Days+10 Days+7 Days+7 Days+2 Months
"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
F1No ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2A+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months
F2BNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change+6 MonthsNo Change
F3+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo ChangeNo Change
F4No ChangeNo ChangeNo Change+1 Day+10 Months

July 2024 Visa Bulletin

For June 2024 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2024/visa-bulletin-june-2024.aspx

For analysis of July 2024 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2024/visa-bulletin-analysis-july-2024.aspx

July 2024 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 22OCT15 22OCT15 22OCT15 08MAY02 01MAR12
F2A 15NOV21 15NOV21 15NOV21 01FEB21 15NOV21
F2B 01MAY16 01MAY16 01MAY16 08JUL04 22OCT11
F3 01APR10 01APR10 01APR10 01MAR00 08SEP02
F4 01AUG07 01AUG07 22JAN06 08FEB01 01FEB04
"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 01SEP17 01SEP17 01SEP17 01APR05 22APR15
F2A 01NOV23 01NOV23 01NOV23 01NOV23 01NOV23
F2B 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 01MAY05 01OCT13
F3 01OCT10 01OCT10 01OCT10 15JUN01 08NOV03
F4 01MAR08 01MAR08 15JUN06 28APR01 01APR06

Sunday, June 9, 2024

USCIS Opens Additional San Francisco Asylum Office Location

USCIS' San Francisco Asylum Office is opening an additional temporary location in Oakland, California. Effective May 15, 2024, asylum applicants under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Asylum Office may receive an interview notice to appear at the asylum office located in Oakland instead of San Francisco. This additional location increases the San Francisco Asylum Office's capacity to schedule and conduct affirmative asylum interviews more efficiently.

The addresses of the new temporary Oakland-based office within the San Francisco Asylum Office's jurisdiction are:

Physical Address:

1301 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 77530
San Francisco, CA 94107

Opening this additional location will not affect the operations of the current asylum office location in San Francisco. Beginning May 15