Saturday, August 18, 2018

Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations

USCIS is updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program. Students and employers must report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity by submitting a modified Form I-983. Employers must report the STEM OPT student’s termination of employment or departure to the DSO within five business days.  As previously indicated on the webpage, students must report certain changes, such as changes to their employer’s name and address, to their DSO within 10 business days. Prompt reporting ensures that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is able to exercise effective oversight of the program.

Additionally, DHS is clarify

Friday, August 17, 2018

Justice Department Secures Denaturalization of Guardian Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Release Date: Aug. 15, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Aug. 8, Chief Judge James C. Dever III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina entered an order that revoked the naturalized U.S. citizenship of a child sex offender; restrained and enjoined him from claiming any rights, privileges, or advantages of U.S. citizenship; and ordered him to immediately surrender and deliver his Certificate of Naturalization and any other indicia of U.S. citizenship to federal authorities.

“The Justice Department is committed to preserving the integrity of our nation’s immigration system and the propriety of the government’s adjudication of immigration benefits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will aggressively pursue the denaturalization of

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by California Wildfires

USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including the California wildfires.

 The following services may be available on a discretionary basis upon request:

  • Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. If you don’t apply for the extension or change before your authorized period of admission expires, we may excuse the delay if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control;
  • Re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
  • Expedited processing of advance parole requests;
  • Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship; </li

Visa Bulletin October 2018 Predictions

For official September 2018 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-september-2018.aspx

Please see October 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
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F108MAY1108MAY1108MAY1115SEP9701JAN07
F2A15AUG1615AUG1615AUG1622JUL1615AUG16
F2B01DEC1101DEC1101DEC1115MAY9701MAY07
F315JUN0615JUN0615JUN0615JAN9608JUN95
F408APR0508APR0515JUN0422JAN9801JUL95
"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
F101APR1201APR1201APR1215NOV9801MAR08
F2A22JAN1822JAN1822JAN1822JAN1822JAN18
F2B08JUN1408JUN1408JUN1401JUL9701JAN08
F315OCT0615OCT0615OCT0622JAN9915AUG95
F415MAY0515MAY0515JAN0515JUN9822DEC95

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

WASHINGTON U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Yemen’s designation who want to maintain their status through the extension date of March 3, 2020, must re-register between August 14, 2018, and October  15, 2018.

Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps.</sp

Monday, August 13, 2018

Filing Location Change for Form I-829

On August 13, USCIS changed the filing location for Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.  This form was previously filed at the California Service Center.  Now, Form I-829 must be filed at a USCIS Lockbox facility.  The Immigrant Investor Program Office continues to be the adjudicating office.  When filing at a Lockbox facility, petitioners have the option to pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or credit card.  Please follow the Where to File and Filing Fee directions on the I-829 page. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

USCIS Issues Revised Final Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

Guidance Updated After Public Comment Period

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised final policy memorandum (PDF, 129 KB) related to unlawful presence after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018. Under the revised final policy memorandum, effective Aug. 9, 2018, F and M nonimmigrants who fall out of status and timely file for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence suspended while their application is pending.

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