Friday, November 22, 2019

USCIS Issues Further Guidance on Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification

On Oct. 11, USCIS issued three adopted Administrative Appeals Office decisions to clarify requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. USCIS is now updating the USCIS Policy Manual (PDF, 375 KB) to reflect those clarifications.

This update reaffirms and clarifies that:

  • The petitioner must have been a juvenile under relevant state law when the juvenile court order was

Thursday, November 21, 2019

USCIS Releases Report on Arrest Histories of Illegal Aliens who Request DACA

Offenses include Murder, Rape, Weapon and Assault Charges  

Release Date: 

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/Immigration%20Forms%20Data/Static_files/DACA_Requestors_IDENT_Nov._2019.pdf" r

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

USCIS Publishes Guidance on H-2A Petitions for Sheep/Goat Herders

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a policy memorandum (PDF, 408 KB) (PM) that requires requests for temporary foreign workers for range sheep or goat herding or production be subject to the same requirements as other temporary agricultural workers.

USCIS is issuing this PM to ensure that H-2A nonimmigrant sheep/goat herders may only fill temporary and/or seasonal herder positions, and that petitioners filing petitions for permanent sheep/goat herders comply with the requirements applicable to permanent positio

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Customer Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. (Eastern), Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. (Eastern) and Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 12:01 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern).

During these timeframes, users may experience technical difficulties with one or more of the following online tools:

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

Monday, November 18, 2019

December 2019 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For December 2019 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-december-2019.aspx

Please see below analysis of December 2019 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+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 DaysNo Change+1 Month 16 Days
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo Change+2 Months
F3+24 Days+24 Days+24 DaysNo Change+3 Months
F4+1 Month+1 Month+17 DaysNo Change+3 Months 14 Days
"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
F1+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 DaysNo Change+1 Month 17 Days
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo Change+2 Months
F3+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo Change+3 Months
F4+21 Days+21 Days+16 DaysNo Change+3 Months 14 Days

December 2019 Visa Bulletin

For November 2019 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-november-2019.aspx

For analysis of December 2019 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-analysis-december-2019.aspx

December 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from December 1 to December 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 15MAY13
15MAY13 15MAY13 08AUG97 01NOV08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 08AUG14 08AUG14 08AUG14 22AUG98 01DEC08
F3 08NOV07 08NOV07 08NOV07 22FEB96 01SEP98
F4 01FEB07 01FEB07 01NOV04 15DEC97 15DEC98
"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 15NOV13 15NOV13 15NOV13 15NOV99 01MAY09
F2A 01OCT19 01OCT19 01OCT19 01OCT19 01OCT19
F2B 08FEB15 08FEB15 08FEB15 22APR99 01JUN09
F3 15MAY08 15MAY08 15MAY08 15JUL00 01MAR99
F4 22JUL07 22JUL07 01JUL05 01JAN99 15JUN99

December 2019 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official December 2019 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-december-2019.aspx

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

D. SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES

Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR):

Pursuant to the continuing resolution (H.R. 4378 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019), signed on September 27, 2019, the non-minister special immigrant program expires on November 21, 2019. No SR visas may be issued overseas or final action taken on adjustment of status cases after midnight, November 20, 2019. Visas issued prior to this date will only be issued with a validity date of November 20, 2019 and all individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight, November 20, 2019.

The final action date for this category has been listed as "Unavailable" for December for all countries.

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