Saturday, September 14, 2019

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Week) 2019 with Naturalization Ceremonies

On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day as part of Constitution Week. The commemoration honors both the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and an observance that began in 1940 as “I Am an American Day.”

USCIS celebrates Constitution Week with naturalization ceremonies across the country. This year, we will welcome nearly 34,300 new citizens at during 316 naturalization ceremonies between Sept. 13 and 23. A list of highlighted ceremonies is below.

We encourage you to share your experiences and photos from naturalization ceremonies through social media, using the hashtags #newUScitizen, #ConstitutionWeek and #WethePeople. You can also follow us on Twitter (<a target='_blank' href="



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Friday, September 13, 2019

Cuccinelli Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Enforcement of the Asylum Rule

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to permit the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s asylum rule requiring asylum seekers to seek protection in at least one third country they traveled through en route to the United States.

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down judicial activists’ injunction and allow the Trump Administration to carry out its rule to strengthen the asylum process. I commend the work done by the attorneys at the Department of Justice to achieve this outstanding outcome. The Administration’s rule is designed to safeguard the integrity of the U.S. a



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

USCIS Proposes More Effective and Efficient Processing of Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed regulation to improve the process for granting or denying an initial application for employment authorization documents (EADs) by reforming the current 30-day timeline pertaining to pending asylum applicants.

These proposed changes will allow USCIS the time needed to receive, screen, and process applications, which in turn would strengthen national security, maintain technological advances in identity verification, and further deter those who may be attempting to defraud the legal immigration system under an improved process.

The original 30-day timeline was enacted more than 20 years ago. Since then, there have bee



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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a system maintenance starting at 11:59 pm on Friday, September 6th until 3 am on Saturday, September 7th.  All times are Eastern.

During this time you may experience technical difficulties with one or more online tools:

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

USCIS Proposes More Effective and Efficient Processing of Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed regulation to improve the process for granting or denying an initial application for employment authorization documents (EADs) by reforming the current 30-day timeline pertaining to pending asylum applicants.

These proposed changes will allow USCIS the time needed to receive, screen, and process applications, which in turn would strengthen national security, maintain technological advances in identity verification, and further deter those who may be attempting to defraud the legal immigration system under an improved process.

The original 30-day timeline was enacted more than 20 years ago. Since then, there have bee



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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

E-Verify launches new video resource page



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Monday, September 2, 2019

USCIS Re-Opens Previously Pending Deferral Requests

Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services announced it will reopen non-military deferred action cases that were pending on August 7.  Letters will be sent this week re-opening all cases that were pending on August 7.

On August 7, USCIS stopped its consideration of deferred action for non-military requestors. At that time, USCIS sent out letters informing those who had requested deferred action that USCIS was no longer entertaining such requests. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer the deportation of an individual who is illegally present in the United States as an act of prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis.  Those denied requests that were pending on August 7 did not have removal orders pend



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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Changes to Direct Filing Addresses for Certain H-1B Form I-129 Petitions

On Sept. 1, we will change the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The changes apply to the following cap-exempt H-1B petitions:

  • Continuing previously approved employment from the same employer;
  • Changing previously approved employment;
  • New concurrent employment;
  • Changing an employer;
  • Changing status to H-1B;
  • Notifying a U.S. consulate, port of entry, or pre-flight inspection; or
  • Amending a petition.

This excludes petitions:

  • Filed by cap-exempt petitioners or for cap-exempt entities;
  • That are c


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Friday, August 30, 2019

USCIS Policy Manual Update

Introduction

Our latest update to the USCIS Policy Manual defines “residence” as it relates to citizenship for children of certain U.S. government employees and members of the U.S. armed forces who are employed or stationed outside the United States, to conform with the definition of residence in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This guidance rescinds previously established USCIS policy, which stated that certain children who were living outside the United States were considered “residing in” the United States.

As a result, it changes the process that parents of such children must follow to obtain



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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Statement Regarding a Policy Update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship

Today, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement regarding a policy update Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship.

“This policy update does not affect who is born a U.S. citizen, period.  This only affects children who were born outside the United States and were not U.S. citizens.  This does NOT impact birthright citizenship.  This policy update does not deny citizenship to the children of US government employees or members of the military born abroad.  This policy aligns USCIS’ process with the Department of State’s procedure, that’s it.&r



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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

USCIS Policy Manual Update

Introduction

Our latest update to the USCIS Policy Manual defines “residence” as it relates to citizenship for children of certain U.S. government employees and members of the U.S. armed forces who are employed or stationed outside the United States, to conform with the definition of residence in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This guidance rescinds previously established USCIS policy, which stated that certain children who were living outside the United States were considered “residing in” the United States.

As a result, it changes the process that parents of such children must follow to obtain



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Thursday, August 22, 2019

USCIS Helps Detect Marriage Fraud Ring

The Bridgeport resident pleaded guilty to arranging numerous fraudulent marriages so noncitizens could obtain Green Cards.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. John H. Durham, United States attorney for the District of  Connecticut; the acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston; and a supervisory immigration officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), announced that Jodian Stephenson, also known as “Jodian Gordon,” 35, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty on Aug. 19, in New Haven federal court to a conspiracy charge stemming from her arrange



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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a system maintenance starting at 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 22nd until 3 a.m. on Friday, August 23rd.  All times are Eastern.

During this time you may experience technical difficulties with one or more online tools:

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

USCIS Issues Guidance on Discretionary Employment Authorization for Parolees

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued policy guidance (PDF, 305 KB) in the USCIS Policy Manual to address its discretion to grant employment authorization to foreign nationals who are paroled into the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible.

Certain foreign nationals may be paroled into the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Parolees are not entitled to emp



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Friday, August 16, 2019

Visa Bulletin October 2019 Predictions

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

Please see October 2019 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
F122FEB1322FEB1322FEB1315AUG9608AUG08
F2ACCCCC
F2B22AUG1422AUG1422AUG1408AUG9808SEP08
F308OCT0708OCT0708OCT0708DEC9501MAY98
F401JAN0701JAN0708OCT0422JAN9708OCT98
"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
F108JUN1308JUN1308JUN1315DEC9901JAN09
F2A22AUG1922AUG1922AUG1922AUG1922AUG19
F2B01NOV1401NOV1401NOV1401MAY9908MAR09
F322FEB0822FEB0822FEB0801SEP0008SEP98
F408MAY0708MAY0701JUN0508JAN9901APR99



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS has returned all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process. On May 17, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry of all selected H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2020.



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September 2019 Visa Bulletin Analysis

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

Please see below analysis of September 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+6 Months+6 Months+6 MonthsNo Change+4 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+5 Months+5 Months+5 Months+1 Month+4 Months
F3+2 Months 9 Days+2 Months 9 Days+2 Months 9 DaysNo Change+4 Months
F4+1 Month+1 Month+7 DaysNo Change+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
F1+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+7 Days+3 Months 10 Days
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month+3 Months
F3+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo Change+4 Months
F4+2 Months 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days+7 Days+7 Days+2 Months



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September 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

September 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from September 1 to September 30 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 01JAN13
01JAN13 01JAN13 01AUG96 22JUN08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01JUN14 01JUN14 01JUN14 01JUL98 01AUG08
F3 01SEP07 01SEP07 01SEP07 01DEC95 01FEB98
F4 01NOV06 01NOV06 22SEP04 01JAN97 01JUL98
"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 01MAY13 01MAY13 01MAY13 08NOV99 01DEC08
F2A 01JUL19 01JUL19 01JUL19 01JUL19 01JUL19
F2B 15OCT14 15OCT14 15OCT14 01MAR99 01FEB09
F3 22JAN08 22JAN08 22JAN08 15JUL00 01AUG98
F4 08MAR07 08MAR07 22MAY05 22DEC98 01JAN99



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September 2019 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official September 2019 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-september-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. AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST, SECOND and FIFTH PREFERENCE NUMBERS

There has been a combination of a dramatic change in the USCIS demand pattern for adjustment of status applicants during July, and a larger than anticipated return of unused numbers which had been provided to consular offices for July use. As a result, it has been possible to advance the Employment First and Second preference September final action dates for most countries, as well as the India Employment Fifth preference.

E. SEVERAL EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CATEGORIES HAVE RETROGRESSED OR BECOME "UNAVAILABLE" FOR THE REMAINDER OF FISCAL YEAR 2019

Worldwide Employment Fourth (E4): Since June, USCIS demand for E4 numbers, primarily for Juvenile Court Dependent adjustment of status applicants, has increased dramatically. This has resulted in the E4 an



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Monday, August 12, 2019

USCIS Announces Final Rule Enforcing Long-Standing Public Charge Inadmissibility Law

Regulation promotes self-sufficiency and immigrant success

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that clearly defines long-standing law to better ensure that aliens seeking to enter and remain in the United States — either temporarily or permanently — are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations rather than on public resources.

This final rule amends DHS regulations by prescribing how DHS will dete



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Saturday, August 10, 2019

USCIS Will Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations

Transition aimed at increasing efficiencies, reducing backlogs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India. Previously, Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli directed the agency to continue operating in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Salvador, El Salvador, as part of a whole-of-government approach to address the crisis at the southern border.

While retaining these seven international offices, USCIS plans to close the remaining thirteen international field offices and three district offices b



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Friday, August 9, 2019

USCIS Assists in Conviction of Visa Fraud Perpetrator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal jury convicted Abhijit Prasad, 52, of Tracy, California, on 21 counts of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft today. The case originated in Sacramento when the grand jury there indicted Prasad in 2016, but the case was ultimately tried in San Francisco after a court order transferred the case there.

U.S. Attorney David Anderson for the Northern District of California and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott for the Eastern District of California made the announcement.

According to the evidence at trial, Prasad filed 19 petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant visas containing false statements, made under penalty of perjury, about purported work projects to be performe



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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a system maintenance from Wednesday, August 7, 2019 starting at 12 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. (Eastern).

During this time you may experience technical difficulties with one or more online tools:

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

USCIS Detects and Assists in Conviction of U-Visa Fraud Perpetrators

The South Carolina residents were convicted of attempting to fraudulently acquire U-visas for three foreign nationals in order to remain illegally in the United States

GREENVILLE, S.C.  A jury convicted two residents of South Carolina individuals of conspiracy to defraud the United States by attempting to fraudulently acquire “U-Visas” for three foreign nationals. Miguel Bautista-Manuel, age 41, of Mexico, and Travis Lee Nixon, age 29, of Greenville, were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Bautista-Manuel and Nixon attempted to fraudulently acquire “U-Visas” for Bautista-Manuel,



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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Reminder: USCIS Rejecting Form I-129 Petitions That Lack Required Name and Address

Updated rejection criteria includes time-sensitive H-2A visa classification

As previously announced, on August 5, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of the form.

USCIS will subject all requests for nonimmigrant classifications filed on Form I-129 to this rejection criteria, including the time-sensitive H-2A visa classificatio



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Saturday, August 3, 2019

USCIS to End Certain Categorical Parole Programs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced its intention to terminate two categorical parole programs, consistent with Executive Order (E.O.) 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and to better ensure that parole is used only on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the law. Parole is a process that allows foreign nationals to temporarily enter or remain in the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible. The programs to be terminated are the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program and the Filip



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Thursday, August 1, 2019

USCIS Releases U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide to Better Support Certifying Agencies to Protect Victims of Crimes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide (PDF, 1.58 MB) to provide law enforcement and other certifying agencies with helpful information and best practices for the U visa certification process. This guide will assist law enforcement and other certifying agencies, who play a critical role in the U visa adjudication process, and will ensure they have the resources they need to provide a properly completed certification for immigrant victims of crime.

“This guide will assist law enforcem



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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

These competitive grant opportunities are open to organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.

USCIS seeks to expand availability of high-quality citizenship and assimilation services throughout the country with these two grant opportunities:

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a system maintenance from Friday, August 2, 2019 starting at 9 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

During this time you may experience technical difficulties with one of our online tools:

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Monday, July 29, 2019

Asylum and Internal Relocation Guidance

The crisis at our Southern border continues to be severe. Every day, USCIS faces an unprecedented number of aliens overwhelming our asylum system, many of whom are ineligible for asylum and are attempting to enter and remain in the country in violation of our laws. This guidance further clarifies current regulations and policies that are already in place regarding internal relocation of an alien in their home country, eliciting testimony for credible fear screenings, and documenting outcomes. As detailed in the Department of State country conditions reports for these countries, private violence is not pervasive across the entirety of each Northern Triangle country. I am writing to provide a reminder of the importance of assessi



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Sunday, July 28, 2019

USCIS Closes the Moscow Field Office to Public on Feb. 28, 2019

As of Feb. 28, 2019, the USCIS field office in Moscow, Russia, is closed to the public and no longer accepting applications. Due to a significant decrease in workload, USCIS will permanently close the office on March 29, 2019. The USCIS field office in Athens, Greece, will assume jurisdiction over immigration matters in the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by USCIS to individuals residing in Russia (see table below).



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Saturday, July 27, 2019

H-2B Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination with Form I-129

On July 3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implemented its new Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system for the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker program. As of July 3, employers who file an H-2B application for temporary labor certification in FLAG will only receive a temporary labor certification electronically.

If your application for a temporary labor certification was processed in FLAG, you must include a printed copy of the electronic one-page “final determination” of your H-2B temporary labor certification approval when you submit your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.



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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New Rulemaking Brings Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Minimum Investments, Targeted Employment Area Designations Among Reforms

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a final rule on July 24 that makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, marking the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The final rule will become effective on Nov. 21, 2019.

New developments under the final rule include:

  • Raising the minimum investment amoun


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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a system maintenance from Friday, July 19, 2019 starting at 9 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

During this time you may experience technical difficulties with one of our online tools:

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Friday, July 19, 2019

USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test

Memorandum Announces a Decennial Revision Schedule

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising the current naturalization test with improvements to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant’s civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments. The goal is to create a meaningful, uniform, and efficient test that will assess applicants’ knowledge and understanding of U.S. history, government and values.

This spring, the former USCIS director signed the <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizens



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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

E-Verify is now on LinkedIn

The Verification Division is streamlining our public contact channels. E-Verify Listens will be discontinued on July 17.  We are encouraging interested parties to connect with us through our E-Verify website, on Twitter (@EVerify), and on Facebook. In addition, they can subscribe to GovDelivery to receive the latest E-Verify email updates, and text “EVERIFY UPDATES” to 468311 to get the latest E-Verify news. </



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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Visa Bulletin September 2019 Predictions

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

Please see September 2019 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
F108AUG1208AUG1208AUG1215AUG9601APR08
F2ACCCCC
F2B15MAR1415MAR1415MAR1408JUL9801MAY08
F301AUG0701AUG0701AUG0708DEC9515DEC97
F401DEC0601DEC0601OCT0422JAN9708AUG98
"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
F101APR1301APR1301APR1308DEC9908SEP08
F2A22JUL1922JUL1922JUL1922JUL1922JUL19
F2B15SEP1415SEP1415SEP1401APR9901DEC08
F301FEB0801FEB0801FEB0808SEP0001JUL98
F408FEB0708FEB0701JUN0501JAN9908FEB99



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Monday, July 15, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a system maintenance on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 9 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

During this time you may experience technical difficulties with one of our online tools:

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

August 2019 Visa Bulletin Analysis

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

Please see below analysis of August 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+3 Months 24 Days+3 Months 24 Days+3 Months 24 DaysNo Change+6 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+4 Months+4 Months+4 Months+1 Month 16 Days+3 Months
F3+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+5 Months+2 Months
F4+3 Months 16 Days+3 Months 16 Days+24 DaysNo Change+4 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
F1+3 Months 23 Days+3 Months 23 Days+3 Months 23 Days+10 Days+3 Months 21 Days
F2A+2 Months 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days
F2B+17 Days+17 Days+17 Days+1 Month 10 Days+3 Months
F3+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+7 Days+2 Months
F4No ChangeNo Change+23 Days+7 Days+4 Months



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August 2019 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official August 2019 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-august-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. ESTABLISHMENT AND RETROGRESSION OF AUGUST EMPLOYMENT-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES

There has been a steadily increasing level of Employment applicant demand since late May for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and there is no indication that this increase will end. Therefore, it has been necessary to establish or retrogress many of the August Final Action Dates in an effort to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the respective FY-2019 annual limits.

The implementation of the above mentioned dates is expected to be only a temporary issue. For October, the first month of fiscal year 2020, every effort will be made to return these final action dates to those which applied for July.

E. DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2020 (DV-2020) RESULTS

The Kentucky Consular Center in



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August 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

August 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from August 1 to August 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 01JUL12
01JUL12 01JUL12 01AUG96 22FEB08
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01JAN14 01JAN14 01JAN14 01JUN98 01APR08
F3 22JUN07 22JUN07 22JUN07 01DEC95 01OCT97
F4 01OCT06 01OCT06 15SEP04 01JAN97 01MAY98
"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 01MAR13 01MAR13 01MAR13 01NOV99 22AUG08
F2A 01JUN19 01JUN19 01JUN19 01JUN19 01JUN19
F2B 01SEP14 01SEP14 01SEP14 01FEB99 01NOV08
F3 22DEC07 22DEC07 22DEC07 15JUL00 01APR98
F4 15DEC06 15DEC06 15MAY05 15DEC98 01NOV98



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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Executives of Staffing Companies Charged with Visa Fraud

NEWARK, N.J. – Four executives of two information technology staffing companies have been arrested on charges of fraudulently using the H-1B visa program to gain an unfair advantage over competitors, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced yesterday.

Vijay Mane, 39, of Princeton, New Jersey; Venkataramana Mannam, 47, of Edison, New Jersey; Fernando Silva, 53, of Princeton; and Sateesh Vemuri, 52, of San Jose, California, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

Vemuri made his initial appearance July 1, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court. Mannam and Silva appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court on June 25, 20



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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Celebrating Independence Day 2019 with Naturalization Ceremonies

On July 4, we celebrate our nation’s 243rd 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 almost 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies between July 1 and July 5. A list of highlighted Independence Day-themed ceremonies is below.

We invite you to share your experiences and photos from naturalization ceremonies on social media, using the hashtags #newUScitizen, #4thofJuly and #IndependenceDay. You can follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Y



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Sunday, June 30, 2019

“Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act” Guidance for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

USCIS announced today it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This extension of parole will provide relief while USCIS establishes procedures for obtaining the new CNMI Resident status, which was created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act (PDF) (Public Law 116-24), signed by President Trump on June 25, 2019.

Extending Parole

Parole for individuals under the previous <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.gov/laws/immigration-commonwealth-northern-mariana-islands-cn



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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a widespread system maintenance on Friday, June 28, 2019 to Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. (Eastern) and Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Eastern).

During this time you may experience technical difficulties and many of 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
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS Online Account 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

<



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Friday, June 28, 2019

USCIS Acting Director Cuccinelli Response to Amicus Brief Filed by AFGE Local 1924 Leadership

WASHINGTON—Today, USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement blasting the amicus brief filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by AFGE Local 1924 leadership.

“Union leadership continues to play games while the border crisis intensifies. Lives are being lost, detention facilities are unsustainably overcrowded, and illegal aliens with frivolous claims continue to overwhelm our system. The fact of the matter remains that our officers signed up to protect the truly vulnerable, our asylum system, and most importantly, our country. A cheap political stunt helps no one and certainly does not help to contain this crisis.

“Our Southern border is facing a daily crisis of



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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

USCIS Expands FIRST: A Fully Digital FOIA System

WASHINGTON— USCIS is announcing the expansion of its digital Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST). FIRST is the only system in the U.S. government that allows users to submit and track FOIA requests and receive documents digitally. This process will save time, improve efficiency, and reduce potential errors that can occur with manually handling paper.

Starting today, FOIA requestors with a USCIS online account can submit requests online for their own records. Soon, they will be able to submit online requests for non-A-File material (policies, communications, etc.) Later this year, USCIS online account holders can make requests on behalf of another person.

“As USCIS



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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Naturalization Fact Sheet

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 7.4 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. In fiscal year 2018, over 757,000 people were naturalized.

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen can be a very important milestone in an immigrant’s life. Individuals must demonstrate a commitment to the unifying principles that bind us as Americans and, in return, will enjoy many of the rights and privileges that are fundamental to U.S. citizenship.

About the Naturalization Process

Individuals age 18 or older seeking to become a citizen of the United



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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Grace Period Extended for Previous Edition of Form I-918

We are extending the grace period for the previous edition of Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, including Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification, through Dec. 31, 2019. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, we will only accept a Form I-918 with edition date 04/24/19.

The current edition of Form I-918 available on the USCIS website is dated 04/24/19. We previously indicated that starting July 2, 2019, we would only accept the 04/24/19 edition. USCIS understands that a two-month transition period may provide a limited grace period specifically for Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certifications, so we have extended this grace period. You can find the e



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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

USCIS Will No Longer Accept I-407 at International Field Offices

Beginning July 1, USCIS will no longer accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status at international field offices by mail or in person.

Individuals who wish to voluntarily record abandonment of their lawful permanent resident (LPR) status must submit Form I-407 via mail to:

USCIS Eastern Forms Center
Attn: I-407 unit
124 Leroy Road
PO Box 567
Williston, VT 05495

We anticipate that processing times at the Eastern Forms Center, from receipt to completion, will be within 60 days, which does not include mailing time to or from outside of the United States.

In ver



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Monday, June 17, 2019

USCIS Aims to Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485

USCIS will implement a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on location for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Since the end of 2015, we have experienced an increase in processing times due to higher than expected volumes received during fiscal years (FY) 2016 and 2017 that did not decrease as originally projected. FY 2017 receipts were up 15.6% from FY 2016, and FY 2016 receipts were up 25.5% from FY 2015. The increased filing volumes did not affect our field offices equally, which resulted in some d



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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Visa Bulletin August 2019 Predictions

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

Please see August 2019 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
F101APR1201APR1201APR1215AUG9601OCT07
F2ACCCCC
F2B01NOV1301NOV1301NOV1322MAY9801FEB08
F301APR0701APR0701APR0708JUL9515OCT97
F401AUG0601AUG0601SEP0422JAN9701APR98
"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
F101DEC1201DEC1201DEC1201DEC9922JUN08
F2A22APR1922APR1922APR1922APR1922APR19
F2B08NOV1408NOV1408NOV1408FEB9922AUG08
F308OCT0708OCT0708OCT0701SEP0022APR98
F408FEB0708FEB0701MAY0522DEC9822SEP98



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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens

Kenneth T. “Ken” Cuccinelli II Acting Director, USCISOn May 23, 2019, the President issued a Presidential Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens. The memorandum directs relevant federal agencies to update or issue procedures, guidance, and regulations to comply with current law and ensure that ineligible immigrants do not receive federal



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Thursday, June 13, 2019

July 2019 Visa Bulletin Analysis

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

Please see below analysis of July 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+22 Days+22 Days+22 Days-1 Year 7 Days+2 Months
F2A+1 Year 11 Months 17 Days+1 Year 11 Months 17 Days+1 Year 11 Months 17 Days+2 Years+1 Year 11 Months 17 Days
F2B+3 Months 17 Days+3 Months 17 Days+3 Months 17 Days+1 Month+1 Month 16 Days
F3+2 Months 17 Days+2 Months 17 Days+2 Months 17 Days-7 Months 21 Days+6 Months
F4+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 Days+7 Days-1 Year 1 Month 7 Days+7 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
F1+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+7 Days+9 Days
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+7 Days+7 Days+7 Days+7 Days+1 Month
F3+17 Days+17 Days+17 Days+7 Days+3 Months
F4+14 Days+14 Days+7 Days+7 Days+4 Months



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July 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

July 2019 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 08MAR12
08MAR12 08MAR12 01AUG96 22AUG07
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01SEP13 01SEP13 01SEP13 15APR98 01JAN08
F3 08MAR07 08MAR07 08MAR07 01JUL95 01AUG97
F4 15JUN06 15JUN06 22AUG04 01JAN97 01JAN98
"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 08NOV12 08NOV12 08NOV12 22OCT99 01MAY08
F2A 08MAR19 08MAR19 08MAR19 08MAR19 08MAR19
F2B 15AUG14 15AUG14 15AUG14 22DEC98 01AUG08
F3 08SEP07 08SEP07 08SEP07 08JUL00 01FEB98
F4 15DEC06 15DEC06 22APR05 08DEC98 01JUL98



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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official July 2019 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-july-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. FAMILY-SPONSORED SECOND PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY

F2A: This category has become "Current" for July, and is expected to remain so through September. This action has been taken in an effort to generate an increased level of demand. Despite the large amount of registered F2A demand, currently there are not enough applicants who are actively pursuing final action on their case to fully utilize all of the available numbers under the annual limit.

Once large numbers of F2A applicants do begin to have their cases brought to final action, it will be necessary to establish a date in an effort to control number use within the annual limit. Therefore, readers should be aware that this "Current" status will not continue indefinitely, but it is not possible to say at present how soon corrective action will be required.

E. MEXICO FAMILY-



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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications

Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change of status to E-1 or E-2 classification, or a qualifying employer can file Form I-129 on their behalf. Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age of E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrants, and employees who are al



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Monday, June 10, 2019

Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of USCIS

WASHINGTON— Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan today announced that Kenneth T. (Ken) Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective June 10, 2019.

Cuccinelli will lead an agency of 19,000 employees and contractors who are responsible for administering our nation’s lawful immigration system while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values. In fiscal year 2018 alone, USCIS adjudicated more than 8.7 million requests for immigration benefits.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at this critical time and ser



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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Cap Reached for Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019

USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 visas made available for returning workers under the H-2B numerical limit (also called a cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2019.

As previously announced, USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 8 under the temporary final rule increasing the cap by up to 30,000 additional H-2B nonimmigrant visas for returning workers through the end of FY 2019.

USCIS will reject and return any cap-subject petitions received after June 5, together with any accompanying filing fees.

USCIS will continue to accept H-2B petitions th



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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

On June 10, we will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting on that date, petitioners may file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center that is processing their petition.

On March 19, we announced that we would offer premium processing in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 cap season to best manage premium processing requests without fully suspending it. In the past few years, we suspended all premium processing for H-1B petitions due t



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Thursday, June 6, 2019

USCIS Assists in Conviction and Sentencing of Visa Fraud Perpetrator

ORLANDO, Fla.A federal court in Orlando sentenced Marvin Mushia Smith to 10 months’ imprisonment for visa fraud after a multi-year investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Orlando’s Homeland Security Investigation team (HSI) and various other U.S. federal agencies. Mushia Smith filed numerous visa requests of alleged “required” temporary nonagricultural workers, called the H-2B visa, between 2014 and 2018.

U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced Mushia Smith, 41 years of age. Smith had pleaded guilty on August 14, 2018, and was sentenced last Friday.

According to court documents, in April 2017,



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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

USCIS Updates Rejection Criteria for Form I-129

On August 5, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of Form I-129.

USCIS currently rejects Form I-129 for several reasons. These include, but are not limited to, lack of signature, incorrect fees, or unauthorized third party signing on behalf of the petitioner. 

DHS regulations require every form to be submitted in accordance with the form instructions, and allow USCIS to reject any benefit request that is not filed in compliance with the regulations governing the specific benefit reque



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Sunday, June 2, 2019

USCIS Releases 2018 Statistical Annual Report

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today released the Fiscal Year 2018 Statistical Annual Report (PDF, 4.48 MB), which provides statistical information on the most popular and widely-used benefits and programs administered by the agency. The report also provides insight into the nature and scope of USCIS’ work, which involves adjudicating millions of applications and petitions for immigration benefits annually. 

“The 2018 USCIS Statistical Annual Report re



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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a widespread system maintenance on Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Eastern).

During this time you may experience technical difficulties and many of 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
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS Online Account 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Friday, May 24, 2019

Certain Nonimmigrants Can Now File Form I-539 Online

You may file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online if you are applying as a single applicant (without co-applicants, or legal or accredited representation) to extend your stay and you hold status as a:

  • B-1 temporary visitor for business;
  • B-2 temporary visitor for pleasure;
  • F-1 academic student with a specific status expiration date;
  • F-2 spouse or child of an academic student with a specific expiration date;
  • M-1 vocational student; or
  • M-2 spouse or child of an M-1 student.

Filing online lets you:</stro



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Thursday, May 23, 2019

USCIS Accelerates Transition to Digital Immigration Processing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a new strategy known as eProcessing to accelerate USCIS’ transition to a digital business model. eProcessing will be a complete digital experience, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through receiving a decision on a case.

As a first step, certain visitors for business, visitors for pleasure, and vocational students can now apply online to extend their stay in the United States. Additional classifications are coming soon.

eProcessing connects previously separate technology systems within the agency to ultimately improve de



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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a widespread system maintenance on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 9 p.m. until midnight (Eastern).

During this time you may experience technical difficulties and many of 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
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS Online Account 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Texas Service Center to Begin Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions

On May 20, 2019, the Texas Service Center will begin processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions requesting:

  • A change in previously approved employment;
  • A change of employer;
  • Concurrent employment;
  • Amendments;
  • A continuation of previously approved employment without change with the same employer;
  • A change of status to H-1B; or
  • Notification to a U.S. Consulate or inspection facility (port of entry or pre-flight inspection).

This does not include H-1B petitions for cap-exempt entities, petitions that are cap-exempt based on a Co



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Sunday, May 19, 2019

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. As in previous years, we will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that we did not select and will issue an announcement once we are done notifying petitioners. Due to the volume of filings, we cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions. We ask petitioners to wait to inquire about the status of their cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition that we have returned.

Additionally, we may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap-subject petitions between the



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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Five Individuals Involved in Marriage Fraud Scheme Plead Guilty

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that five individuals have pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to charges related to their participation in fraudulent marriages so that non-U.S. citizens would receive U.S. immigration benefits.  The fifth defendant pleaded guilty this afternoon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, four of the defendants are U.S. citizens who entered into one or more fraudulent marriages with non-citizens, and sponsored each non-citizen’s fraudulent application for lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) status, also known as a “green card.”  A fifth defendan



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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Visa Bulletin July 2019 Predictions

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

Please see July 2019 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
F122MAR1215MAR1215MAR1222AUG9701AUG07
F2AC22AUG1722AUG1708AUG1722AUG17
F2B15JUL1315JUL1315JUL1315APR9808DEC07
F315JAN0715JAN0715JAN0701MAR9601APR97
F415MAY0615MAY0601SEP0401MAR9815AUG97
"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
F101NOV1201NOV1201NOV1222NOV9908JUN08
F2AC22APR1922APR1922APR1922APR19
F2B01NOV1401NOV1401NOV1401FEB9922JUL08
F322SEP0722SEP0722SEP0701SEP0015JAN98
F422JAN0722JAN0722APR0515DEC9815MAY98



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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hudson County Woman Convicted at Trial of Compelled Labor of Sri Lankan Woman for over Nine Years

NEWARK, N.J. - A Hudson County, New Jersey, woman was convicted last week on charges of forced labor, alien harboring for financial gain, and marriage fraud, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey.

Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, aka “Alia Al Qaternah,” 43, was found guilty on all counts of the indictment against her following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning the guilty verdict.

“The defendant took advantage of the victim for years, forcing her to live in terrible conditions, work wit



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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

June 2019 Visa Bulletin Analysis

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

Please see below analysis of June 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+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 DaysNo Change+1 Month 7 Days
F2A+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months
F2B+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+3 Months 14 Days+1 Month+1 Month 14 Days
F3+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+7 Days+3 Months 24 Days
F4+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+14 DaysNo Change+3 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
F1+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+7 Days+7 Days
F2A+1 Year 2 Months+1 Year 2 Months+1 Year 2 Months+1 Year 2 Months+1 Year 2 Months
F2B+7 Days+7 Days+7 Days+2 Months 14 Days+1 Month 17 Days
F3+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+9 Days+1 Month
F4+2 Months+2 Months+1 Month+9 Days+14 Days



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June 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

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

June 2019 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from June 1 to June 30 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 15FEB12
15FEB12 15FEB12 08AUG97 22JUN07
F2A 15JUL17 15JUL17 15JUL17 01JUL17 15JUL17
F2B 15MAY13 15MAY13 15MAY13 15MAR98 15NOV07
F3 22DEC06 22DEC06 22DEC06 22FEB96  01FEB97
F4 01APR06 01APR06 15AUG04 08FEB98 01JUN97
"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 08OCT12 08OCT12 08OCT12 15OCT99 22APR08
F2A 08MAR19 08MAR19 08MAR19 08MAR19 08MAR19
F2B 08AUG14 08AUG14 08AUG14 15DEC98 01JUL08
F3 22AUG07 22AUG07 22AUG07 01JUL00 01NOV97
F4 01DEC06 01DEC06 15APR05 01DEC98 01MAR98



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Nearly 100 Charged in Massive Marriage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – A total of 50 people are now in custody following the return of a 206-count indictment alleging varying roles in a large-scale marriage fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and District Director Tony Bryson of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The federal grand jury returned the massive indictment April 30, 2019, charging 96 individuals. To date, law enforcement has taken 50 into custody. Of those, nine are set to appear for a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson at 10:00 a.m. today.

The indictment remains sealed as to



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June 2019 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official June 2019 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-june-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. INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY

Despite the final action date for this country having been held for the past three months, there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for Employment First preference (E1) numbers, primarily for USCIS adjustment of status applicants. This situation has resulted in the retrogression of this final action date for the month of June in an effort to limit future number use.

Such action will only be temporary with the E1 date for India returning to at least February 22, 2017 for October, the first month of fiscal year 2020.

E. EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIFTH PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY

India: Continued heavy applicant demand is expected to result in the India Employment Fifth preference (E5) category approaching the per-country annual limit during July. This is like



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Monday, May 13, 2019

USCIS Names New Deputy Director

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it has selected Mark Koumans as the agency’s next Deputy Director, and he will start his new duties on Monday, May 13.

Koumans, a career federal employee, has served since September 2015 in a number of executive positions at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Koumans will replace Tracy Renaud who has served as the USCIS Acting Deputy Director since March 2018. Renaud will return to her previous position as the Associate Director of the Management Directorate.

Koumans previously served for eight years as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy. Prior to that, he was



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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct a widespread system maintenance on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.(Eastern).

During this time you may experience technical difficulties and many of 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
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS Online Account 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Saturday, May 11, 2019

USCIS Clarifies the Period of Authorized Stay for P-1S Essential Support Personnel of Individual Athletes

USCIS has updated the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) (PDF, 224 KB) to emphasize that, under current regulations, the periods of initial authorized stay are different for individual athletes (P-1A) and their essential support personnel (P-1S). The P-1S classification is for “Essential Support Personnel” who are an integral part of the performance of a P-1 nonimmigrant, and who perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker.

Under existing DHS regulations, P-1A individual athletes have an initial period of authorized sta



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