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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