Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Update to Filing Location for Form I-918 and Form I-485 for Applicants Filing Based on U Nonimmigrant Status

Starting June 29, 2020, petitioners residing in certain states must file the following forms at the Nebraska Service Center, instead of the Vermont Service Center:
Petitioners should determine which service center they should send these and related forms (such as Form I-192 and Form I-765) based on their state of residence. Please refer to the “Where to File” section on the Form I-918 webpage to determine the correct filing location.



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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Deputy Director for Policy Statement on USCIS’ Fiscal Outlook

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following statement on the agency’s fiscal outlook due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are long reaching and pervasive, leaving few unscathed in its wake. USCIS is still experiencing those very effects, which began with an alarming drop in applications at the end of March. Forecasts predict a crippling budget shortfall that requires assistance from Congress to allow USCIS to maintain current operations.



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Monday, July 6, 2020

Texas Service Center Moving to New Address on June 26

On June 26, the Texas Service Center will move to a new address. Although the move is scheduled for June 26, USCIS cannot accept mail at the new address until Monday, June 29. The new facility will help streamline processes by consolidating operations in the new location.

The Texas Service Center will continue to provide prompt and efficient service in processing requests for immigration benefits.



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Sunday, July 5, 2020

USCIS Rule Strengthens Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylum Seekers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a regulatory change to deter aliens from illegally entering the United States and from filing frivolous, fraudulent, or otherwise non-meritorious claims for asylum to obtain an employment authorization document. This rule does not alter asylum eligibility criteria in any way and will be effective on Aug. 25.

This rule stems from the April 29, 2019, Presidential Memorandum on Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System, which emphasizes that it is the policy of the United States to manage humanitarian immigration programs in a safe and orderly manner, and to promptly deny benefits to those who do not qualify.



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Saturday, July 4, 2020

USCIS Statement on Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

Today’s court opinion has no basis in law and merely delays the President’s lawful ability to end the illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty program.



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Friday, July 3, 2020

USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Hosting Naturalization Ceremonies Across the Country

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our great country by hosting naturalization ceremonies across the United States from July 1 through July 7. Despite the pandemic, USCIS continues to welcome new citizens, demonstrating American resiliency and the importance of our independence.

USCIS began to conduct limited naturalization ceremonies in May and began to fully resume ceremonies in early June, after temporarily pausing in-person services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The ceremonies have been shorter to limit exposure to those in attendance, incorporating social distancing and other safety precautions that protect the health and safety of applicants and USCIS staff. USCIS has naturalized approximately 64,500 new citizens over the past month and anticipates completing nearly all postponed administrative naturalization ceremonies by the end of July.



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Thursday, July 2, 2020

USCIS Provides Greater Flexibility in Processing Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a regulatory change to provide greater flexibility in the processing of initial employment authorization documents (commonly called EADs) for asylum applicants by removing the burdensome and agency-imposed 30-day time frame. The final rule becomes effective on Aug. 21.

This change provides USCIS sufficient time to receive, screen and process applications and to address national security and fraud concerns, maintain technological advances in identity verification and further deter those who may attempt to defraud the legal immigration system. It also gives the agency flexibility to shift limited adjudicator resources as needed. In the past, the agency has been forced to divert resources away from other types of benefit requests to meet the 30-day time frame.



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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

USCIS Extends Transitional Parole for Certain Aliens Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

USCIS announced today that it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain aliens present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This specific extension of parole will apply only to current parolees whose parole status will expire on June 29, 2020.

To ensure that all eligible aliens, including parolees, will have the full opportunity to apply for CNMI long-term resident status without interruption to their parole status, USCIS will automatically extend parole (and employment authorization, if applicable) for these aliens without interruption through Aug. 17, 2020.

The CNMI long-term resident status was created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act (Public Law 116-24), signed into law on June 25, 2019. The new law specifically gave the Department of Homeland Security the discretion to authorize parole, with work authorization, for these aliens during the time period needed to implement the new law.



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Thursday, June 25, 2020

USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-129CW on June 18

On May 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published an interim final rule (IFR) implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018. The IFR will take effect on June 18, 2020, and it includes a revised Form I-129CW, Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Worker, and instructions.

USCIS will publish the revised Form I-129CW on uscis.gov on or before June 18. Starting June 18, USCIS



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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Trump Expected To Suspend H-1B, Other Visas Until End Of Year

President Trump is expected to sign an order to suspend H-1B, L-1 and other temporary work visas through the end of the year, according to the multiple sources familiar with the plan.

The new order — which is expected to come with broad exceptions — comes as the administration continues to wrestle with high unemployment among American workers because of the coronavirus pandemic and tries to kick-start the economic recovery.

The order would target H-1B visas, which are designed for certain skilled workers such as those employed in the tech industry, as well as L-1 visas, which are meant for executives who work for large corporations.

The executive action is also expected to suspend H-2B visas for seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff, and J-1 visas, which are meant for research scholars and professors and other cultural and work-exchange programs. Trump could renew the suspensions when they lapse. The order is not expected to immediately affect anyone already in the United States.

"No matter how you slice it, this is shaping up to be a big win for American workers at a critical time," said RJ Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for lower levels of immigration. FAIR had called on Trump to suspend guest worker visas.

"We have some concern over potential abuse of broadly written exceptions, but there is still time for that to be addressed, both now and during implementation," Hauman said.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the plans. If signed, it would be the latest restriction on immigration imposed by the Trump administration since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
In May, Trump issued a temporary halt on new green cards but stopped short of suspending guest worker programs amid concerns from the business community.

Negotiations are ongoing in the latest order over various exceptions, including whether au pairs should be included, and changes could still occur before Trump signs the measure, which could happen imminently. But plans for the order have already raised significant concerns among business and industry groups, as well as universities who depend on foreign workers and scholars.

"The ban on H-1B visas, which are often used to fill very niche positions that are not easily found in the American workforce, will ultimately prove to be counterproductive and is an example of using a nuclear bomb to address a bar fight," said Leon Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration who now represents H-1B workers.

The order does include many exceptions.

It does not apply to H-2A agriculture workers who Trump says are necessary to ensure grocery store shelves remain stocked with fruits and vegetables. Health care workers involved in treating coronavirus patients would also be exempt.

The order would make broad exceptions for travel in the national interest, including in the areas of economics, public health and national security. The U.S. State Department will review and approve these applications on a case-by-case basis.

In 2018, the Trump administration first tightened rules for companies that contract out high-skilled workers who are in this country on H-1B visas. The visas themselves have become controversial. U.S. companies use them to hire highly skilled foreign workers in situations in which they say there is a shortage of U.S.-born talent.

The visas are good for three years and renewable for another three-year term. Critics of the visas — 85,000 of which are issued every year — say American workers are aced out of competition with workers who can be paid less.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

July 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For July 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-july-2020.aspx

Please see below analysis of July 2020 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 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+23 Days+4 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+21 Days+4 Months
F3+23 Days+23 Days+23 Days+16 Days+4 Months
F4+14 Days+14 Days+17 Days+24 Days+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+2 Months 7 Days+2 Months 7 Days+2 Months 7 Days+17 Days+5 Months 7 Days
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+2 Months+2 Months+2 Months+23 Days+3 Months
F3+1 Month+1 Month+1 MonthNo Change+5 Months 7 Days
F4+15 Days+15 Days+21 Days+1 Month+4 Months 7 Days



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July 2020 Visa Bulletin

For June 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-june-2020.aspx

For analysis of July 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-july-2020.aspx

July 2020 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 08JUL14
08JUL14 08JUL14 08DEC97 01JUN11
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01MAY15 01MAY15 01MAY15 08MAR99 01JAN11
F3 08MAY08 08MAY08 08MAY08 08JUL96 15AUG01
F4 22AUG06 22AUG06 08FEB05 01JUN98 01JUN01
"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 22APR15 22APR15 22APR15 08JAN00 08FEB12
F2A 01JUN20 01JUN20 01JUN20 01JUN20 01JUN20
F2B 01FEB16 01FEB16 01FEB16 15OCT99 01AUG11
F3 15APR09 15APR09 15APR09 15JUL00 22APR02
F4 15AUG07 15AUG07 22OCT05 08MAR99 08JAN02



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July 2020 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official July 2020 Visa Bulletin and Analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-july-2020.aspx

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

D. FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON VISA PROCESSING AT U.S. EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PLEASE VISIT THE BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS WEBSITE AT TRAVEL.STATE.GOV

E. VISA AVAILABILITY



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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Military Personnel and Veterans Can Now File Their Form N-400, Naturalization Application, Online

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online.  

Online filing allows aliens to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case and receive notices from USCIS. USCIS is using innovation and technology to meet the needs of applicants, petitioners, and employees. Regardless of the



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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Saturday, May 2, at 11:00 p.m. through Sunday, May 3, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern.

During this time frame, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Friday, May 1, 2020

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date:

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decisio



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Saturday, April 25, 2020

USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are closed.

While offices are temporarily closed, USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency in-person services. Please call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants



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Friday, April 24, 2020

USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it is updating its Policy Manual (PDF, 307 KB) to align with the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) precedent decision in Matter of Zhang. Decided in June 2019, the BIA held in this decision that false claims of U.S. citizenship do not need to be knowingly made to make an alien deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The<a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.go



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May 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For May 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-may-2020.aspx

Please see below analysis of May 2020 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 21 Days+2 Months 21 Days+2 Months 21 Days+1 Month+6 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+4 Months
F3+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month 14 Days+1 Month+6 Months
F4+21 Days+21 Days+17 Days+1 Month+5 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 21 Days+2 Months 21 Days+2 Months 21 Days+7 Days+7 Months
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+2 Months 21 Days+2 Months 21 Days+2 Months 21 Days+1 Month 7 Days+4 Months
F3+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 Days+2 Months 14 DaysNo Change+7 Months 7 Days
F4+3 Days+3 Days+17 Days+7 Days+5 Months



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May 2020 Visa Bulletin

For April 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-april-2020.aspx

For analysis of May 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-may-2020.aspx

May 2020 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from May 1 to May 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 22MAR14
22MAR14 22MAR14 22OCT97 01SEP10
F2A C C C C C
F2B 15JAN15 15JAN15 15JAN15 15JAN99 01JUN10
F3 15MAR08 15MAR08 15MAR08 08JUN96 15NOV00
F4 22JUL06 22JUL06 08JAN05 15APR98 01OCT00
"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 22NOV14 22NOV14 22NOV14 08DEC99 01JUN11
F2A 01MAR20 01MAR20 01MAR20 01MAR20 01MAR20
F2B 22SEP15 22SEP15 22SEP15 08SEP99 01FEB11
F3 15DEC08 15DEC08 15DEC08 15JUL00 22AUG01
F4 28JUL07 28JUL07 08SEP05 22JAN99 01JUN01



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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, April 22, at 11:59 p.m. through Thursday, April 23, at 3:00 a.m. Eastern.

During this time frame, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Friday, April 17, 2020

DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply

WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. These temporary flexibilities will not weaken or eliminate protections for U.S. workers.

Under this temporary final rule, an H-2A petitioner with a valid temporary labor certification who is concerned that workers will be unable to enter the country due to travel restrictions can start employing certain foreign workers who ar



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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, April 15, at 11:59 p.m. through Thursday, April 16, at 3:00 a.m. Eastern.

During this time frame, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to carefully analyze these issues and to leverage our resources to effectively address these challenges within our existing authorities. DHS also continues to take action to protect the American people and our communities, and is considering a number of policies and procedures to improve the employment opportunities of U.S. workers during this pandemic.

Generally, nonimmigrants must depart the United States before their authorized period of admission expires. However, we recognize that nonimmigrants may unexpectedly remain in the United States beyond their authorized period of



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Friday, April 3, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, April 2, at 11:59 p.m. through Friday, April 3, at 3:00 a.m. (EST).

During this time frame, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconve



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Thursday, April 2, 2020

FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration.

A petitioner is only eligible to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition if they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration process and USCIS selected the registration submitted for the beneficiary through the random selection process.

The H-1B electronic registration process was well-received by users, who provided a high satisfaction score with the system. Nearly 275,000 unique registrations were submitted duri



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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public. 

USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency ser



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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics.

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18 closure or has filed an I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics.  This will remain in effect until ASCs are open for appointments to



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Monday, March 30, 2020

USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it adopted measures to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). This alert clarifies that this flexibility also applies to certain Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) and Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) regional investment centers, as well as certain filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date:

This flexibility applies to an RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT or appealable decision within AAO jurisdiction and the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decisio



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Sunday, March 29, 2020

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted. We intend to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.

Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each registration (that is, for each beneficiary registered):

  • Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. “Submitted” registrations


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Saturday, March 28, 2020

USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.   

For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set for



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Friday, March 27, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Friday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m. through Saturday, March 28, at 3:00 a.m. (EST).

During this time frame, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

USCIS Temporarily Closes Rome and Nairobi Offices to the Public

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it has temporarily closed its offices in Rome, Italy, and Nairobi, Kenya, to the public, due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In February, USCIS announced the temporarily suspension of services at its offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China.

USCIS will post updates on the office pages when the offices are scheduled to reopen. 

USCIS will reschedule all appointments and will continue to respond to email inquiries. Please visit the “Contact Us” sections on our Nairobi and <a target='_blank' href="https:



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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Friday, March 20, at 11:59 p.m. through Saturday, March 21, at 3:00 a.m. (EST).

During this time frame, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may



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Monday, March 23, 2020

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Alert: While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite their petition if it meets the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet at least one of the expedite criteria. All expedite requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and requests granted at the discretion of USCIS office leadership.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premi



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Sunday, March 22, 2020

USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.

USCIS already accepts various petitions, applications and other documents bearing an electronically reproduced original signature. This means that a document may be scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced provided that the copy must be of an original document containing an original handwritten signature, unless otherwise specified.<a target='_blank' href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1"



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Saturday, March 21, 2020

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will not accept any new requests for premium processing. USCIS will process any petition with a previously accepted Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, in accordance with the premium processing service criteria. However, we will not be able to send notices using pre-paid envelopes. We will only send batch-printed notices. Petitioners who have already filed a <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.



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Friday, March 20, 2020

Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Period Closes March 20

The initial registration period for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B numerical allocations will close at noon Eastern on March 20. Registrations must be properly submitted before noon Eastern on March 20 to be considered in the initial selection process.

If USCIS receives enough registrations during the initial registration period, we will randomly select the number of registrations we project are needed to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations and send selection notifications via users’ online accounts. We intend to notify registrants with selected registrations from the initial registration period no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selecte



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Visa Bulletin May 2020 Predictions

For official April 2020 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-april-2020.aspx

Please see May 2020 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
F108MAR1408MAR1408MAR1408OCT9701JUN10
F2ACCCCC
F2B01JAN1501JAN1501JAN1501JAN9922APR10
F315MAR0815MAR0815MAR0815MAY9608SEP00
F415JUL0615JUL0601JAN0508APR9815AUG00
"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
F108NOV1408NOV1408NOV1415DEC9922JAN11
F2A08APR2008APR2008APR2008APR2008APR20
F2B01AUG1501AUG1501AUG1501SEP9915DEC10
F315NOV0815NOV0815NOV0822JUL0001MAY01
F422AUG0722AUG0708SEP0508FEB9908APR01



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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, March 18, at 11:59 p.m. until Thursday, March 19, at 3:00 am, (EST).

During this timeframe, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

USCIS Temporarily Closing Offices to the Public March 18-April 1

Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This suspension of services will be effective until at least April 1. In the meantime, USCIS will provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatica



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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Petitioners filing FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions will not be able to request premium processing when USCIS begins accepting cap-subject petitions on April 1. Until premium processing resumes for FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions, USCIS will reject any Form I-907 concurrently filed with a cap-subject H-1B Form I-129.

As USCIS has done in the past, premium processing will resume in a two-phased approach during the FY 2021 cap season so that USCIS can best manage premium processing requests. The first phase will include FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those



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Friday, March 13, 2020

April 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For April 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-april-2020.aspx

Please see below analysis of April 2020 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 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days+2 Months 24 Days+7 Days+6 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+1 Month 16 Days+1 Month 16 Days+1 Month 16 Days+1 Month 17 Days+4 Months
F3+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month+7 Months 14 Days
F4No ChangeNo Change+14 Days+1 Month+5 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 23 Days+2 Months 23 Days+2 Months 23 Days+9 Days+6 Months
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 9 Days+4 Months
F3+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 DaysNo Change+7 Months 14 Days
F4+3 Days+3 Days+14 Days+7 Days+6 Months



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April 2020 Visa Bulletin

For March 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-march-2020.aspx

For analysis of April 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-april-2020.aspx

April 2020 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from April 1 to April 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 01JAN14
01JAN14 01JAN14 22SEP97 01MAR10
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01NOV14 01NOV14 01NOV14 01DEC98 01FEB10
F3 01FEB08 01FEB08 01FEB08 08MAY96 15MAY00
F4 01JUL06 01JUL06 22DEC04 15MAR98 01MAY00
"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 01SEP14 01SEP14 01SEP14 01DEC99 01NOV10
F2A 01FEB20 01FEB20 01FEB20 01FEB20 01FEB20
F2B 01JUL15 01JUL15 01JUL15 01AUG99 01OCT10
F3 01OCT08 01OCT08 01OCT08 15JUL00 15JAN01
F4 25JUL07 25JUL07 22AUG05 15JAN99 01JAN01



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April 2020 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official April 2020 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-april-2020.aspx

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

D. DIVERSITY VISA (DV) AVAILABILTY IN THE COMING MONTHS



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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, March 12, at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, March 13, at 3:00 am, (EST).

During this timeframe, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Aliens with TPS under Somalia’s Designation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 17, 2021, must re-register between March 11, 2020 and May 11, 2020.

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

All applicants must submit Form I-821, Applica



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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Tuesday, March 10, at 11:59 p.m. until Wednesday, March 11, at 3:00 am, (EST).

During this timeframe, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

USCIS Publishes Federal Register Notices Announcing H-2A and H-2B Petitions Must Include Printed Copy of Electronic Final Determination Form

On March 5, 2020, USCIS published two Federal Register notices regarding the submission of final determination forms with H-2A and H-2B petitions. The notices, one for H-2A and one for H-2B, announce that petitioners must submit a printed copy of the electronic final determination form granting temporary labor certification (TLC) under the H-2A or H-2B programs thro



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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, March 5th at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, March 6th at 3:00 a.m. (EST).

During this timeframe, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

<spa



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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

USCIS Launches New Online Form for Reporting Fraud

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today launched a new online tip form to help the public provide the agency with information about immigration fraud. The new online form, available on the USCIS public website, prompts the form user for the information that the USCIS’ fraud investigators need to investigate allegations of immigration benefit fraud or abuse.

“Safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system is top priority for the Trump administration and is central to the agency’s mission,” said Joseph Edlow, the USCIS deputy director for policy. “One way we protect our im



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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Aliens with TPS under Yemen’s Designation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Yemen’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 3, 2021, must re-register between March 2, 2020 and May 1, 2020.

Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been published in the Federal Register (PDF) and are available at <a target



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Monday, March 2, 2020

Initial H-1B Registration Period Opens at Noon Eastern on March 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 20. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out prospective petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registrations.

A confirmation number will be assigned to each registration submitted for the FY 2021 H-1B cap. This n



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Sunday, March 1, 2020

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

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published an updated policy memorandum (PDF, 580 KB) (PM) that requires requests for temporary foreign workers for range sheep or goat herding or production to be subject to the same requirements as other temporary agricultural workers.

On Nov. 14, 2019, USCIS issued the “Temporary or Seasonal Need for H-2A Petitions Seeking Workers for Range Sheep and/or Goat Herding or Production” <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-publishes-guidance-h-2a-petitions-shee



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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, February 27th at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, February 28th at 3:00 a.m. (EST).

During this timeframe, 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 Case Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS online account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Friday, February 28, 2020

H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2020. Feb. 18, 2020, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2020. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Feb. 18 that request an employment start date before Oct. 1.

On Feb. 18, the number of beneficiaries for whom USCIS received petitions surpassed the total number of remaining H-2B visas available for the H-2B cap for the secon



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Thursday, February 27, 2020

USCIS Clarifies Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization

USCIS today announced an update to the USCIS Policy Manual to align USCIS practice with congressional intent and existing regulations by clarifying requirements surrounding naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States. This update concerns absences of more than six months but less than one year during the statutorily required continuous residence period.

This update clarifies the following requirements for naturalization:

  • An applicant who has been absent from the United States for more than six months but less than a year must overcome the presumption that they have broken the continuity of their residence in the Unite


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Monday, February 24, 2020

DHS Implements Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. Under the final rule, DHS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien’s age, health, family status, assets, resources, and financial status, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. The rule now applies nationwide, including in Illin



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Sunday, February 23, 2020

DHS to Implement Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule Nationwide

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) on Feb. 24, 2020 nationwide, including in Illinois, following another judicial victory lifting the injunction in that state.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 21, 2020 decision to stay the statewide injunction preventing implementation of the Final Rule issued by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, USCIS will now apply the Final Rule to all applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (e.g., UPS/F



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Saturday, February 22, 2020

USCIS Announces H-1B Registration Account Creation

On Dec. 6, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that we would implement the electronic registration process for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap. Prospective petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those filing for beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register with USCIS.

Submitting an H-1B registration requires a USCIS online account. The appropriate type depends on the submitter’s role:

  • Representatives will use the same type of representative account that is already available and may use an existing account.
  • Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

USCIS Opens Application Period for New Status for Long-Term Residents of CNMI

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the application period for those seeking the new Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) long-term resident status will open on February 19, 2020. 

Eligible aliens will have 180 days to apply for the new status, which was created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act (48 U.S.C. 1806(e)(6)), signed by President Trump on June 25, 2019. Applicants must file Form I-955, Application for CNMI Long-Term Resident Status, together with Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, by August 17, 2020. CNMI long-term r



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Visa Bulletin April 2020 Predictions

For official March 2020 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-march-2020.aspx

Please see April 2020 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
F108DEC1308DEC1308DEC1301OCT9722NOV09
F2ACCCCC
F2B15NOV1415NOV1415NOV1415NOV9808DEC09
F322JAN0822JAN0822JAN0815APR9622JAN00
F415JUL0615JUL0622DEC0408MAR9801APR00
"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
F108AUG1408AUG1408AUG1408DEC9908JUL10
F2A08MAR2008MAR2008MAR2008MAR2008MAR20
F2B15JUN1515JUN1515JUN1522JUL9915AUG10
F301OCT0801OCT0801OCT0822JUL0001SEP00
F422AUG0722AUG0722AUG0501FEB9922SEP00



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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

USCIS Accepting Petitions Under the CNMI Disaster Recovery Workforce Act

USCIS is accepting CW-1 petitions filed under the Disaster Recovery Act. If you want us to consider your case under the Disaster Recovery Act, you should submit Form I-129CW, Petition for a CNMI-Only Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker, along with a cover sheet stating CNMI Disaster Recovery Workforce Act Eligible” in large, bold letters, and evidence to show that a worker:

  • Is performing service or labor under a contract or subcontract for construction, repairs, renovations or facility services directly connected to, or associated with recovery from a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency (as those terms are defined in section 102 of the Robert


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

March 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For March 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-march-2020.aspx

Please see below analysis of March 2020 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 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+1 Month 17 Days+24 Days+5 Months
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+24 Days+24 Days+24 Days+1 Month+5 Months
F3+23 Days+23 Days+23 Days+17 Days+5 Months
F4No ChangeNo Change+16 Days+1 Month+5 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 17 Days+2 Months 17 Days+2 Months 17 Days+7 Days+7 Months
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+23 Days+23 Days+23 Days+1 Month 7 Days+7 Months
F3+24 Days+24 Days+24 DaysNo Change+7 Months
F4No ChangeNo Change+17 Days+7 Days+6 Months



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March 2020 Visa Bulletin

For February 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-february-2020.aspx

For analysis of March 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-march-2020.aspx

March 2020 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from March 1 to March 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 08OCT13
08OCT13 08OCT13 15SEP97 01SEP09
F2A C C C C C
F2B 15SEP14 15SEP14 15SEP14 15OCT98 01OCT09
F3 15DEC07 15DEC07 15DEC07 08APR96 01OCT99
F4 01JUL06 01JUL06 08DEC04 15FEB98 01DEC99
"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 08JUN14 08JUN14 08JUN14 22NOV99 01MAY10
F2A 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20
F2B 15MAY15 15MAY15 15MAY15 22JUN99 01JUN10
F3 15AUG08 15AUG08 15AUG08 15JUL00 01JUN00
F4 22JUL07 22JUL07 08AUG05 08JAN99 01JUL00



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March 2020 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official March 2020 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-march-2020.aspx

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

D. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE WORLDWIDE, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, AND PHILIPPINES EMPLOYMENT-BASED THIRD AND THIRD OTHER WORKER PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

As readers were advised in item E of the February Visa Bulletin, there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for Employment Third (E3) and Third Other Worker (EW) numbers, primarily for USCIS adjustment of status applicants. Therefore, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, it has been necessary to impose E3 and EW final action dates for the month of March.

The March final action date is 01JAN17 and is being imposed immediately for all future requests for numbers. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under these FY 2020 annual limits. No forward movement of this date is expected in the foreseeable future.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Pre-Paid Mailer Suspension

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will not use pre-paid mailers to send out any communication or final notices for fiscal year 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those requesting consideration under the advanced degree exemption.



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Saturday, February 8, 2020

USCIS Supports Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Feb. 6 is designated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. In support of this important issue, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) joins other U.S. government agencies and the international community in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C).   

FGM/C is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for no medical reason. The practice has no medical benefit. It is a human rights violation and a crime under federal law. When committed against children, it is a form of child abuse. The U.S. government opposes&



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Friday, February 7, 2020

USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus

USCIS is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak on agency operations.

Office Closures in China

According to U.S. Department of State guidance, USCIS is temporarily closing its field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou. We will reschedule all affected appointments and will send new appointment notices to applicants.

Check our Beijing and Guangzhou webpages for updates on the status of these offic



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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Public Charge Inadmissibility Final Rule: Revised Forms and Updated Policy Manual Guidance

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published revised forms consistent with the final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including USCIS, will implement on Feb. 24, 2020. Beginning Feb. 24, 2020, applicants and petitioners must use new editions of the following forms below (except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court): 



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Sunday, February 2, 2020

USCIS Updates Process for Accepting Petitions for Relatives Abroad

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, as part of the adjustment of its international footprint to increase efficiencies, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, will only be processed domestically by USCIS or internationally by the Department of State in certain circumstances beginning Feb 1, 2020.  

DOS will assume responsibility for certain services previously provided at USCIS international offices, services th



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Saturday, February 1, 2020

USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) on Feb. 24, 2020, except for in the State of Illinois where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. Under the Final Rule, USCIS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien’s age, health, income, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge.

The Final Rule, issued in August and originally scheduled to be effective in October, prescribes how DHS would determine whether an alien is inadmiss



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Friday, January 31, 2020

USCIS Issues Updates to Biometrics Collection Guidance

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updates to its Policy Manual that address mobile biometrics services and fingerprint waivers.

USCIS requires biometrics from individuals who submit applications, petitions, and requests for certain immigration benefits. USCIS uses biometrics to verify identity, produce secure documents, and conduct required criminal and national security background checks. 

Mobile Biometrics Services

Generally, individuals have their biometrics collected by appointment at an Applicant Support Center (ASC). In limited cases, at the discretion of the agency, U



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Thursday, January 30, 2020

USCIS Adjusts Process for Managing EB-5 Visa Petition Inventory

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a process change for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor, from a first-in, first-out basis to a visa availability approach.

This new operational approach aligns with other visa-availability agency adjudications processes, is more consistent with congressional intent for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, and increases fairness in the administration of the program.

“Changing our approach from a first-in, first-out adjudication process to one that prioritizes petitions connected to individuals from countries where visas are currently available better aligns the EB-5 program with congressional intent and makes it mo



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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, January 29th at 11:59 p.m. until Thursday, January 30th at 3:00 a.m. (EST).

During this timeframe, 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
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS Online Account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

DHS Obtains Another Judicial Victory on Implementing Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security obtained a pivotal judicial victory today after the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a nationwide injunction that prevented the agency from enforcing its regulatory interpretation of section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a long-standing law that makes an alien inadmissible if the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge.

The high court granted DHS’s motion for a stay of the preliminary injunction issued by a single judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and recently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“DHS has always been confident that an objective judi



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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Treaty Termination Ends Certain Visa Eligibility for Iranian Nationals

USCIS today announced (PDF) that, due to the Oct. 3, 2018, termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor changes or extensions of status based on the treaty.

The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visa classifications allow an alien of a treaty country to be admitted to the United States for the purposes of engaging in international trade or investing a substantial amount of capital into a U.S. business.

E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visas are based on trade and investment treaties or specific legisla



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Monday, January 20, 2020

Visa Bulletin March 2020 Predictions

For official February 2020 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-february-2020.aspx

Please see March 2020 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
F122OCT1322OCT1322OCT1308SEP9708JUN09
F2ACCCCC
F2B01NOV1401NOV1401NOV1415OCT9801JUL09
F301JAN0801JAN0801JAN0801APR9622AUG99
F401AUG0601AUG0601DEC0408FEB9822OCT99
"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
F122MAY1422MAY1422MAY1401DEC9922NOV09
F2A01FEB2001FEB2001FEB2001FEB2001FEB20
F2B22MAY1522MAY1522MAY1522JUN9901JAN10
F308SEP0808SEP0808SEP0822JUL0008JAN00
F401SEP0701SEP0708AUG0522JAN9908MAR00



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Saturday, January 18, 2020

USCIS Final FY 2019 Statistics Available

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final fiscal year (FY) 2019 agency statistics are now available online. These statistics include naturalizations, green cards, employment authorizations and protected populations, among other categories.  The agency’s FY 2019 asylum statistics are available <a target='_blank' href="https://www.uscis.gov/tools/reports-studies/immigration-forms-data?topic_id=20667&field_native_doc_i



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