USCIS Announces Update on Green Card and Employment Authorization Documents

On January 30, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new designs for Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that will increase the security of these documents. Modern technology is used in the new Green ...

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A New Immigrant Investor Form Published by USCIS

USCIS published a new form, Form I-956K, Registration for Direct and Third-Party Promoters, within the past month. The released form results from the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 which mandates direct and third-party promoters to register wi...

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Latest Update on Future Expansion for F-1 Students and the Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

The last stage of the premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under EB-1 and EB-2 classifications, is being implemented by USCIS. This phase of the expansion is different from previous phases in that it appl...

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Recent Update by USCIS on Available Options for Nonimmigrant Workers Subsequent to Termination of Employment

USCIS released an information note on available options for nonimmigrant workers whose employment relationship with their workplace has been terminated, irrespective of being voluntarily or involuntarily. That is, USCIS summarized these options in re...

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USCIS Announces a Trial for Naturalization Test Updates

According to a recent notice of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS will carry out a trial for updates to the current naturalization test. The naturalization test consists of the following components: reading, writing, civics, and Englis...

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Policy Update by USCIS to Extend Green Cards for Applicants of Naturalization Automatically

USCIS is updating its Policy Manual, which will automatically extend the validity of Green Cards for those who possess lawful permanent resident (LPR) status and have applied for citizenship by naturalization....

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Online Filing for Affirmative Asylum Applications is Available Now

Over 8.8 million requests for immigration benefits and other requests were submitted to USCIS in 2021. The aggregate number of forms filed electronically has dramatically grown since the introduction of online filing in 2017. Online applications, pet...

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Policy Guidance Issued by USCIS on the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022

USCIS has issued policy guidance related to an EB-5 modernization rule on immigrant investors that a federal court set aside on June 22, 2021. The most prominent highlights in the guidance are as follows:...

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DHS Publishes Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently announced a final rule to clarify the public charge inadmissibility aiming to reduce fear and confusion among both immigrants and U.S. citizens. The rule aims to ensure fair and consistent a...

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USCIS Announces Update on O-1 Petitions Guidance with a Focus on STEM Fields

With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently updated its Policy Manual to offer further advice on the types of evidence that can be used to support...

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