USCIS News Releases
April 19th, 2021
DHS Seeks Public Input to Identify Barriers that Limit or Prevent Access to Immigration Benefits and Services The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comment from the public on how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can reduce barriers that prevent both U.S. and foreign citizens from obtaining access to the full assortment of legally available immigration services and benefits.
April 13th, 2021
Phony Immigration Attorney Who Filed Hundreds of Fraudulent Asylum Applications Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Federal Prison Senior U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington today sentenced Elvis Harold Reyes (56, Brandon, Florida) to 20 years and 9 months in federal prison for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme where he posed as an immigration attorney and filed hundreds of fraudulent asylum applications.
April 12th, 2021
F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online.
March 18th, 2021
USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification Effective March 18, USCIS has updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification based on the settlement agreement resulting from the Saravia v. Barr class action lawsuit.
March 18th, 2021
Registration period opens for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and re-designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 31, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022.
April 15th, 2021
Tools Outage USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, April 15, at 11:50 p.m. through Friday, April 16, at 3:30 a.m. Eastern.
April 1st, 2021
USCIS Confirms Elimination of “Blank Space” Criteria USCIS today confirmed that for all forms it has reverted to the form rejection criteria it applied before October 2019 regarding blank responses.
March 30th, 2021
FY 2022 H-1B Cap Season Updates USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap).
March 26th, 2021
Updated Guidance on P-1A Internationally Recognized Athletes Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced updated guidance for adjudicating requests for P-1A nonimmigrant classification for internationally recognized athletes.
March 24th, 2021
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, 2020