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USCIS News Releases


  • January 21st, 2022 USCIS Updates Guidance on National Interest Waivers U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updated guidance on adjudicating requests for “National Interest Waivers” regarding job offer and labor certification requirements for certain advanced degree professionals and individuals of exceptional ability.
  • December 20th, 2021 For First Time, DHS to Supplement H-2B Cap with Additional Visas in First Half of Fiscal Year The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 20,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
  • December 16th, 2021 USCIS Announces FY 2021 Accomplishments Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is releasing preliminary fiscal year (FY) 2021 agency statistics and accomplishments. These preliminary statistics highlight important immigration trends and illustrate the work accomplished by USCIS in FY 2021. The agency will publish final, verified FY 2021 statistics in January 2022. 
  • November 8th, 2021 DHS Announces Fee Exemptions, Streamlined Processing for Afghan Nationals as They Resettle in the U.S. Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for humanitarian reasons on or after July 30, 2021.
  • November 8th, 2021 USCIS Commemorates Veterans Day with Special Naturalization Ceremonies U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will honor Veterans Day this year by holding more than 90 ceremonies naturalizing more than 4,440 current and former members of the military and their families.

USCIS Alerts


  • January 26th, 2022 Tools Outage USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:50 p.m. through Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern.
  • January 25th, 2022 USCIS Updates Guidance on Expedite Requests U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated the USCIS Policy Manual to reflect new guidance on how we determine whether a case warrants expedited treatment.
  • January 21st, 2022 USCIS Provides Clarifying Guidance for O-1 Petitions with a Focus on STEM Fields U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued policy guidance clarifying how it evaluates evidence to determine eligibility for O-1A nonimmigrants of extraordinary ability, with a focus on petitions filed for individuals in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields, as well as how USCIS determines whether an O-1 beneficiary’s prospective work is within their area of extraordinary ability or achievement.
  • January 13th, 2022 USCIS Provides Clarifying Guidance on O-1 Nonimmigrants in Arts vs. Motion Picture and Television U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced clarifying guidance on how we determine whether an O-1B beneficiary will be evaluated as a person of extraordinary ability in the arts or as a person of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry when a case has elements of both.
  • January 12th, 2022 Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances USCIS is reminding the public that we offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the Marshall fire in Colorado.