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USCIS News Releases

  • January 7th, 2021 USCIS Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will modify the H-1B cap selection process, amend current lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program.
  • December 23rd, 2020 USCIS Ending Two Categorical Parole Programs In keeping with the agency’s August 2019 announcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a Federal Register notice requesting public comments on revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document to remove sections relating to the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) and the Filipino World War II Veterans (FWVP) Parole programs. 
  • December 18th, 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, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to
  • December 15th, 2020 USCIS Updates Discretionary Criteria for Case-by-Case Interview Determinations of Adjustment of Status Applications Based on Refugee or Asylee Status  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updated guidance expanding the discretionary criteria USCIS officers use to determine whether to interview applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, based on refugee or asylee status.
  • November 17th, 2020 DHS Proposes to Limit Work Permits for Aliens with Final Orders of Removal The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a proposed rule that would limit discretionary work authorization for aliens who have final orders of removal and who have been temporarily released from DHS custody on an order of supervision (OSUP).

USCIS Alerts

  • January 15th, 2021 USCIS Suspending In-Person Services Jan. 19 and 20 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it will temporarily suspend in-person services at all field offices, asylum offices and application support centers on Jan. 19 and 20 to ensure the safety of our employees and individuals with appointments.
  • January 14th, 2021 Tools Outage USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Thursday, January 14 at 11:50 p.m. through Friday, January 15, at 3:00 a.m. Eastern.
  • January 12th, 2021 DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2021. The notice listing the eligible countries will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13, 2021.
  • January 12th, 2021 USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards Starting in January, we will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”), with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action. LPRs file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, when their Green Cards expire or are about to expire. The revised Form I-797 notice will serve as a receipt notice for the Form I-90. 
  • January 8th, 2021 USCIS Lockbox Updates Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, USCIS is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at a USCIS lockbox facility.