September 20th, 2021USCIS Awards FY 2021 Citizenship and Integration GrantsOn Sept. 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the award of $10 million in grants to 40 organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. The grants also aim to promote prospective citizens’ integration into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. Located in 25 states, these organizations will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for LPRs through September 2023.
October 22nd, 2021USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Vermont Service CenterAs part of our credit card payment pilot program, the Vermont Service Center is now accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for O and P nonimmigrants.
October 20th, 2021USCIS Issues Updated and Comprehensive Guidance on T Visa AdjudicationsU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing updated and comprehensive guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on adjudicating applications for T nonimmigrant status (or T visas) submitted by victims of human trafficking, including clarifying how applicants establish eligibility.
October 13th, 2021Tools OutageUSCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Contact Relationship Interface System (CRIS) on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 11:30 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 14, at 3:00 a.m. Eastern.
October 12th, 2021USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2022U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2022.
September 29th, 2021Most CW-1 Employers Must File Required Semiannual Report (Form I-129CWR)USCIS reminds employers of Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Transitional Workers (CW-1) that, if you have a currently-approved CW-1 petition with a validity period of six months or more, you must file Form I-129CWR, Semiannual Report for CW-1 Employers, with USCIS every six months after the petition validity start date.