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DED Covered Country – Certain Hong Kong Residents

Alert: On Jan. 26, 2023, President Biden announced the extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Hong Kong residents for 2 years. Eligible Hong Kong residents include those who have arrived in the United States since Aug. 2021, as well as those who were covered under the initial decision. This extension provides Hong Kong residents who are concerned […]

FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

Release Date 01/27/2023 Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online H-1B registration system. We will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2024 H-1B […]

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

Release Date: January 25, 2023 WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today posted a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. The notice provides information about how to register or re-register for TPS under Haiti’s extension and redesignation for an additional 18 months, from February 4, 2023, through August 3, 2024. Last month, Secretary of […]

USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities

Release Date 01/24/2023 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through March 23, 2023. Under these flexibilities, USCIS considers a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the following requests or notices before taking any action, if the request or notice was issued between March 1, 2020, […]

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with a Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829

Release Date 01/23/2023 USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date. This change started on January 11, 2023, for […]

Launch of the Welcome Corps – Private Sponsorship of Refugees

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 19, 2023 The Department of State, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, is announcing the Welcome Corps, a new private sponsorship program that will enable Americans to sponsor refugees arriving through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), directly support their resettlement, and […]

Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs

Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, January 19, 2023 Justice Department Secures Agreement with Minnesota Staffing Agency to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims Note: View the Spanish release here. The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with Corp IV Holdings Inc., doing business as Masterson Staffing Solutions (Masterson Staffing), a […]

USCIS Announces Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions and Future Expansion for F-1 Students Seeking OPT and Certain Student and Exchange Visitors

Release Date 01/12/2023 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing the final phase of the premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Unlike previous phases of the expansion, this phase applies to new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 […]

Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Somalia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

Release Date 01/12/2023 Redesignation Allows Additional Somali Nationals to be Eligible for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia for an additional 18 months, from March 18, 2023, through September 17, 2024. He also redesignated Somalia for TPS, allowing Somali […]

USCIS Office Closings

Field Offices The following offices are closed or have temporarily changed hours. All times are listed in the office’s local time zone. If you also have an appointment at an application support center, check that section to ensure the office is open. State Field Office and Status Ohio Cleveland: Closed through Jan. 6 due to a facility […]