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USCIS Announces Filing Location Change for Certain Employment-Based I-485 and Related Forms

Release Date:03/29/2024 On, April 1, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is changing the filing location for concurrently filed Forms I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service; I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; and I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and for related Forms I-131, Application for Travel Document; I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and I-824, Application for Action on […]

Memorandum on the Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Palestinians

February 14, 2024 HOME BRIEFING ROOM PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUBJECT:       Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Palestinians Following the horrific October 7, 2023, terrorist attack by Hamas against Israel, and Israel’s ensuing military response, humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories, and primarily Gaza, have significantly […]

Reminder: Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees Takes Effect Today

Release Date 02/26/2024 As previously announced, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new inflation-adjusted premium processing fees take effect today, increasing the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. USCIS published a final rule announcing the change on Dec. 28, 2023. The USCIS Stabilization Act established the current premium processing fees and the authority for the Department of […]

USCIS Announces Strengthened Integrity Measures for H-1B Program

Release Date 01/30/2024 Announces FY 2025 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period and Online Filing of H-1B Petitions WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a final rule to strengthen the integrity of and reduce the potential for fraud in the H-1B registration process, including by reducing the potential for gaming the registration system and ensuring each beneficiary would have the […]

USCIS Issues Final Rule to Adjust Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees

Release Date 01/30/2024 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016. The final rule will allow USCIS to recover a greater share of its operating costs and support more timely processing of new applications. The final rule is the […]

Domestic Renewal of H-1B Nonimmigrant Visas for Certain Applicants

OVERVIEW The Department of State has announced a pilot program to resume domestic visa renewals for qualified H-1B nonimmigrant visa applicants who meet certain requirements. The pilot program will accept applications from January 29, 2024, through April 1, 2024, or when all application slots are filled, whichever comes first. Participation in the pilot program is […]

USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling Online Collaboration and Submission of H-1B Registrations

Release Date 01/12/2024 Will Also Introduce Online Filing for I-129 H-1B Petitions and H-1B I-907 Premium Processing Service  WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the upcoming launch of a package of customer experience improvements for H-1B cap season. The measures are expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives. USCIS […]

Important Announcement on Waivers of the Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

Last Updated: December 23, 2022 The Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Department of Homeland Security, has extended until December 31, 2023, previously approved authorities allowing consular officers to waive the in-person interview for certain H-2 (temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers) applicants; certain students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (F, M, […]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 12235] RIN 1400–AF79 Pilot Program To Resume Renewal of H–1B Nonimmigrant Visas in the United States for Certain Qualified Noncitizens

AGENCY: Department of State. ACTION: Notice of pilot program. SUMMARY: The Department of State (the “Department”) is announcing a pilot program to resume domestic visa renewal for qualified H–1B nonimmigrant visa applicants who meet certain requirements. This notice describes the requirements for participation in the pilot and provides information on how those falling within the […]

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

Release Date 12/20/2023 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States. This guidance consolidates existing policy. USCIS […]