USCIS Launches Naturalization and Citizenship Certificate Redesign Pilot.

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On Jan. 22, 2018, four USCIS field offices and one service center will participate in a 10-day pilot to issue redesigned citizenship and naturalization certificates to U.S. citizens. The pilot sites are: Norfolk Field Office Tampa Field Office Minneapolis-St. Paul Field Office Sacramento Field Office Nebraska Service Center The redesign is part of an ongoing USCIS initiative to deter counterfeiting by adding enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to critical documents. Although the design is new, the process of applying for and receiving naturalization and citizenship certificates will not change.…

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USCIS Will Email Notifications to H-2A Petitioners, Use Pre-Paid Mailers to Send Requests for Evidence.

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Beginning today, Jan. 22, 2018, USCIS will email notifications of receipt and approval to H-2A (temporary agricultural worker) petitioners who file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Also starting today, USCIS will use pre-paid mailers provided by H-2A petitioners to send requests for evidence (RFE) if issued in a case. These process changes apply only to H-2A petitions due to their highly time-sensitive nature.  Email Notifications USCIS will send notifications of receipt and approval to the email address provided by H-2A petitioners in Part 1 of Form I-129 and…

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Lapse in Federal Funding for Certain USCIS Operations.

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The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’ fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all applicants should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. However, several USCIS programs will either expire or suspend operations, or be otherwise affected, until they receive appropriated funds or are reauthorized by Congress. These include: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program. Regional centers are a public or private economic unit in the United States that promote economic growth. USCIS designates regional centers for participation in the Immigrant…

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USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs.

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USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have published the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to receive H-2A and H‑2B visas in 2018. The notice listing the eligible countries was published on Jan. 18, 2018, in the Federal Register. For 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen and Secretary of State Tillerson have agreed: To add Mongolia to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, and To no longer designate Belize, Haiti, and Samoa…

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Haitians with Temporary Protected Status.

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Release Date: Jan. 18, 2018 Employment Authorization for Haitians with TPS Automatically Extended Until July 21, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Haiti’s designation who want to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of July 22, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps. All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected…

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status.

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Release Date: Jan. 18, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective  termination date of Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents, have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps. All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by…

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Texas Service Center to Begin Processing Form I-129 for L Visas.

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On February 12, 2018, the Texas Service Center (TSC) will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker petitions for L nonimmigrant classification, also known as L visas. The TSC will share this workload with the California Service Center to balance workloads and to provide flexibility as USCIS works towards improving processing times and efficiency. The Vermont Service Center will no longer process any new Form I‑129 petitions requesting L nonimmigrant classification.  Petitioners requesting an L nonimmigrant classification should file their Form I-129 at the address indicated on…

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USCIS partners with Justice Department and Secures First Denaturalization As a Result of Operation Janus.

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Release Date: Jan. 10, 2018 On January 5, Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey entered an order revoking the naturalized U.S. citizenship of Baljinder Singh aka Davinder Singh, and canceling his Certificate of Naturalization, following a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services referral to the Justice Department. After Judge Chesler’s order, Singh’s immigration status reverted from naturalized citizen to lawful permanent resident, rendering him potentially subject to removal proceedings at the Department of Homeland Security’s discretion. Singh’s denaturalization is the first arising…

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The USCIS London Field Office Is Moving.

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The USCIS London Field Office in the United Kingdom is moving to the new U.S. Embassy facility in the Nine Elms area of London. The last day that USCIS will provide services at our Grosvenor Square facility will be January 10. Anyone who has an urgent request while the field office is closed should email USCIS.london@uscis.dhs.gov for assistance. On January 17, USCIS will reopen at our new location: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesU.S. Embassy33 Nine Elms LaneLondon SW11 7USUnited Kingdom Go to our London Field Office page for more information.…

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USCIS Clarifies Proxy Vote Use for Certain Intracompany Transferee Visa Petitions.

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Release Date: Jan. 3, 2018 WASHINGTON —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued updated policy guidance today clarifying that a proxy vote must be irrevocable to establish the requisite control of a company in an L-1 visa petition. A U.S. or foreign employer may file an L-1 visa petition to temporarily transfer a foreign employee to the U.S. from one of its operations outside the country. The employer must prove that a qualifying relationship exists between the foreign employer and the U.S. company at the time they file their petition…

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Updated USCIS Procedures for Cuba.

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Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS will temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana, effective immediately. During this time, the USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico, will assume Havana’s jurisdiction, which includes only Cuba. Individuals who live in Cuba must follow these filing instructions: Service/Form Filing Instructions Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative File your petition by mail with the lockbox facility in Chicago. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 webpage. Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document…

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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2018.

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Release Date: Dec. 21, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018. Dec. 15, 2017, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2018. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Dec. 15 that request an employment start date before April 1, 2018. USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap. This includes the following types of petitions: Current H-2B…

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USCIS Updates Policy on Determining Cuban Citizenship for Those Born Outside of Cuba.

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USCIS is no longer considering a consular certificate documenting an individual’s birth outside of Cuba to a Cuban parent as sufficient evidence of Cuban citizenship. This policy memorandum aligns with Cuban law and applies to individuals born outside of Cuba applying for lawful permanent resident status in the United States under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). The updated policy memorandum rescinds Matter of Vazquez as an adopted decision, which held that a Cuban consular certificate documenting an individual’s birth outside of Cuba to at least one Cuban parent is accepted…

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USCIS Electronic Reading Room opens the door to transparency.

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USCIS is opening the door to its updated Electronic Reading Room to fulfill our commitment to increase transparency with the American public. In the Electronic Reading Room, USCIS is disclosing cleared policy documents and external correspondence addressed to our leadership along with their responses. This is in addition to providing access to information that had been requested at least three times and had been provided under the Freedom of Information Act.   Using the USCIS Electronic Reading Room is easy. Simply select a category from the drop-down list and search…

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status.

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Release Date: Dec. 15, 2017 TPS Nicaragua Ending in January 2019 WASHINGTON— Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nicaragua’s designation who want to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of Jan. 5, 2019, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps. All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed…

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status.

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Release Date: Dec. 15, 2017 WASHINGTON— Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain that status through the current expiration date of July 5, 2018, must re-register between Dec. 15, 2017 and Feb. 13, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps. All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization,…

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USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule.

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Release Date: Dec. 14, 2017 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision. Although the IER was published during the previous administration with an effective date of July 17, 2017, it did not take effect because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on July 11, 2017, delaying the IER’s effective date until March 14, 2018.  This delay rule was meant to give USCIS time to review the IER…

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As CNMI Transitional Worker Program Draws Down, USCIS Announces Cap for Final Three Fiscal Years.

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Release Date: Nov. 21, 2017 WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the number of visas the agency will grant for the last three fiscal years (FYs) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. Congress previously mandated that USCIS end the program by reducing the number of workers in the program to zero by Dec. 31, 2019. Under the CW-1 program, employers in the CNMI can apply for permission to employ foreign workers who are ineligible to work in the territory under…

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