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3 Quick and Easy Ways to Contact USCIS

If you’ve applied for any type of U.S. visa, then you know that getting a hold of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be a challenge. Here are the 3 way to get in touch with hte USCIS. 3 QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO CONTACT USCIS Leverage online tools. For starters, USCIS has a […]

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Fact Sheet: Implementation of the Credible Fear and Asylum Processing Interim Final Rule

On May 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) will begin implementing a rule to ensure that those subject to expedited removal who are eligible for asylum are granted relief quickly, and those who are not are promptly removed. Due to existing court backlogs, the process for hearing and […]

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Uniting for Ukraine: A New Immigration Opportunity for Ukrainians

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period […]

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USCIS Sets Goals to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing Services, and Improve ‘Cycle Times’ for Pending Cases

On March 29, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would implement three new actions to reduce lengthy processing times that resulted from COVID-19–related delays. Initiative to Reduce Processing Backlogs USCIS has established new goals for its “cycle times,” an internal metric the agency uses to measure how many months’ worth of pending cases […]

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Fact Sheet: Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (Secretary) to eligible foreign-born individuals who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances preventing their country from adequately handling the return. When can the Secretary designate a country for TPS? The Secretary can designate a country […]

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukrainians

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). WHAT IS TPS? Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is being granted to Ukrainians that cannot safely return to their home country because of an ongoing conflict. TPS is available for 18 month. WHO CAN APPLY? TPS is limited to people already in […]

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Updates to the Public Charge Rule

The Biden administration proposed new regulations that would limit the number of public benefits that can weigh against immigrants applying for permanent U.S. residency, or green cards. Under the proposal, U.S. immigration caseworkers would only consider participation in income assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, as well as long-term […]

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Immigration 101: What is Title 42?

What is Title 42? Title 42 is part of U.S. health law, specifically Section 262 of U.S. Code Title 42 which prohibits entry into the United States when the Director for Disease Control believes “there is a serious danger to the introduction of [a communicable] disease into the United States.” The rule allows any customs […]

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FY 2023 H-1B Visa Application Process Updates

Background  In 2020 USCIS implemented an electronic registration process for the H-1B cap. Prospective petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including for beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each beneficiary. The electronic registration process has streamlined processing by reducing paperwork […]

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5 Predictions For U.S. Immigration In 2022

As the new year begins, here are some expert predictions for U.S. immigration in 2022. 1.  Increases in Premium Processing The premium processing service provided by the USCIS guarantees expedited visa processing for certain employment-based visa petitions. The USCIS guarantees that the petition will be processed within 15 days or will return the petitioner’s filing […]

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