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  • News: USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test

    News: USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test

    USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test Memorandum Announces a Decennial Revision Schedule WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising the current naturalization test with improvements to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant’s civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments. The goal is to create a meaningful, uniform, and efficient test that will assess applicants’ knowledge and understanding of U.S. history, government and values. This spring, the former USCIS director signed the Revision of the Naturalization Civics Test Memorandum (PDF, 202 KB) . This memorandum announces the revision of the naturalization test and formalizes a decennial revision schedule of the naturalization test based on adult education best practices. “Granting U. S. citizenship is the highest honor our nation bestows,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. ...
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  • News: OFLC Announces Changes to the FLAG System for CW-1 and H-2B Programs

    News: OFLC Announces Changes to the FLAG System for CW-1 and H-2B Programs

    Last updated July 15th, 2019 July 15th, 2019 OFLC Announces Enhancements to the FLAG System for CW-1 and H-2B Programs On July 12th, 2019, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), in collaboration with the Department's Office of the Chief Information Officer, released the following enhancements and new features in the FLAG System for stakeholders preparing and submitting applications in the CW-1 and H-2B Programs: ✓ Users will be able to take certain actions on CW-1 and H-2B applications while under review by OFLC Form ETA-9142B (H-2B Application) Upload recruitment ...
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  • New: USCIS Releases Data on Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Receipts, Completions, and RFEs

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  • News: When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: August 2019

    When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: August 2019 Issued on: July 17, 2019 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process . If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an available visa in your category (if applicable) before you can file your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status . This page will help you determine when to file your adjustment of status application. When to File Use the Visa Bulletin charts below to determine when to file your adjustment of status application. To use the charts: Find your visa type in the first column (on the left) of the appropriate chart (Family-sponsored or Employment-based). Stay in that row and move directly to the right to find the corresponding date under the country of your birth (as listed in the boldface columns across the top). If the date on the chart is current (“C”), or your priority date is earlier than the date on the chart, you may file your adjustment of status application, if otherwise eligible to do so. “U” means unauthorized; for example, numbers are not authorized for issuance. Your priority date is generally the date when your relative or employer properly filed the immigrant visa petition on your behalf with USCIS. If a labor certification is required to be filed with your immigrant visa petition, the priority date is the date the labor certification application was accepted for processing by the Department of Labor. August 2019 Final Action Dates for Filing for F2A Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications: Family- Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except ...
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  • News: EOIR Releases Guidelines Regarding New Regulations Governing Asylum and Protection Claims

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  • News: Presidential Executive Order on Collecting Information about Citizenship Status in Connection with the Decennial Census

    Executive Order on Collecting Information about Citizenship Status in Connection with the Decennial Census Issued on: July 11, 2019 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1 . Purpose. In Department of Commerce v. New York, No. 18-966 (June 27, 2019), the Supreme Court held that the Department of Commerce (Department) may, as a general matter, lawfully include a question inquiring about citizenship status on the decennial census and, more specifically, declined to hold that the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to include such a question on the 2020 decennial census was “substantively invalid.” That ruling was not surprising, given that every decennial census from 1820 to 2000 (with the single exception of 1840) asked at lea...
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  • News: DHS and DOJ Interim Final Rule Barring from Asylum Eligibility Individuals Who Transit Through a Third Country Without Seeking Protection

    [Federal Register Volume 84, Number 136 (Tuesday, July 16, 2019)] [Rules and Regulations] [Pages 33829-33845] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-15246] ======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 8 CFR Part 208 RIN 1615-AC44 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Executive Office for Immigration Review 8 CFR Parts 1003 and 1208 [EOIR Docket No. 19-0504; A.G. Order No. 4488-2019] RIN 1125-AA91 Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications AGENCY: Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice; U.S. Citizens...
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  • News: CIS Ombudsman Releases 2019 Annual Report to Congress

    News: CIS Ombudsman Releases 2019 Annual Report to Congress

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  • News: DHS and DOJ Issue Joint Third-Country Asylum Interim Final Rule

    News: DHS and DOJ Issue Joint Third-Country Asylum Interim Final Rule

    DHS and DOJ Issue Third-Country Asylum Rule Release Date: July 15, 2019 WASHINGTON – On July 16th, a joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will publish in the Federal Register. This IFR uses the authority delegated by Congress in section 208(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance the integrity of the asylum process by placing further restrictions or limitations on eligibility for aliens who seek asylum in the United States. Specifically, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are revising 8 C.F.R. § 208.13(c) and 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(c) to add a new bar to eligibility for asylum for an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border, but wh...
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  • News: DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry

    News: DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry

    DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry Release Date: July 11, 2019 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the following statement on safety and enforcement during Tropical Storm Barry: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the po...
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