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  • News: Employment and Training Administration, Labor Publish Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for the Temporary Employment of H-2A Foreign Workers in the United States

    [Federal Register Volume 84, Number 183 (Friday, September 20, 2019)] [Rules and Regulations] [Pages 49439-49457] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-19674] ======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration 20 CFR Part 655 [Docket No. ETA-2018-0002] RIN 1205-AB90 Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for the Temporary Employment of H-2A Foreign Workers in the United States AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor. ACTION: Final rule. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is amending its regulations governing the certification of agricultural labor or services to be performed by temporary foreign workers in H-2A nonimmigrant status (H-2A workers). The Department issues this certification pursuant to Section 218(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which requires a prospective employer of H-2A workers to apply for a certification from the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) that there are not sufficient able, willing, and qualified United States (U.S.) workers available to fill the petitioning employer's job opportunity, and that the employment of H-2A workers in that job opportunity will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed. This final rule modernizes and improves the labor market test that the Department uses to assess whether able, willing, and qualified U.S. workers are available by: Rescinding the requirement that an employer advertise its job opportunity in a print newspaper of general circulation in the area of intended employment; expanding and enhancing the Department's electronic job registry; and leveraging the expertise and existing outreach activities of State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) to promote agricultural job opportunities. DATES: This final rule is effective October 21, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas M. Dowd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Box #12-200, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 513-7350 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone numbers above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD). [[Page 49440]] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Executive Summary A. Statutory and Regulatory Background The IN...
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  • News: USCIS Publish Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for October 2019

    News: USCIS Publish Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for October 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. October 2019 Final Action Dates for Filing for F2A Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications:  Family- Sponsored  All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainlandborn INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES F2A C C C C C Dates for Filing for Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications:  Family- Sponsored  All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainlandborn INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES F1 15JUL13 15JUL13 15JUL13 15NOV99 01JAN09 F2B 01DEC14 01DEC14 01DEC14 01APR99 01MAR09 F3 15MAR08 15MAR08 15MAR08 15JUL00 01OCT98 F4 15MAY07 15MAY07 01JUN05 01JAN99 08JAN99 Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications: Employment- Based All ChargeabilityAreas ExceptThose Listed CHINA-mainlandborn El SALVADORGUATEMALAHONDURAS INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES   1st 01JUL19 01SEP17 01JUL19 15MAR17 01JUL19 01JUL19   2nd C 01AUG16 C 01JUL09 C C   3rd C 01MAR17 C 01FEB10 C C   Other Workers C 01AUG08 C 01FEB10 C C   4th C C 15AUG16 C C C   Certain Religious Workers C C 15AUG16 C C C   5thNon-RegionalCenter(C5 and T5) C 01JAN15 C C C C   5thRegionalCenter(I5 and R5) C 01JAN15 C C C C   About the Visa Bulletin DOS publishes current immigrant visa availability information in a monthly Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available for issuance to prospective immigrants based on their individual priority date. On Nov. 20, 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security directed USCIS to work with DOS to: Ensure that all immigrant visas authorized by Congress are issued to eligible individuals when there is sufficient demand for such visas, and Improve the Visa Bulletin system for determining when immigrant visas are available to applicants during the fiscal year. Additionally, in July 2015, the Administration issued its report on Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century (PDF). This report included detailed recommendations to revise and update the monthly Visa Bulletin to better estimate immigrant visa availability and provide needed predictability to nonimmigrant workers seeking permanent residency. USCIS, in coordination with DOS, revised the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad. This revised process will enhance DOS’s ability to more accurately predict overall immigrant visa demand in determining the cut-off dates for the Visa Bulletin. This will help ensure that the maximum number of immigrant visas are issued annually as intended by Congress, and minimize month-to-month fluctuations in Visa Bulletin final action dates. Additional goals are outlined in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century (PDF). New Visa Bulletin Charts The Visa Bulletin will now have two different charts because of the revised procedures. DOS will post two charts per visa preference category in the DOS Visa Bulletin. The charts are: Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may finally be issued); and Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply). When USCIS determines there are immigrant visas available for the filing of additional adjustment of status applications, the Dates for Filing Applications chart may be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Otherwise, the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS. In coordination with the DOS, USCIS will monitor visa numbers each month and post the relevant chart on this page under When to File. Determining Visa Availability USCIS considers several factors to determine if there is a greater supply of visas than the demand for those visas. To determine visa availability, USCIS will compare the number of visas available for the remainder of the fiscal year with: Documentarily qualified visa applications reported by DOS; Pending adjustment of status applications reported by USCIS; and Historical drop off rate of applicants for adjustment of status (for example, denials, withdrawals and abandonments)   ...
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  • News: USCIS Releases Report on Approximate Active DACA Recipients

    News: USCIS Releases Report on Approximate Active DACA Recipients

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  • News: USCIS Performance Data on I-918 Petitions for U Nonimmigrants

    News: USCIS Performance Data on I-918 Petitions for U Nonimmigrants

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  • News: USCIS updated its H-2B cap count for FY2020

    News: USCIS updated its H-2B cap count for FY2020

    Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants ALERT: USCIS is no longer accepting petitions filed under the temporary final rule that increased the numerical limit (cap) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 30,000 additional visas for returning workers through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS will reject and return any cap-subject petitions with FY 2019 start dates that were received after June 5, 2019 together with any accompanying filing fees. USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions with start dates for FY 2019 that are exempt from, or not counted towards the congressionally mandated cap. In addition, USCIS will consider petitions requesting an employment start date on or after Oct. 1, 2019 towards the FY 2020 cap. These petitions with employment start dates on or after Oct. 1, 2019 will be subject to all eligibility requirements for FY 2020 H-2B cap filings. The H-2B Program The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows ...
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  • News: Is Mandatory Detention of Unlawful Entrants Seeking Asylum Constitutional?

    News: Is Mandatory Detention of Unlawful Entrants Seeking Asylum Constitutional?

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  • News: Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Week) 2019 with Naturalization Ceremonies

    Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Week) 2019 with Naturalization Ceremonies Release Date: Sept. 13, 2019 On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day as part of Constitution Week. The commemoration honors both the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and an observance that began in 1940 as “I Am an American Day.” USCIS celebrates Constitution Week with naturalization ceremonies across the country. This year, we will welcome nearly 34,300 new citizens at during 316 naturalization ceremonies between Sept. 13 and 23. A list of highlighted ceremonies is below. We encourage you to share your experiences and photos from naturalization ceremonies through social media, using the hashtags #newUScitizen, #ConstitutionWeek and #WethePeople. You can also follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube ( /uscis), Facebook ( /uscis), and Instagram ( /uscis). Ceremony Date City, State Location Sept. 13, 2019 Tampa, FL USCIS Tampa Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 Oakland Park, FL USCIS Oakland Park Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 New York, NY USCIS New York City Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 Brooklyn, NY U.S. District Court of Eastern District Sept. 13, 2019 Las Vegas, NV U.S. District Court Sept. 13, 2019 Louisville, KY Louisville Middle School Sept. 13, 2019 New Orleans, LA USCIS New Orleans Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 Buffalo, NY Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Sept. 13, 2019 Little Rock, AR U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Arkansas Sept. 13, 2019 Mentor, OH James A. Garfield Historic Site Sept. 13, 2019 New York, NY U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York Sept. 13, 2019 Philadelphia, PA USCIS Philadelphia Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 Newark, NJ USCIS Newark Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 Phoenix, AZ U.S. District Court Sept. 13, 2019 Durham, NC USCIS Raleigh Field Office Sept. 13, 2019 Utica, NY County Office Building Sept. 13, 2019 Roanoke, VA U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia Sept. 13, 2019 Charlottesville, VA U.S. District Court of the Western District of Virginia Sept. 13, 2019 Mount Laurel, NJ Rowen College at Burlington County Sept. 13, 2019 Lawrence, MA Dole Institute Sept. 13, 2019 Mount Laurel, NJ USCIS Mount Laurel Field Office Sept. 14, 2019 Fresno, CA Central Library Sept. 14, 2019 Winston Salem, NC Hispanic League Fiesta Sept. 14, 2019 Mason Neck, VA George Mason's Gunston Hall Sept. 15, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park Sept. 16, 2019 Tumacacori, AZ Tumacacori National Park Sept. 16, 2019 Wilmington, NC Battleship North Carolina Sept. 16, 2019 Papillion, NE Papillion Historical Downtown Sept. 17, 2019 Hartford, CT Hartford Public Library ...
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  • News: USCIS to Welcome More Than 34,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

    USCIS to Welcome More Than 34,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Release Date: Sept. 13, 2019 WASHINGTON—USCIS announced today that it will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens during 316 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 13 and 23. The USCIS Constitution Week activities will feature a naturalization ceremony at the DAR Constitution Hall on Sept. 17, where USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance and provide congratulatory remarks to 1,000 new U.S. citizens. View a list of other notable 2019 Constitution Week-themed naturalization ceremonies . “Two hundred and thirty-two years ago, our great country adopted the United States Constitution, and as we celebrate Constitution Week, it is important to underscore the significance of citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution,” said Acting Director Cuccinelli. “These nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens followed the law on their path to naturalization and now call the U.S. home. I can think of no better way to celebrate Constitution Week than to welcome thousands of new U.S. citizens who have assimilated, made a commitment to our great country, and have vowed to support the Constitution.” On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day...
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  • News: USCIS Publish Cuccinelli Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Enforcement of the Asylum Rule

    Cuccinelli Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Enforcement of the Asylum Rule Release Date: Sept. 11, 2019 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to permit the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s asylum rule requiring asylum seekers to seek protection in at least one third country they traveled through en route to the United States.“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down judicial activists’ injunction and allow the Trump Administration to carry out its rule to strengthen the asylum process. I commend the work done by the attorneys at the Department of Justice to achieve this outstanding outcome. The Administration’s rule is designed to safeguard the integrity of the U.S. asylum system and ensure asylum seekers seek protection in the first safe country they travel through.“For far too long, the loopholes in our nation’s asylum system have been exploited by drug cartels, human...
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  • News: DHS Final Rule on Public Charge: Overview and Considerations for Congress

    News: DHS Final Rule on Public Charge: Overview and Considerations for Congress

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