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    Published on 10-17-2017 10:01 AM

    When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: November 2017


    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.



    Find on this page:


    • When to File

    • About the Visa Bulletin

    • New Visa Bulletin Charts

    • Determining Visa Availability


    When to File


    Use the Visa Bulletin charts below to determine when to file your adjustment of status application.


    To use the charts:


    1. Find your visa type in the first column (on the left) of the appropriate chart (Family-sponsored or Employment-based).

    2. 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).

    3. 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.

    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.


    November 2017

    Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications: ...

    Published on 10-16-2017 02:01 PM

    Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants


    Alert: After Sept.15, USCIS is no longer accepting petitions filed under the joint final rule that increased the H-2B cap limit for fiscal year 2017. For more information, visit our One-Time Increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for Fiscal Year 2017 page.

    The H-2B Program

    The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers ...

    Published on 10-13-2017 10:29 AM

    USCIS Makes Additional Data on Employment-Based Visa Programs Available in Support of ‘Hire American’ Executive Order



    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted additional data about the agency’s employment-based visa programs on its website. This new information reflects USCIS’ commitment to transparency in carrying out President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order.


    Datasets now available on the webpage include:


    L-1 Datasets: The L-1 program (L-1A and L-1B) allows companies to transfer certain categories of employees from their foreign operations to their operations in the U.S.


    H-1B Datasets: The H-1B program allows U.S. companies to temporarily hire foreign workers who will perform services in a specialty occupation.


    H-2B Dataset: The H-2B program ...

    Published on 10-13-2017 10:25 AM

    Changes to Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129 Petitions



    Versión en español






    On October 12, 2017, USCIS will change the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners of Form ...

    Published on 10-11-2017 12:05 PM

    [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 11, 2017)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 47228-47234]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2017-22074]


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    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    [CIS No. 2610-17; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2014-0003]
    RIN 1615-ZB66


    Termination of the Designation of Sudan for Temporary Protected
    Status

    AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of
    Homeland Security.

    ACTION: Notice.

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    SUMMARY: The designation of Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
    is set to expire on November 2, 2017. After reviewing country
    conditions and consulting with the appropriate U.S. Government
    agencies, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has determined
    that conditions in Sudan have sufficiently improved for TPS purposes
    and no longer support a designation for TPS. Therefore, the Secretary
    is terminating the TPS designation of Sudan. To provide for an orderly
    transition, this termination is effective November 2, 2018, twelve
    months following the end of the current designation.
    Nationals of Sudan (and aliens having no nationality who last
    habitually resided in Sudan) who have been

    [[Page 47229]]

    granted TPS and wish to maintain their TPS and have their current TPS-
    based Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) extended through
    November 2, 2018, should re-register for TPS in accordance with the
    procedures set forth in this Notice. On November 3, 2018, nationals of
    Sudan (and aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in
    Sudan) who have been granted TPS under the Sudan designation will no
    longer have TPS.

    DATES: The designation of Sudan for TPS is terminated, effective at
    11:59 p.m., local time, on November 2, 2018. The 60-day re-registration
    period runs from October 11, 2017 through December 11, 2017. (Note: It
    is important for re-registrants to timely re-register during this 60-
    day period and not to wait until their EADs expire.)

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    You can contact Alexander King, Branch Chief, Waivers and
    Temporary Services Branch, Service Center Operations Directorate, U.S.
    Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security,
    20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington DC 20529-2060; or by phone at
    (202) 272-8377 (this is not a toll-free number). Note: The phone number
    provided here is solely for questions regarding this TPS Notice. It is
    not for individual case status inquiries.
    For further information on TPS, including guidance on the
    application process and additional information on eligibility, please
    visit the USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. You can find
    specific information about this termination of Sudan for TPS by
    selecting ``Sudan'' from the menu on the left side of the TPS Web page.
    Applicants seeking information about the status of their
    individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS
    Web site at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer
    Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833). Service is available
    in English and Spanish.
    Further information will also be available at local USCIS
    offices upon publication of this Notice.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Table of Abbreviations

    BIA--Board of Immigration Appeals
    DHS--Department of Homeland Security
    DOS--Department of State
    EAD--Employment Authorization Document
    FNC--Final Nonconfirmation
    Government--U.S. Government
    IJ--Immigration Judge
    INA--Immigration and Nationality Act
    IER--U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and
    Employee Rights Section (IER)
    SAVE--USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program
    Secretary--Secretary of Homeland Security
    TNC--Tentative Nonconfirmation
    TPS--Temporary Protected Status
    TTY--Text Telephone
    USCIS--U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Through this Notice, DHS sets forth procedures necessary for
    eligible nationals of Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last
    habitually resided in Sudan) to re-register for TPS and to apply for
    renewal of their EADs with USCIS. Re-registration is limited to persons
    who have previously registered for TPS under the designation of Sudan
    and whose applications have been granted.
    For individuals who have already been granted TPS under
    Sudan's designation, the 60-day re-registration period runs from
    October 11, 2017 through December 11, 2017. USCIS will issue new EADs
    with a November 2, 2018 expiration date to eligible Sudan TPS
    beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. Given the
    timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications,
    DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before
    their current EADs expire ...
    Published on 10-09-2017 10:04 AM

    THE WHITE HOUSE

    Office of the Press Secretary


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE






    October 8, 2017


    PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S LETTER TO HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS & IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES 


    President Donald J. Trump’s Letter to House and Senate Leaders:


     


    I am pleased to transmit to you my Administration’s principles for reforming our Nation’s immigration system.  In 2012, after the Congress rejected legislation offering legal status and work permits to illegal immigrants, the previous Administration bypassed the Congress and granted those same benefits unilaterally.  These actions threatened Congress’s status as a coequal branch of Government and have resulted in a surge of illegal immigration.






    As President, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, which makes clear that all legislative powers are vested in the Congress, not the President.


    I, therefore, tasked the relevant executive departments and agencies to conduct a bottom-up review of all immigration policies to determine what legislative reforms are essential for America’s economic and national security.  Rather than asking what policies are supported by special interests, we asked America’s law enforcement professionals to identify reforms that are vital to protect the national interest.  In response, they identified dangerous loopholes, outdated laws, and easily exploited vulnerabilities in our immigration system – current policies that are harming our country and our communities.


    I have enclosed the detailed findings of this effort.  These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end.


    Immigration reform must create more jobs, higher wages, and greater security for Americans — now and for future generations.  The reforms outlined in the enclosure are necessary to ensure prosperity, opportunity, and safety for every member of our national family.


    Sincerely,


    Donald J. Trump


     


     


    IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES & POLICIES


     


    1.                  Border Security

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    Published on 10-09-2017 09:46 AM

    Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricanes




    We offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as hurricanes.

    The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request:

    • Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. Failure to apply for the extension or change before expiration of your authorized period of admission may be excused if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control;
    • Re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
    • Expedited processing of advance parole requests;
    • Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
    • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, ...
    Published on 10-05-2017 01:19 PM

    Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants



    Alert: After Sept. 15, USCIS is no longer accepting petitions filed under the joint final rule that increased the H-2B cap limit for fiscal year 2017. For more information, visit our One-Time Increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for Fiscal Year 2017 page.

    The H-2B Program

    The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers ...

    Published on 10-04-2017 02:49 PM

    Premium Processing Now Available for All Petitioners Seeking H-1B Visas



    Release Date:



    WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. 

    H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a petitioner requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time. If that time is not met, the agency will refund the petitioner’s premium ...


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