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    Published on 10-18-2017 01:25 PM

    [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2017)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 48563-48571]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2017-22638]


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    DEPARTMENT OF STATE

    [Public Notice: 10174]


    Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity
    Immigrant (DV-2019) Visa Program

    AGENCY: Department of State.

    ACTION: Notice.

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    This public notice provides information on changes to the
    application process for the DV-2019 Program due to unforeseen technical
    issues.

    Changes to the Entry Period

    The registration period for the DV-2019 DV program began at noon,
    Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Due to
    unforeseen technical issues with the application systems, the
    Department did not receive all required information from entries
    submitted between Tuesday, October 3, 2017 and Tuesday, October 10,
    2017, when the problem was identified and the Department ceased
    accepting entries. The technical issue has since been resolved, but the
    missing information was not recovered.
    In order to ensure that applications are not unfairly affected by
    this technical issue, a new registration period will begin at noon,
    Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017 and
    run until noon, Eastern Standard Time (EDT) (GMT-5), Wednesday,
    November 22, 2017. Entries previously submitted between Tuesday,
    October 3, 2017, and Tuesday, October 10, 2017, will not be considered
    for the DV program. Individuals who submitted entries during that
    period are encouraged to submit a new entry during the new registration
    period. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to
    enter, as heavy demand may result in Web site delays. No late entries
    or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry by or
    for each person during each registration period. The Department of
    State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries.
    Individuals with more than one entry during this registration period
    will be disqualified. However, applicants who registered during the
    initial registration period of October 3, 2017 to October 10, 2017, are
    encouraged to register in the new registration period, and will not be
    disqualified based on registering in both periods.
    In order to participate in DV-2019, individuals must submit an
    entry during this period; entries submitted between Tuesday, October 3
    and Tuesday, October 9 will not be counted. Individuals who submitted
    entries between Tuesday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 10 must reapply
    during the new registration period in order to participate in DV-2019.
    All other requirements for entry into DV-2019, and all of the
    following information in this notice, remain the same with the
    exception of Frequently Asked Questions #9, 10, and 16 below, which
    have been updated to reflect the new registration period.

    Program Overview

    The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated
    Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually. Section 203(c) of the
    Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of
    immigrants known as ``diversity immigrants,'' from countries with
    historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal
    year 2019, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no
    cost to register for the DV Program.
    Applicants who are selected in the lottery (``selectees'') must
    meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements to qualify for a
    diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a
    randomized computer drawing. Diversity visa numbers are distributed
    among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more
    than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
    For DV-2019, natives of the following countries are not eligible to
    apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated
    to the United States in the previous five years:

    Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia,
    Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico,
    Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom
    (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and
    Vietnam.
    Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are
    eligible.

    There are no changes in eligibility this year.

    Eligibility

    Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify
    may be eligible to enter.
    If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other
    ways you might be able to qualify.
    Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are
    eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse's country of birth--
    provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry,
    are found eligible for and issued diversity visas, and enter the United
    States simultaneously.
    Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible,
    but in which neither of your parents were born or legally resident at
    the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of
    one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for
    the DV-2019 program. For more details on what this means, see the
    Frequently Asked Questions.
    Requirement #2: Each applicant must meet the education/work
    experience

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    requirement of the DV program by having either:
    At least a high school education or its equivalent,
    defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal
    elementary and secondary education; OR
    two years of work experience within the past five years in
    an occupation that requires at least two years of training or
    experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S.
    Department of Labor's O*Net Online database to determine qualifying
    work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience
    for the principal DV applicant, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
    Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of
    these requirements.

    Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV-2019 Program

    Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form
    or DS-5501), online at dvlottery.state.gov. We will not accept
    incomplete entries. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.
    We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself,
    without a ``visa consultant,'' ``visa agent,'' or other facilitator who
    offers to help. If someone else helps you, you should be present when
    your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to
    the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique
    confirmation number.
    After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation
    screen that contains your name ...
    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 ...


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