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  • News: USCIS Increases Automatic Extension of Certain Employment Authorization Documents to Improve Access to Work Permits

    USCIS Increases Automatic Extension of Certain Employment Authorization Documents to Improve Access to Work Permits Release Date: 04/04/2024 WASHINGTON— Building on extensive modernization efforts that have streamlined and improved access to work permits for eligible noncitizens, USCIS today announced a temporary final rule (TFR) to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days. This announcement follows improvements that have reduced processing times for E...
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  • News: CRS Report on Medical Care Standards in Immigrant Detention Facilities

    News: CRS Report on Medical Care Standards in Immigrant Detention Facilities

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  • News: DOS Provides Immigrant Visa Interview-Ready Backlog Report

    News: DOS Provides Immigrant Visa Interview-Ready Backlog Report

    Immigrant Visa Interview-Ready Backlog Report Last updated March 2024 U.S. embassies and consulates abroad provide routine visa services to thousands of applicants daily. We are committed to resolving the immigrant visa backlog and transparently sharing the current status of our worldwide visa operations. Number of IV applicants whose cases are documentarily complete at NVC and ready for interview as of February 29, 2024 374,532 Number of documentarily complete...
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  • News: USCIS Publishes Notice of FY 2025 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Selection Process Completion and Cap Season Reminders

    Notice of FY 2025 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Selection Process Completion and Cap Season Reminders Release Date: 04/01/2024 H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough electronic registrations for unique beneficiaries during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We have randomly selec...
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  • News: USCIS Provides Third Gender Option on Form N-400

    News: USCIS Provides Third Gender Option on Form N-400

    USCIS Provides Third Gender Option on Form N-400 Release Date: 04/01/2024 We have revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to provide a third gender option, “X,” defined as “Another Gender Identity.” We are also updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual accordingly to account for this form revision and other forthcoming form revisions that will add a third gender option; see the Policy Alert (PDF, 344.77 KB). The 04/01/24 edition of F...
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  • News: USCIS Revises Policy Manual to Align with New Fee Rule

    News: USCIS Revises Policy Manual to Align with New Fee Rule

    USCIS Revises Policy Manual to Align with New Fee Rule Release Date: 04/01/2024 We are revising our guidance (PDF, 364.37 KB) in the USCIS Policy Manual to align with the Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements Final Rule published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31, 2024, and effective on April 1, 2024. Revisions to the policy manual apply to all applications and petitions postmarked on or after April 1. We will use the postmark date of a filing to determine which form version and fees are correct, but we will use the receipt date for purposes of any regula...
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  • News: USCIS Announces Filing Location Change for Certain Employment-Based I-485 and Related Forms

    USCIS Announces Filing Location Change for Certain Employment-Based I-485 and Related Forms Release Date: 03/29/2024 On, April 1, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is changing the filing location for concurrently filed Forms I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service; I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; and I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and for related Forms I-131, Application for Travel Document; I-765, Application...
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  • News: USCIS Publishes New Citizens Will Be Able to Seamlessly Request Social Security Updates

    New Citizens Will Be Able to Seamlessly Request Social Security Updates Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/28/2024 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, starting April 1, applicants filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, will have the option to request an original or replacement Social Security number (SSN) or card and update their immigration status with the Social Security Administration (SSA) without having to visit an SSA office. Noncitizens applyin...
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  • News: CRS Report on DHS Border Barrier Funding Developments: FY2021-FY2024

    News: CRS Report on DHS Border Barrier Funding Developments: FY2021-FY2024

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  • News: USCIS Publishes H-1B Form I-129 Filing Location Change and FY 2025 H-1B Cap Season Updates and Reminders

    H-1B Form I-129 Filing Location Change and FY 2025 H-1B Cap Season Updates and Reminders Release Date: 03/26/2024 H-1B Initial Registration Period Closed The initial registration period for the FY 2025 H-1B cap season closed at noon Eastern on March 25, 2024. USCIS will soon randomly select enough unique beneficiaries of properly submitted registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2025 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master&rsqu...
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