In Honor of Citizenship Day, New York State Secretary of State Launches Citizenshipworks Portal to Assist New Americans on their Path to Naturalization

In Honor of Citizenship Day, New York State Secretary of State Launches Citizenshipworks Portal to Assist New Americans on their Path to Naturalization

Unidentified man taking the oath of allegiance at U.S. naturalization swearing in ceremony at Gettysburg, PA on Nov.19.2012. (Shutterstock) The New York State Citizenshipworks Portal Provides Free Online Naturalization Application Assistance and Virtual Legal Support The New York State Office for New Americans Offers Free & Comprehensive Support for All Stages of the Citizenship Process, […]

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2023. We have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for […]

Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Uniting for Ukraine Parolees

Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Uniting for Ukraine Parolees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for beneficiaries paroled into the United States under Uniting for Ukraine. Effective immediately, all beneficiaries aged 6 months and older must have an attestation submitted attesting that they received COVID-19 vaccinations both before traveling to the United States and after arrival in the […]

New STEM Resources Available on USCIS Website

New STEM Resources Available on USCIS Website

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published additional online resources on uscis.gov to provide an overview of some of the temporary and permanent pathways for noncitizens to work in the United States in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This guide also highlights some of the most important considerations for STEM professionals […]

USCIS Updates Interpretation of “Under Honorable Conditions” for Military Naturalization

USCIS Updates Interpretation of “Under Honorable Conditions” for Military Naturalization

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is publishing an update to its Policy Manual to clarify that a current or former service member who received an uncharacterized discharge may be eligible for naturalization under sections 328 and 329 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). Previously, USCIS had interpreted the requirement for a separation “under honorable conditions” in […]

Newly Naturalized Citizens Can Impact Midterm Elections in Key States, New Report Finds

Newly Naturalized Citizens Can Impact Midterm Elections in Key States, New Report Finds

NATIONWIDE – A new report released on July 20 by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and SEIU presents the profile of the New American Voters 2022 that could significantly influence the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections. The report showcases the demographic composition and geographical distribution of new Americans and how their voting power can substantially impact election outcomes […]

USCIS Celebrates Independence Day 2022 and Continues its Commitment to Naturalization

USCIS Celebrates Independence Day 2022 and Continues its Commitment to Naturalization

Philadelphia, PA / USA – June 14, 2019: A Vietnam veteran proudly wears an American flag during Flag Day ceremonies at Independence National Historical Park, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Shutterstock) WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate Independence Day this year by welcoming more than 6,600 new citizens in more than 140 naturalization ceremonies […]

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Submits Annual Report to Congress

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Submits Annual Report to Congress

New York, NY – June 1, 2022: Precious Ogwu receives certificate of US citizenship during Memorial Day naturalization ceremony at USCIS New York District Office (Shutterstock) WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) submitted its annual report to Congress which provides recommendations for creating a more effective and efficient […]

DHS Announces Expansion of Citizenship and Integration Grant Program and Open Application Period

DHS Announces Expansion of Citizenship and Integration Grant Program and Open Application Period

By USCIS WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the open application period for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which provides funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants, an increase from $10 million in funding last year. “Through our Citizenship […]

DHS and DOS Announce Exemptions Allowing Eligible Afghans to Qualify for Protection and Immigration Benefits

These exemptions will allow the U.S. government to protect Afghan allies by alleviating certain obstacles to immigration benefits.

DHS and DOS Announce Exemptions Allowing Eligible Afghans to Qualify for Protection and Immigration Benefits

By USCIS WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State took steps to ensure that vulnerable Afghans who have supported and worked with the United States in Afghanistan, and who have undergone rigorous screening and vetting, can qualify for protection and other immigration benefits in the United States. These actions will also […]

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