USCIS Lengthens Work Permit Automatic Extension Period to Address Adjudication Delays

USCIS Lengthens Work Permit Automatic Extension Period to Address Adjudication Delays

By Emma Winger, Immigration Impact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a temporary rule last week that automatically extends employment authorization for certain noncitizens waiting for USCIS to process their work permit renewal applications. As of December 2021, over 80,000 noncitizens had lost or would soon lose the right to work because of adjudication delays and a growing […]

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, to up to 540 days. The increase, which will be effective immediately on May 4, 2022, will help avoid gaps in employment for noncitizens with pending […]

A New Win for Immigrants as USCIS Agrees to Restore Path to Permanent Residency for TPS Beneficiaries

A New Win for Immigrants as USCIS Agrees to Restore Path to Permanent Residency for TPS Beneficiaries

Washington, DC – October 23, 2017: Immigration reform protesters demonstrate outside the White House calling for no further deportations and a means to gain legal residency and a path to citizenship. (Shutterstock) By Linda Nwoke In December 2019, Trump’s administration decided to slightly modify an immigration condition which they described as a ‘mere clarification ‘that […]

This USCIS Policy Change Will Reunite Vulnerable LGBTQ Refugee and Asylum Couples

This USCIS Policy Change Will Reunite Vulnerable LGBTQ Refugee and Asylum Couples

By Andrew Lim, Immigration Impact In February, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed Trump administration guidance that limited recognition of marriages performed abroad only to those considered “valid” in the country where they took place. This narrow interpretation of the “place-of-celebration” rule left many refugees and asylees without a way to reunite with their […]

USCIS to Offer Deferred Action for Special Immigrant Juveniles

USCIS to Offer Deferred Action for Special Immigrant Juveniles

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on March 7, 2022 announced that it is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to consider deferred action and related employment authorization for noncitizens who have an approved Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification but who cannot apply to adjust status […]

USCIS Issues Guidance on Informal Marriages for Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status

USCIS Issues Guidance on Informal Marriages for Derivative Refugee and Asylee Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) announced guidance recognizing that a spousal relationship may exist for the purpose of obtaining derivative refugee or asylee status, in certain circumstances, if there is evidence of an informal marriage. This guidance applies to the adjudication of a pending or newly filed Form I-589, […]

The Dignity Act Could Signal Increasing Support for Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill

The Dignity Act Could Signal Increasing Support for Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill

By Jeremy Robbins, Immigration Impact Miami Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, a freshman Republican from Florida’s 27th congressional district, introduced an immigration reform bill that she calls the “Dignity Act.” Rep. Salazar claims the bill will both halt undocumented immigration to the United States and provide a “dignified solution” to the legal status of the more […]

Why USCIS’ New Mission Statement Is So Crucial

Why USCIS’ New Mission Statement Is So Crucial

Thirteen immigrants officially become new U.S. citizens in a special naturalization ceremony on Flag Day at the historic Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. – Philadelphia, PA / USA – June 14, 2019 By Wendy Feliz, Immigration Impact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled a new mission statement this week, signaling an important shift in […]

USCIS Announces New Agency Mission Statement

“USCIS upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve.”

USCIS Announces New Agency Mission Statement

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur M. Jaddou announced the agency’s new mission statement. Last year, USCIS leadership empowered employees to submit words that they felt best illustrated the agency’s work. The new mission statement is a reflection of this feedback from the workforce, the priorities of the Biden Administration, and Director […]

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact The Biden administration recently announced four actions intended to improve immigration “pathways” for noncitizens in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, these changes are constrained by the delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and congressional limits on immigrant visa numbers. These actions include: Early Career STEM […]