USCIS Has Been Busy Expanding Access to Legal Immigration and Restoring Some Humanitarian Protections

USCIS Has Been Busy Expanding Access to Legal Immigration and Restoring Some Humanitarian Protections

By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing policies in recent weeks which expand access to lawful immigration status, employment, and humanitarian protections for people who were previously under assault by the Trump administration. ‘ These latest developments include a redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, a […]

EB-5 Visa. A Permanent Residency by Investing in the US

EB-5 Visa. A Permanent Residency by Investing in the US

By Documented NY This explanation is part of Documented’s Glossary that will help readers understand the U.S. immigration system. What is the EB-5 visa and how investing in the US can get you one The EB-5 is an employment-based visa available to non-American investors who wish to open a business in the United States. Congress […]

USCIS Issues Policy Providing Further Protections for Victims of Crime

USCIS Issues Policy Providing Further Protections for Victims of Crime

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to implement a new process, referred to as Bona Fide Determination, which will give victims of crime in the United States access to employment authorization sooner, providing them with stability and better equipping them to cooperate with and assist law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. […]

Problems at USCIS Persist, Despite Biden’s Progress on Immigration in His First 100 Days

Problems at USCIS Persist, Despite Biden’s Progress on Immigration in His First 100 Days

By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigration Impact When President Biden took office, he inherited a legal immigration system that was teetering on the brink of collapse. Delays within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have reached historic levels and some work permit applications are taking so long to process that thousands are losing their jobs. A new […]

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office located in Silicon Valley; USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Nov 20, 2019 Santa Clara / CA / USA (Shutterstock) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant […]

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office located in Silicon Valley; USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Nov 20, 2019 Santa Clara / CA / USA (Shutterstock) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant […]

USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

A new United States citizen receives a warm handshake and congratulations during a special naturalization ceremony on Flag Day at the historic Betsy Ross House. – Philadelphia, PA / USA – June 14, 2019 (Shutterstock) WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test […]

No New Immigration Relief Yet

No New Immigration Relief Yet

By Emily Wu, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission You might have seen that the President recently sent a new immigration bill to Congress. What does that mean for you if you’re a non-citizen in the United States? Right now, the truthful answer is likely nothing — at least not yet. But scammers won’t tell you that. […]

DHS Delays Effective Date of H-1B Selection Final Rule

DHS Delays Effective Date of H-1B Selection Final Rule

On Jan. 7, USCIS announced the H-1B Selection final rule, which amended the regulations governing the process by which USCIS selects H-1B registrations for the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. To give USCIS more time to develop, test, and implement the modifications to the H-1B registration system and selection process, DHS is delaying the effective date of […]