Category: News/Events

May 03, 2022

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 […]

April 12, 2022

Individuals Who Previously Received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Can Now File Forms I-821D and I-765 Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that individuals who previously received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may now fileForm I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, online. DACA requestors who submit a Form I-821D online must also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, which is available for online filing, […]

March 23, 2022

EB-1 Alert: USCIS Updates Criteria to Prove EB-1 Green Card Eligibility

Those applying for either EB-1A extraordinary ability or EB-1B outstanding researcher and professor green cards should note positive changes in the way USCIS evaluates two eligibility criteria. Recently, the USCIS updated its guidance to its EB-1A and EB-1B policy manual as follows: Published material about the person in professional or major trade publications or other […]

March 17, 2022

USCIS Urges Eligible Individuals to Consider Applying for Adjustment of Status in the EB-2 Category Based on the April Visa Bulletin Date for Filing for India

In the recently published April Visa Bulletin, the Department of State advanced the Date for Filing (also known as the application date) applications for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status in the employment-based, second preference (EB-2) category for India from Sept. 1, 2013, to Sept. 1, 2014. If you are a noncitizen who has an […]

March 17, 2022

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of March 15, 2022, will be eligible for TPS. “This TPS designation will help to protect Afghan nationals who have already been living in […]

March 13, 2022

Department of State Update for Ukraine Nationals

The Department of State (DOS), which heads all U.S. embassies worldwide, recently shared the information below  for Ukrainian national regarding various U.S. visa procedures: Nonimmigrant visa for temporary stays in the U.S.  Other than sponsored work visas, most nonimmigrant visas require proof that an applicant will return to their home country. They are not “the […]

March 07, 2022

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to […]

January 12, 2022

USCIS Announces Potential Interview Cancellations due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

A recent update has been issued on the USCIS Response to COVID-19 webpage due to the surge of the COVID-19 omicron variant. From USCIS: Due to increased spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, USCIS field offices may need to reschedule appointments based on local conditions. We will send notices to applicants and petitioners with previously scheduled […]

December 23, 2021

Department of State Expands Waiver of In-Person Interviews for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants at U.S. Embassies through December 31, 2022

Most visa applications at U.S. embassies require in-person interview before approval of a non-immigrant visa.  Consequently, visa applicants typically have to schedule a visa appointment, which could be many months away. However, embassies always had some ability or authorization to waive the need for an in-person interview.  .  On December 23, 2021,  the Department  of […]

December 14, 2021

(USCIS NOTICE) Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

Regarding natural disasters like the recent tornadoes in Kentucky, the USCIS published this  important reminder: USCIS is reminding the public that we offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the recent tornadoes in Kentucky and surrounding states. The […]