USCIS Immigration News

DHS s’apprête à mettre en œuvre un Programme d’exceptions pour le regroupement des familles haïtiennes February 17, 2019

English version WASHINGTON—Dès le début de l’année 2015, le Ministère de la Sécurité intérieure (Department of Homeland Security ou DHS) mettra en œuvre un Programme d’exceptions pour le regroupement des familles haïtiennes (HFRP) afin de procurer..

Elk Grove Man Arrested, Charged For Adult Adoption Scheme To Defraud Undocumented Immigrants: Americans Helping America Chamber of Commerce Promised Citizenship to Members of Its “Migration Program” for a Price February 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Helaman Hansen, 63, of Elk Grove, was arrested today after a federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, 11 counts of mail fraud, and one count of wire fraud for operating a..

USCIS Strengthens Guidance on Spousal Petitions Involving Minors February 15, 2019

Guidance Clarifies Agency Requirements for Petition WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is publishing guidance for its officers to consider when adjudicating spousal petitions involving minors. The guidance, published..

Owner of Information Technology Staffing Company Charged With Visa and Naturalization Fraud February 6, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was arrested this morning for allegedly submitting 11 fraudulent H-1B visa applications as well as fraudulently procuring his own citizenship, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.Neeraj Sharma, 43, of Piscataway, New..

USCIS to Close the Moscow Field Office February 6, 2019

Due to a significant decrease in workload, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Moscow, Russia, on March 29, 2019. The last day the office will be open to the public and accepting applications is Feb. 28, 2019. The USCIS field office in Athens, Greece, will..

DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants, Final Rule Posted February 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations today to improve the programs serving the H-1B1, E-3 and CW-1 nonimmigrant classifications and the EB-1 immigrant classification, and remove unnecessary hurdles that place such workers at a..

USCIS Plays Critical Role in Investigation Leading to the Arrest of New York Immigration Attorney for Immigration Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft February 2, 2019

NEW YORK—Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Glenn Sorge, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced today..

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Thai National in Alleged Immigration Fraud Scheme February 1, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal grand jury in Providence, R.I., returned a 26-count indictment on Tuesday charging Nimon Naphaeng, 34, a native and citizen of Thailand, who currently resides in Wakefield, R.I., with allegedly running an immigration fraud scheme which..

Jury Convicts Columbus Man of Illegally Gaining Citizenship January 31, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A United States District Court jury convicted Maqsood Haroon, 41, of Columbus, Ohio, of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization. Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Marlon V. Miller, Special..

DHS Announces Final Rule for a More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by..

USCIS Makes Two More Applications Available for Online Filing January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants can now complete and file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322..

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Sudan January 29, 2019

Release Date: Jan. 25, 2016 WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict and..

USCIS Announces Online Case Status Feature for Asylum Applicants January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that applicants who have a pending affirmative asylum application with USCIS can now check the status of their applications online at Only asylum applicants with an..

JTF-W STC Arrests USCIS Target Tied To Illicit Funds, Marriage Fraud January 17, 2019

MCALLEN, TEXAS – On January 8, 2019, agents assigned to the Joint Task Force - West, South Texas Corridor’s McAllen Joint Targeting Team (JTT) in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Constables Office,..

New USCIS Tool Calculates Fees, Helps Avoid Incorrect Payments January 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— USCIS has launched a new Online Fee Calculator to assist members of the public in calculating the correct fee amount to include when filing their forms with USCIS at an agency lockbox facility. A list of forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities is..

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