USCIS Immigration News
USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs January 29, 2020
WASHINGTON— USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of..
USCIS Publishes Interim Rule on T Nonimmigrant Status January 28, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing the requirements and procedures for victims of human trafficking who seek T nonimmigrant status. DHS is also streamlining procedures, responding to public comments, and providing guidance on the statutory requirements..
DHS Obtains Another Judicial Victory on Implementing Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule January 28, 2020
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security obtained a pivotal judicial victory today after the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a nationwide injunction that prevented the agency from enforcing its regulatory interpretation of section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a..
Law School Graduate Who Posed As Licensed Attorney Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft December 19, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. — Roberta A. Guedes has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a fraudulent scheme wherein she posed and practiced law as a licensed attorney. Guedes faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been..
USCIS Expands Guidance Related to Naturalization Requirement of Good Moral Character December 13, 2019
WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services expanded its policy guidance (PDF, 290 KB) regarding unlawful acts that may prevent an applicant from meeting the good moral character (GMC) requirement for naturalization. The commission of, or conviction or imprisonment for, an..
USCIS Implements Two Decisions from the Attorney General on Good Moral Character Determinations December 11, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced new policy guidance (PDF, 404 KB) implementing two decisions from the attorney general regarding how two or more DUI convictions affect good moral character (GMC) requirements and how post-sentencing changes to criminal..
Judicial Victories in Public Charge Cases Give Trump Admin. Confidence for Implementation of Long-standing Law December 10, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services obtained judicial victories in decisions issued by the Ninth Circuit last week and the Fourth Circuit Monday to stay the injunctions and respect the legal authority vested in the Administration by the U.S. Congress to enforce long-standing..
USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season December 7, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it has completed a successful pilot testing phase and is implementing the registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those..
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2020 November 25, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2020.Nov. 15 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start..
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USCIS to Deter Frivolous or Fraudulent Asylum Seekers from Obtaining Work Authorizations November 13, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a proposed rule to deter aliens from illegally entering the United States and from filing frivolous, fraudulent or otherwise non-meritorious asylum applications in order to obtain employment authorization.The proposed rule will..
USCIS Proposes to Adjust Fees to Meet Operational Needs November 9, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to adjust the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Examinations Fee Account fee schedule.Fees collected and deposited into the IEFA fund nearly 96% of USCIS’..
Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting False Statements in Connection with a Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud November 8, 2019
NEW BERN, N.C. –Marlilyn Godshall of Wilmington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting fraudulent statements. United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr. sentenced Godshall to 12 months of probation.Homeland Security Investigations initiated an inquiry with U.S...
USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration November 7, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system. The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort..
USCIS Assists in Case Where Federal Grand Jury Indicts Lawyer and Accountant in Visa Fraud Scheme to Obtain LPR Status for South Korean Nationals November 7, 2019
LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has indicted two men in a scheme to obtain lawful permanent resident status for South Korean nationals by submitting fraudulent visa applications that falsely claimed American businesses wanted to hire skilled foreign workers.The indictment, returned on Nov. 1,..