USCIS Immigration News

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..

USCIS Releases Report on Arrest Histories of Illegal Aliens who Request DACA   November 16, 2019

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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,..

Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting False Statements in Connection with a Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud November 6, 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...

Tampa Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Immigration Fraud Scheme Stretching from Tampa to Chicago November 2, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Erika Paola Intriago pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a fraud scheme involving her posing as an immigration attorney to victims in Chicago and Tampa. Intriago faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.According to..

Armenian Citizen Pleads Guilty for His Role in For-Profit U.S. Visa Fraud Scheme November 1, 2019

NEW YORK—A man residing in Glendale, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully bring in aliens and visa fraud for his role in a multi-year visa fraud scheme that brought Armenian citizens into the United States for profit.Hrachya Atoyan, 32, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate..

USCIS Makes Another Form Available for Online Filing October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that petitioners can now complete and file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, online. Online filing allows aliens to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case, and receive notices from USCIS. “Form..

USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced beginning on Nov. 29, it is adjusting the fee to request premium processing for certain employment-based petitions.The premium processing fee will increase to $1,440 from the current fee of $1,410 for Form I-129, Petition..

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