USCIS Immigration News

USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes March 20, 2019

Simple, smart changes to make the H-1B visa program work better WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and..

USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016 March 18, 2019

USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Follow Regulatory Requirements WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ..

Statut de protection temporaire prolongé pour la Guinée, le Liberia, la Sierra Leone pendant six mois March 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Le Secrétaire à la Sécurité Intérieure, Jeh Johnson, a prolongé le Statut de Protection Temporaire (SPT) de la Guinée, du Liberia et de la Sierra Leone pour un délai supplémentaire de six mois.  Bien que des améliorations significatives aient..

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Six Months March 17, 2019

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended the designations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional six months.  Although there have been significant improvements in the conditions in all three..

Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced March 16, 2019

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Ravi Babu Kolla, 47, an Indian foreign national residing in Panama City, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  On Tuesday, his co-defendant Krystal Cloud, 40, of Altha,..

5 Arrested in Scheme that Hired People to Take English Proficiency Exam on Behalf of Chinese Nationals Seeking Student Visas March 14, 2019

LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities this morning arrested five defendants linked to a scheme that helped Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring individuals who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students.The arrests..

USCIS Provided Assist Leading to Indictments on Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud and Related Immigration Charges March 13, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an indictment charging Levan Lomtatidze, 44, a citizen of the country of Georgia; Melissa Anne Godshall, 31, a..

USCIS Plays Critical Role in Investigation Leading to the indictment of a Miami Immigration Consultant for Fraud Scheme March 10, 2019

MIAMI - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), District Director, Linda M. Swacina announced today that a Miami-Dade woman is charged with stealing immigration application payments from her clients when she prepared fraudulent petitions filed with USCIS. ..

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunities March 9, 2019

Grants will support citizenship preparation services for permanent residentsWASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive..

DHS Launches Known Employer Pilot Program March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the launch of a Known Employer pilot to assess a new process for employers seeking to hire certain workers through employment-based visa categories.By modifying the process U.S. Citizenship and..

USCIS Academy Training Center Opening at FLETC – Charleston Campus March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the grand opening of the USCIS Academy Training Center in South Carolina at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – Charleston campus.USCIS Deputy Director Lori Scialabba and FLETC Director..

USCIS Assists in Case Resulting in the Leader of Non-Profit Music Organization Pleading Guilty in Visa Fraud Scheme March 7, 2019

NEW YORK - Yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn, Stella Boyadjian, the operator of a non-profit organization called Big Apple Music Awards Foundation Inc., based in Rego Park, Queens, New York, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bring aliens unlawfully into the United..

USCIS Website, E-Verify Now Optimized for Mobile Devices March 2, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a series of enhancements to make its website and online products easier to use on mobile devices.Visitors will find and the Spanish site easier to read and use because the..

USCIS Closes the Moscow Field Office to Public on Feb. 28, 2019 March 1, 2019

As of Feb. 28, 2019, the USCIS field office in Moscow, Russia, is closed to the public and no longer accepting applications. Due to a significant decrease in workload, USCIS will permanently close the office on March 29, 2019. The USCIS field office in Athens, Greece, will..

USCIS Updates Fee Payment System Used in Field Offices February 28, 2019

WASHINGTON—On Feb. 25, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded the fee payment system used in field offices to 16 additional offices: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati,..

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