USCIS Immigration News

Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras April 19, 2019

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for May 2016 reflects a final action date  of January 1, 2010*, for EB-4 visas for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This means that starting in May, applicants from these countries who filed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian,..

USCIS Commemorates Second Anniversary of Buy American and Hire American Executive Order April 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— Since President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order in April 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented it through rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes that protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and prevent..

USCIS Strengthens Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors April 13, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced additional guidance (PDF, 222 KB) regarding the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors, following up on the agency’s February update to its policy. The guidance, published as an..

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.USCIS will use..

Mayor of Bacum, Mexico Sentenced for False Statement in Application and Use of a United States Passport April 10, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – On April 8, 2019, Rogelio Aboyte Limon, 47, of Bacum, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Raner C. Collins to 15 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Aboyte Limon had previously pleaded guilty to false..

USCIS Partners with Joint Task Force-West to Stop Transnational Criminal Organizations April 10, 2019

MCALLEN, Texas—Since the creation of the Southern Border and Approaches Campaign in December 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been an active partner within Joint Task Force-West (JTF-W) South Texas Corridor, providing assistance in intelligence..

Hampden Woman Sentenced to Five Years of Probation for Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud April 6, 2019

BANGOR, Maine - United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Marena Mushero, 28, recently of Hampden, Maine, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Lance E. Walker to five years of probation for conspiring to enter a marriage in order to evade..

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Individuals with Temporary Protected Status under South Sudan’s Designation April 5, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under South Sudan’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on Nov. 2, 2020,..

Non-Profit Organization Operator Pleads Guilty for Her Role in Armenian for-Profit U.S. Visa Fraud Scheme April 4, 2019

Stella Boyadjian, 48, of Rego Park, New York pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to unlawfully bring in aliens, visa fraud, and aggravated identity theft before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara in the Eastern District of New York for her role in a multi-year visa..

Consultants From California And Texas Charged With Visa Fraud And Conspiracy April 2, 2019

Eleven-Count Indictment Alleges Defendants’ Staffing Company Submitted Fraudulent Applications for High-Tech Worker VisasSAN JOSE - A federal grand jury indicted Kishore Dattapuram, Kumar Aswapathi, and Santosh Giri, charging the defendants in a visa fraud scheme,..

Owner of Information Technology Companies Sentenced To 15 Months in Prison for Visa Fraud and Tax Fraud March 29, 2019

USCIS Identified H-1B Visa Fraud and Initiated InvestigationNEWARK, N.J. – An owner of two information technology companies was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for his role in using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H-1B visas for foreign workers and..

Rochester Man Sentenced For Visa Fraud March 28, 2019

USCIS assisted in case combatting H-1B Visa FraudROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced last week that Anjaneyulu Katam, 46, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of visa fraud, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison and fined $5,000..

McKees Rocks Man Sentenced for Role in Marriage Scam March 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to one year of probation on his conviction of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit offenses against the United States, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady..

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..

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