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USCIS Working to Simplify Online Case Processing System

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USCIS is working towards improving and simplifying its current online case processing system. This comes as part of their goal to improve transparency, efficiency, and customer service. These changes will help customers get quicker responses to their questions and inquiries on the website. With the new changes, customers can immediately find the processing time for […]

USCIS Temporarily Extends Automatic Extensions of Work Permits Up to 540 Days

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USCIS issued a temporary final rule that increases the automatic extension period  for employment authorization documents from 180 days to 540 days. This rule is in response to the enormous backlog that USCIS has faced with issuing EADs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused staffing shortages, shutdowns, and reduced capacity which ahs […]

DHS Announces New Measures to Better Serve Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Travelers

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new measures to better serve all Americans, regardless of their gender identity. Through technology updates, process changes, and expanded partnerships, TSA and CBP are improving their screening procedures and ensuring they are conducted in a manner that respects the dignity of each individual. These measures are part of […]

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Ukraine and Sudan

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced the 18-month designation of Ukraine for TPS and the 18-month designation of Sudan for TPS. The registration process for both countries begins on April 19, 2022. All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ukraine or Sudan must file an application. To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals […]

Online Filing For DACA

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that individuals who previously received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may now file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, online. “The expansion of online filing is a priority for USCIS as we make our operations more efficient and effective for the […]

2023 H-1B Cap Season Updates

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H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. We […]

Afghanistan Designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of March 15, 2022, will be eligible for TPS. “This TPS designation will help to protect Afghan nationals who have already been living in the […]

Sudan Designated Temporary Protected Status and South Sudan Re-designated Temporary Protected Status

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new designation of Sudan and an extension and re-designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Secretary Mayorkas made these decisions after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the conditions in these countries. The TPS designation of Sudan for 18 months […]

DHS and DOJ Issue Rule to Efficiently and Fairly Process Asylum Claims

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) are issuing a rule to improve and expedite processing of asylum claims made by noncitizens subject to expedited removal, ensuring that those who are eligible for asylum are granted relief quickly, and those who are not are promptly removed. The rule authorizes asylum officers […]