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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 […]

Ukraine is Designated Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

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DHS announced that they have designated Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and […]

USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap

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USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. They have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for […]

New Form I-9 Guidance for T and U visa Holders

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The statuses of T and U nonimmigrants (victims of human trafficking and certain other crimes) are granted for up to four years and may be extended under certain circumstances. Family members of T and U nonimmigrants may also qualify for these statuses. T and U nonimmigrants are either authorized to work incident to their immigration […]

No More Biometrics Fee For Certain Work Permit Applications

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USCIS announced that certain I-765 applicants will not longer have to pay the $85 biometrics fee. Only the applicants in the following categories must pay the $85 biometrics fee: (c)(33) Requesting consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); (c)(35) A beneficiary of an approved employment-based immigrant petition and you are facing compelling circumstances; (c)(36) […]

2023 H-1B Cap Registration Opens on March 1

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online […]

USCIS Opens New LockBox Facility

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In November 2021 USCIS announced that it would be opening a new lockbox facility. This new facility is located in Elgin, Michigan. On Feb. 1, USCIS added Elgin as a filing location for certain applicants filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. In the coming weeks, they will move additional workloads to the Elgin […]