E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown Jan03

E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

Due to the government shutdown, E-Verify and E-Verify services are currently unavailable. is a United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees, both U.S. or foreign citizens, to work in the U.S. At this time, employers will not be able to access th...

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USCIS Updates Advance Parole Information on Website Jan03

USCIS Updates Advance Parole Information on Website

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its website to address international travel and pending Form I-131, Advance Parole, renewal applications. Form I-131, Advance Parole is used to apply for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole travel document, to include parole into the ...

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Impacts of the Government Shutdown on USCIS Jan03

Impacts of the Government Shutdown on USCIS

As of today, the United States is still under a partial federal government shutdown due to the fact that an fiscal year budget has not been agreed upon. However, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)'s fee-funded activities are not affected. USCIS offices will remain open and all individuals should attend int...

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iCERT Operational Again After Malfunction Jan08

iCERT Operational Again After Malfunction

On January 1, 2019, the Department of Labor’s (DOL)  experienced a malfunction following an unprecedented surge in H-2B temporary labor certification filings on the first day of the program's semi-annual filing period. After being offline for several days, DOL brought the iCERT system back online on January 7, 2019. iCERT is th...

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Other Immigration Impacts of the Government Shutdown Jan08

Other Immigration Impacts of the Government Shutdown

As the federal shutdown continues, most immigration functions remain operational. In a , we noted which functions of USCIS were affected by the shutdown. Until the U.S. Congress and President Trump reach an agreement on the unresolved portions of the FY 2019 federal budget or an interim measure, the shutdown will continue to impact s...

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February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Jan16

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 8, 2017 (Advancement of 56 days) India:                      ...

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USCIS Launches Online Fee Calculator to Curb Incorrect Fee Payments Jan16

USCIS Launches Online Fee Calculator to Curb Incorrect Fee Payments

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new to provide assistance in calculating fee amounts when filing forms with USCIS using an agency lockbox facility. A list of forms that are processed at USCIS lockbox facilities can be found . The Online Fee Calculator was created to help reduce the am...

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Temporary End to the Partial Government Shutdown Jan29

Temporary End to the Partial Government Shutdown

The United States Senate and House of Representatives passed a spending measure that temporarily ended the partial government shutdown through February 15, 2019. As mentioned in , a handful of by the partial government shutdown. With this temporary spending measure, functions that lapsed due to the shutdown, including the E-Verif...

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USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Jan30

USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be cases starting on Monday, January 28. for FY 2019 H-1B cap cases and was expected to remain suspended through February 19, 2019. Premium processing remains suspended for H-1B change of employer, amendment, and non-cap subject change of statu...

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DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Cap Feb01

DHS Announces Changes to the H-1B Cap

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will make significant changes to the H-1B cap process. As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been working on a proposal to make changes to the H-1B cap process. What’s Changing...

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