USCIS Implements Targeted Anti-Fraud Initiatives Jul12

USCIS Implements Targeted Anti-Fraud Initiatives

On June 28, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner published her most recent annual report to Congress, revealing USCIS’ intensified anti-fraud initiatives as well as confirming processing delays for multiple applications. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent entity, created by Congress, design...

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Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders Jul16

Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders

According to a recent USCIS will greatly expand its mandate for issuing NTAs without first consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). USCIS officers will now issue NTAs and thereby place individuals in removal proceedings upon the denial of an application or petition for immigration benefits if the individual is deemed re...

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New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny Jul16

New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided a According to this new guidance, effective September 11, 2018, USCIS adjudicators will have full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID),...

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USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear Aug03

USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear

Previously, that the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided regarding issuances of Notices to Appear (NTA). Specifically, this new guidance stated that USCIS officers would issue NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where the applica...

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Prudential Revocation of Nonimmigrant Visas Aug12

Prudential Revocation of Nonimmigrant Visas

In accordance with The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and its amendments, the Secretary of State has the authority to revoke a visa at any time. The State Department (DOS) has revoked visas based on receipt of derogatory information, such as an arrest (i.e., Driving Under the Influence (DUI)), without the need for co...

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USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT Aug24

USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT

The United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the in order to provide important clarifications. Specifically, students and employers will be required to report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity using modified Form I-983. Employers will be required to report the STEM...

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USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence Aug24

USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence

On August 9, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a related to unlawful presence. Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants with F (student) and M (vocational student) visas who fall out of status and file in a timely manner for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence sus...

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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing Aug31

USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

In March 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a of premium processing for H-1B petitions that are subject to the H-1B CAP. On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced an to include certain additional H-1B petitions beginning on September 11, 2018. USCIS claims that the suspension and expansion will help the Se...

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Updated Guidance on Notices to Appear Oct01

Updated Guidance on Notices to Appear

On September 27, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a teleconference to discuss the . What is a Notice to Appear? Form I-862, Notice to Appear (NTA), is a document issued to foreign nationals who are deemed “removable” from the United States. Recipients of NTAs must app...

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Highlights from Teleconference on USCIS Policy Update on RFEs and NOIDs Oct01

Highlights from Teleconference on USCIS Policy Update on RFEs and NOIDs

On September 6, 2018, the Office of the CIS Ombudsman hosted a teleconference on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy updates of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) that was issued on . Our office with information about this new guidance. Below, please find further i...

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