USCIS to Expand Premium Processing

USCIS to Expand Premium Processing

On March 30, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule to expand its Premium Processing Service to enable applicants to pay additional fees in return for faster processing times in certain immigration categories. The final rule will be effective 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. USCIS plans to …

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U.S. Redesignates and Extends TPS for South Sudan

U.S. Redesignates and Extends TPS for South Sudan

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is granting an 18-month redesignation and extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan. The designation will be in place from May 3, 2022, through November 3, 2023. The extension permits qualifying South Sudan beneficiaries to re-register and keep TPS through November 3, 2023, provided they continue …

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USCIS on Legal Immigration for Q4 of FY2021

USCIS on Legal Immigration for Q4 of FY2021

The Department of Homeland Security issued a report summarizing recent trends in legal immigration during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2021. The quarterly report covers four immigration categories handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: lawful permanent residents, refugee arrivals, naturalizations and nonimmigrant (I-94) admissions. The data indicates that while some immigration categories have …

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CRS Issues Report on the EB-5 Visa Program

CRS Issues Report on the EB-5 Visa Program

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) on December 16, 2021, released a report with updates on the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The program enables a foreign national investor to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States if he or she invests a requisite amount of capital and meet certain requirements, including creating at least …

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CRS Reports on the Visa Waiver Program

Visa Waiver Program

The Congressional Research Service, on October 12, 2021, released a report evaluating the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows nationals from certain countries to visit the United States for business or pleasure without having to obtain a visa. The program aims to boost tourism and strengthen national security.  While the consensus is that the VWP …

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The U.S Secretary of State Added Croatia to the Visa Waiver Program

Starting December 1, 2021, citizens of Croatia are eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver program. The program permits citizens of 40 countries including Croatia to enter the U.S. as visitors for business or pleasure for up to 90 days without first obtaining a U.S. visa. To qualify, each eligible applicant from a Visa Waiver …

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Court Orders USCIS to Issue an RFE to Certain Employment Based Applicants

Court Orders USCIS to Issue an RFE to Certain Employment Based Applicants

A federal judge ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should have sent a Request for Evidence (RFE) to an Indian executive beneficiary of an employment-based immigrant visa petition, in addition to the petitioning employer. The case involves a federal statute that allows a foreign national to switch jobs while their adjustment application remains pending. The …

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