USCIS Waives Interviews for Certain Adjustment of Status Applicants

USCIS has begun exercising case-by-case discretion in waiving in-person interviews for certain adjustment of status applicants. As background, on October 1, 2017, and onward, the prior administration began requiring that all adjustment of status applications based on employment be interviewed prior to adjudicating each application. By mid-2021, USCIS is exercising its discretion to waiver such …

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USCIS Announces Suspension of H-1B Petition Premium Processing

In a surprise announcement on March 3, 2017, USCIS advised that it will suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017.  April 3, 2017 is the earliest date that U.S. employers can file cap subject H-1B petitions for FY 2018, which begins on October 1, 2017.  The suspension applies to …

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New I-9 is Now Available On Line

On November 16, 2016, USCIS advised that its new Form I-9 can now be downloaded and used by employers.  The current I-9 version issued on March 8, 2013 can be used until January 17, 2017.  After that date, the new I-9 must be used. Highlights on the newly revised I-9 include drop-down lists and calendars …

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USCIS Extends TPS for Nepal

On October 26, 2016, USCIS announced an extension of designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, in the United States for an additional 18 month period, effective from December 25, 2016, through June 24, 2018.  According to USCIS, the extension permits Nepalese citizens to extend TPS status and employment authorization for this additional …

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