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Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010 WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of […]

E-Verify Receives High Ratings in Customer Survey

Released Feb. 21, 2013 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced that users of E-Verify, the free Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States, have given the program high marks in a recent customer survey. More than 1,300 randomly selected employers […]

USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual

 Resource designed to enhance consistency and efficiency of immigration adjudications WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today began the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual– the Citizenship and Naturalization volume. Today’s release follows an unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies […]

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Salvadorans

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning Sept. 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015. Current Salvadoran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 30, 2013, through […]

Chicago Lockbox Extends Hours to Accept EB-4 Filings That Meet April Visa Bulletin

As recently announced, the employment-based fourth preference (EB-4) visa limits have been reached for fiscal year 2016 for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The May 2016 Department of State Visa Bulletin reflects this situation, which means that starting May 1, USCIS will no longer be able to accept Form I-485 from applicants […]

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Hondurans

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015. Current Honduran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from April 3, 2013, through June […]

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nicaraguans

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015. Current Nicaraguan beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from April 3, 2013, through […]

USCIS Seeks Public Comment on Revisions to Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The public is invited to comment on the revisions […]

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