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USCIS Announces CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Limit

CW-1 Nonimmigrant Classification Limit Set at 15,000 for FY 2013 WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2013 limit for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Workers (CW-1) is 15,000. The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA) requires an annual reduction of the number of CW-1s, […]

USCIS Announces FY 2012 Grant Recipients On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

$5 Million Awarded to Expand Citizenship Preparation Programs for Permanent Residents WASHINGTON—As part of its celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the award of approximately $5 million in grants designed to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. Thirty-one immigrant-serving organizations from 21 […]

USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility

Proposal would reduce time that U.S. citizens are separated from immediate relatives WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register  that would reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses, children, and parents (i.e. immediate relatives) who must obtain an immigrant visa abroad […]

USCIS Naturalizes Former Refugees to Commemorate World Refugee Day

 State Department official, best-selling author recognized as ‘Outstanding Americans by Choice’ WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute administered the Oath of Allegiance to 19 former refugees during a special naturalization ceremony at the Department of State (DOS) Thursday to commemorate World Refugee Day. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and […]

USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2014 on April 1, 2013

Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions to Begin April 15, 2013   WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the […]

DHS Outlines Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

USCIS to begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action on August 15, 2012 WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today provided additional information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process during a national media call in preparation for the August 15 implementation date.   On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that […]

Public Comment Period Ends for Proposed Rule to Create a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process

USCIS to Review Comments and Reminds Public that Rule is Not Yet in Effect WASHINGTON—Today the formal public comment period closes for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS)  Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives rule. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2012, proposes a new filing process […]

DHS Announces Re-designation and 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has re-designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015. This allows eligible nationals of Syria to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with a notice published today in the Federal Register. U.S. […]

USCIS Reaches Milestone for Third Straight Year: 10,000 U Visas Approved in Fiscal Year 2012

U Visa Protects Victims of Crime and Strengthens Law Enforcement Efforts WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today marked a significant milestone in its efforts to provide relief to victims of crimes by approving the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status, also referred to as the U-visa.  This is the third straight year […]

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