USCIS Clarifies Guidance on Adopting a Child Through the Hague Adoption Convention Process

USCIS Clarifies Guidance on Adopting a Child Through the Hague Adoption Convention Process

Editorial credit: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com On June 14, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify how prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) can adopt a child through the Hague Adoption Convention process. This policy manual update affirms our commitment to the standards and principles of the Hague Adoption Convention, including […]

USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Visas

USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on family-based immigrant visa petitions (including Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and, in limited situations, family-based Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant). This includes explaining how we handle correcting approval notice errors and requests for consular processing or adjustment of status, as well as routing procedures for approved petitions. A petitioner submitting Form I-130 must inform USCIS of the beneficiary’s current address and whether the beneficiary wants consular […]

USCIS Changes Fee Payment Process for Filing In-Person

USCIS Changes Fee Payment Process for Filing In-Person

We are starting a new process for most applicants, petitioners, and requestors, and their attorneys and accredited representatives to pay for certain benefit request forms by mail or remotely instead of in person at a field office. Under the new process, applicants may mail either a check or Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, to the […]

USCIS Will Launch Organizational Accounts and Online Filing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for H-1B Petitioners

USCIS Will Launch Organizational Accounts and Online Filing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for H-1B Petitioners

Editorial credit: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com In February, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will launch online organizational accounts and make Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, available for online filing for H-1B petitioners for fiscal year (FY) 2025. What You Need to Know All legal representative account holders and all organizations with an H-1B registrant account, as well as new users, will […]

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for International Students

Editorial credit: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States. This […]

USCIS Announces Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

USCIS Announces Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

Editorial credit: Lyonstock / Shutterstock.com U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation. The USCIS Stabilization Act established the current premium processing fees and the authority for the Department of Homeland Security to adjust the premium fees on a biennial basis. After leaving these […]

USCIS Proposes Significant Changes to the H-1B Program

USCIS Proposes Significant Changes to the H-1B Program

By Leslie Dellon | Nov 3, 2023 The H-1B program may undergo significant changes as early as October 1, 2024. The Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a 94-page proposed rule to “modernize” the H-1B program.   The H-1B is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa category for employers to petition for workers in […]

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding the 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for the J Nonimmigrant Classification

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding the 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for the J Nonimmigrant Classification

Editorial credit: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the 2-year foreign residence requirement for the nonimmigrant exchange visitor (J) classification. The update adds information about how USCIS determines whether the requirement has been met, the evidence a benefit requestor may submit to show compliance with […]

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