USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

On July 1, 2020, the USCIS announced that they are extending flexibility to applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to Revoke; Notices of...

USCIS Filing Fee Increases are coming

On November 14, 2019, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to increase filing fees.  This USCIS proposed fee chart was published after an internal review concluded that the current USCIS fee structure does not...

USCIS Updates Rejection Criteria for I-129

Beginning August 5, 2019,  the USCIS will reject Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of Form I-129. DHS Regulations require that all forms are...

Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

The USCIS has instituted a new policy which will change the process of accruing unlawful presence for certain mon immigrants. The new policy memo changes the time line for accruing unlawful presence for  F, J and M nonimmigrants, and their dependents, admitted or...

Policy Change: Request for Evidence and Notice to Appear

In a new policy memo issued July 13, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided updated guidelines to its officers which makes it easier to deny H-1B applications without issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)....

Who can sign Immigration forms?

The USICS issued a final policy memorandum clarifying who can sign immigration forms.  The February 15, 2018 memo, confirmed that “petitioners and applicants who seek immigration benefits must provide a valid signature on forms submitted.”    The USCIS...

USCIS resumes processing of DACA

“Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was...