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New Final Rule Regarding I-140 Priority Date Retention, Portability, and Issuance of EAD to Certain Individuals Published
November 18, 2016
A Final Rule with provisions regarding I-140 priority date retention, portability, issuance of an EAD to certain individuals whose I-140 priority dates were retrogressed and where an Adjustment of Status application could not be filed, and extending employment authorization for those with pending EAD renewal applications has been published. The Final Rule will be effective as of 01/16/2017.
USCIS Announces Fee Increases for First Time in Six Years
November 1, 2016
USCIS has announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register increasing USCIS fees for the vast majority of USCIS petitions and applications. The fee changes will become effective on Friday, December 23, 2016. All applications received on or after December 23, 2016 must contain the new fee amount or the application will be rejected by USCIS.
USCIS Publishes New Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
October 3, 2016
USCIS has published a new Form I-131A, The new form is available to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for a carrier document if they are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than one year, and their Green Card has been lost, stolen or destroyed; or if they are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than two years, and their Reentry Permit has been lost, stolen or destroyed.
EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Through December 9, 2016
October 3, 2016
The EB-5 Regional Center Program, and the EB-4 non-minister special immigrant program for certain religious workers, which were scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016, have been extended until December 9, 2016. Following the extension, USCIS has updated the USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Charts information for these two programs.
USCIS October 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
September 22, 2016
USCIS has announced the Adjustment of Status Filing Charts for October 2016, providing information on which Green Card applicants can file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS in October 2016.
Visa Bulletin October 2016: EB-2 and EB-3 Priority Dates Advance For All Countries
September 13, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin October 2016 shows advancement in EB-2 and EB-3 categories for all countries in the Application Final Action Dates chart. EB-1 China and EB-1 India have become Current again. Significant changes were also seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which chart may be used in October 2016 for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS.
USCIS September 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
August 11, 2016
USCIS has announced that the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for September 2016 must be used for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS in September 2016.
Visa Bulletin September 2016: EB-2 and EB-3 Priority Dates Advance for India
August 9, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin September 2016 shows advancement for EB-2 India, EB-3 India and EB-3 Philippines in the Application Final Action Dates chart. EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates remained stagnant for China. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which chart may be used in September 2016 for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS.
Change In Filing Address For Certain H-1B and H-1B1 Petitions
August 9, 2016
H-1B employers must keep in mind the recent change in filing address for certain H-1B and H-1B1 petitions. Starting September 1, 2016, certain H-1B and H-1B1 petitions are to be filed at Nebraska Service Center alone.
OPT STEM Extension Reminder: August 8 Deadline to Apply for 7 Month Extension is Approaching
August 3, 2016
Foreign students on F-1 OPT who currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension and who qualify to apply for adding 7 months to their STEM OPT period must properly file the Form I-765 on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016.
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