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DHS Announces TPS Designation for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone
November 21, 2014
DHS has designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months effective 11/21/2014. The 180-day registration period begins 11/21/2014 and runs through 5/20/2015. Eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the US may apply for TPS with USCIS and can also obtain an EAD to work in the US. To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been “continuously residing” in the US since 11/20/2014 and “continuously physically present in” the US since 11/21/2014.
H2B Cap Count Update
November 14, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2015 employment. As of November 10, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 10,682 beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2015.
Temporary Protected Status: USCIS Issues Reminder to Applicants and Re-registrants
November 6, 2014
USCIS has reminded that all Temporary Protected Status applicants (TPS) and Re-registrants over 14 years old must submit their biometrics. USCIS will schedule an appointment for TPS Applicants and Re-registrants to go to an Application Support Center (ASC) to have their biometrics electronically captured about four to eight weeks after they file Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status). USCIS has reminded that if TPS beneficiaries do not attend their scheduled ASC appointment, they will delay the processing of their application and may lose their TPS.
USCIS Expands Definitions of “Mother” and “Parent” for Immigration Purposes
November 1, 2014
USCIS has issued a new policy clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under the new policy, a non-genetic gestational mother (person who carried and gave birth to the child), who is also the child’s legal mother, may be recognized in the same way as genetic legal mothers are treated under the INA.
H2B Cap Count Update
August 06, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2013 employment. As of August 2, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 26,860 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
DHS Announces 18-Month TPS Extension for Nicaragua and Honduras
October 18, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be extending the designation of Nicaragua and Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016. Current Nicaragua and Honduras beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from October 16, 2014, through December 15, 2014. Eligible Nicaragua and Honduras TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of July 5, 2016.
H2B Cap Count Update
October 8, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of September 30, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 26,286 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2014.
DHS Announces 18-Month TPS Extension for Sudan
September 5, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be extending the designation of Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from November 3, 2014 through May 2, 2016. Current Sudanese beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from September 2, 2014, through November 3, 2014. Eligible Sudan TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of May 2, 2016.
H2B Cap Count Update
August 27, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the 2nd half of fiscal year 2014 and 1st half of fiscal year 2015 employment. As of August 22, 2014, USCIS has approved filings on behalf of approximately 25,915 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2014.
H2B Cap Count Update
July 24, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of July 18, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 24,769 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2014.

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