H1B Cap Update: USCIS Returns Petitions Unselected In The H1B Lottery

USCIS has announced that it has returned all FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the H-1B lottery. Petitioners who submitted an H-1B cap petition during the first 5 business days of April 2018, and who have not received the Receipt Notice or the returned petition by August 13, may contact USCIS […]

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CNMI CW-1 Cap Raised, Employers Must Enrol In E-Verify

President Trump has signed a new law extending the CNMI CW-1 program that allows employers within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to seek permission to employ foreign workers who are otherwise ineligible to work in the CNMI under other nonimmigrant worker categories. Under the new law: The CNMI CW-1 program has been […]

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Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests: USCIS Implements Phase 2

The second phase of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST) has been introduced by the USCIS. FIRST is a new system for online processing of Freedom of Immigration Act (FOIA) requests. The first phase of FIRST implementation enabled requesters who have an immigration court date pending and who filed an FOIA […]

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Form N-565: USCIS Allows Online Filing By Attorneys

USCIS has announced that Attorneys and Accredited Representatives can now file Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document for their clients using their myUSCIS online account. The Form N-565 is used to apply for a replacement Declaration of Intention; Naturalization Certificate; Certificate of Citizenship; Repatriation Certificate; or to apply for a special certificate of naturalization […]

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USCIS Updates Guidance On Issuance Of NTAs

USCIS has issued a Policy Memorandum updating the guidelines USCIS officers use to determine when to issue a Notice to Appear (NTA). An NTA is a document given to an alien that instructs them to appear before an immigration judge on a certain date. The issuance of an NTA commences removal proceedings against the alien. […]

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