The Department of Homeland Security is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective 3/9/21 through 9/9/22. This new designation enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible for the Temporary Protected Status, individuals must be able to demonstrate continuous [...]


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has been experiencing delays in issuing receipts notices for Form I?765 for optional practical training (OPT) for F?1 students, due to COVID?19 restrictions, a dramatic increase in filings, postal service volume and delays, and other external factors. On February 26, USCIS announced flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I?765, Application for Employment Authorization. These [...]


Shuyuan Tian, Esq. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to revert to administering the 2008 civics test to naturalization applicants, beginning March 1, 2021. Pursuant to the new policy, anyone who filed for naturalization before December 1, 2020, or on or after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 civics test.  Applicants who filed the application on or after December 1, 2020 and before March 1, 2021, may have the [...]


FY2021 H-1B visa Cap Has Been Reached:On February 16, 2021, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2021.USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise EXEMPT from the cap and are filed to:* Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the [...]


USCIS to Launch 2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Registration Starting March 1 February 28, 2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 20. Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives will be able to register during this time period. Submitting an H-1B registration requires a USCIS online [...]


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