U.S. Immigration Updates- Week of April 4, 2022

USCIS Announcement 2023 H-1B Cap Season Update U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released several updates related to the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap season: · USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the FY 2023 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). …

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U.S. Immigration Updates- Week of March 28, 2022

USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a trio of efforts to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system. USCIS will set new agency-wide backlog reduction goals, expand premium …

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U.S. Immigration Updates-Week of March 14, 2022

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed – Reauthorizes Certain Immigration Programs The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, an omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Biden on March 11, reauthorizes certain immigration programs. These include e-Verify, the special immigrant non-minister religious worker program, and the Conrad 30 waiver program through the end of this fiscal …

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U.S. Immigration Updates-Week of February 21, 2022

Eligible Applicants Urged to Switch Employment-Based Categories U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is encouraging eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status applications to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories. USCIS said this is …

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U.S. Immigration Updates- Week of February 14, 2022

House Republicans Introduce Their Own Immigration Bill An immigration bill newly introduced by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives could serve as a springboard for a bipartisan reform effort but finding compromise could prove challenging given the political polarization surrounding the immigration debate. The bill, dubbed the Dignity Act, offers a pathway to citizenship, …

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