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  • Type: News
    Post date: Aug 24th 2017
    Body:

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address the general policies and procedures applicable to the adjudication of waivers of inadmissibility. 


    Please check this link for more information "Waiver Policies and Procedures".
     
     
  • Type: FAQ
    Post date: Aug 22nd 2017
    Body:

    Watch Video on this FAQ: I-485 applicant holding multiple jobs on EAD

    Video Transcript

    1. If you qualify under AC21 that is same or similar to the offered job under the green card or if you are going through the green card sponsoring employer, you will maintain that job. So, if you are currently maintaining that job full time and doing all other jobs at the same time or you intend to return back to that job when your green card is approved you can actually have simultaneous jobs with several different employers.

    2. A green card is based upon a job offer which could be present or future. So for example, if you are working for employer A it can be a job offer for a present job or they could be offering you a promoted position. More...

     

    Note: This is a verbatim transcript of the referenced audio/video media delivered as oral communication, and, therefore, may not conform to written grammatical or syntactical form.

  • Type: News
    Post date: Aug 16th 2017
    Body:

    USCIS generally process cases in the order they receive them. The link below provides you an estimate of how much time the office handling your case currently takes to process your type of application, petition, or request.

    USCIS Processing Time Information

  • Type: News
    Post date: Aug 15th 2017
    Body:

    USCIS recently updated the following form(s):

    Update to Form N-4, Monthly Report Naturalization Papers

    08/14/2017 12:00 AM EDT

    New edition dated 08/01/17. You may also file using these previous editions: 10/26/15, 01/22/13 and 11/09/09. 

    Update to Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions

    08/14/2017 12:00 AM EDT

    New edition dated 08/04/17. Starting 10/13/2017,  USCIS will only accept the 08/04/17 edition. Until then, you can use the 08/06/15 edition. 

    Update to Form I-854, Inter-Agency Alien Witness and Informant Record

    08/14/2017 12:00 AM EDT

    New edition dated 07/13/17. Starting 10/13/2017, USCIS will only accept the 07/13/17 edition. Until then, you can use the 03/13/15 edition. 

    For more information, please visit  Forms Updates page.

  • Type: News
    Post date: Aug 11th 2017
    Body:

    Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an available visa in your category (if applicable) before you can file your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

    Find on this page:

    When to File

    Use the Visa Bulletin charts below to determine when to file your adjustment of status application.

    To use the charts:

    1. Find your visa type in the first column (on the left) of the appropriate chart (Family-sponsored or Employment-based).
    2. Stay in that row and move directly to the right to find the corresponding date under the country of your birth (as listed in the boldface columns across the top).
    3. If the date on the chart is current (“C”) or your priority date is earlier than the date on the chart, you may file your adjustment of status application, if otherwise eligible to do so.

    Your priority date is generally the date when your relative or employer properly filed the immigrant visa petition on your behalf with USCIS. If a labor certification is required to be filed with your immigrant visa petition, the priority date is the date the labor certification application was accepted for processing by the Department of Labor.

    September 2017

    Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications:

     Family-
     Sponsored

     All Chargeability
     Areas Except
     Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland
    born

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES

    F1

    01MAY10

    01MAY10

    01MAY10

    01FEB96

    01JAN07

    F2A

    01OCT15

    01OCT15

    01OCT15

    22SEP15

    01OCT15

    F2B

    01NOV10

    01NOV10

    01NOV10

    01JUL96

    01JAN07

     F3

    08JUL05

    08JUL05

    08JUL05

    08APR95

    15FEB95

    F4

    01JAN02

    01JAN02

    01JAN02

    15SEP97

    01JUN94

     

    Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications:

    Employment- Based

    All Chargeability
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland
    born

    El SALVADOR
    GUATEMALA
    HONDURAS

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES

    1st

    C

    01JAN12 

    C

    01JAN12 

    C

    C

    2nd

    01JAN16

    15MAY13

    01JAN16

    22AUG08

    01JAN16

    01JAN16

    3rd

    C

    01JAN12

    C

    15OCT06

    C

    01NOV15

    Other Workers

    C

    01JAN04

    C

    15OCT06

    C

    01NOV15

    4th

    C

    C

    22OCT15

    22OCT15

    22OCT15

    C

    Certain Religious Workers

    22OCT15 

    22OCT15 

    22OCT15 

    5th
    Non-Regional
    Center
    (C5 and T5)

    C

    15JUN14

    C

    C

    C

    C

    5th
    Regional
    Center
    (I5 and R5)

    15JUN14 

     

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    About the Visa Bulletin

    DOS publishes current immigrant visa availability information in a monthly Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available for issuance to prospective immigrants based on their individual priority date.

    On Nov. 20, 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security directed USCIS to work with DOS to:

    • Ensure that all immigrant visas authorized by Congress are issued to eligible individuals when there is sufficient demand for such visas, and
    • Improve the Visa Bulletin system for determining when immigrant visas are available to applicants during the fiscal year.

    Additionally, in July 2015, the Administration issued its report on Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century (PDF). This report included detailed recommendations to revise and update the monthly Visa Bulletin to better estimate immigrant visa availability and provide needed predictability to nonimmigrant workers seeking permanent residency.

    USCIS, in coordination with DOS, revised the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad.

    This revised process will enhance DOS’s ability to more accurately predict overall immigrant visa demand in determining the cut-off dates for the Visa Bulletin. This will help ensure that the maximum number of immigrant visas are issued annually as intended by Congress, and minimize month-to-month fluctuations in Visa Bulletin final action dates. Additional goals are outlined in the White House report, Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century (PDF).

     

    New Visa Bulletin Charts

    The Visa Bulletin will now have two different charts because of the revised procedures. DOS will post two charts per visa preference category in the DOS Visa Bulletin. The charts are:

    • Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may finally be issued); and
    • Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply).

    When USCIS determines there are immigrant visas available for the filing of additional adjustment of status applications, the Dates for Filing Applications chart may be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Otherwise, the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS.

    In coordination with the DOS, USCIS will monitor visa numbers each month and post the relevant chart on this page under When to File.

     

    Determining Visa Availability

    USCIS considers several factors to determine if there is a greater supply of visas than the demand for those visas. To determine visa availability, USCIS will compare the number of visas available for the remainder of the fiscal year with:

    • Documentarily qualified visa applications reported by DOS;
    • Pending adjustment of status applications reported by USCIS; and

    Historical drop off rate of applicants for adjustment of status (for example, denials, withdrawals and abandonments)