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PERM Processing Times (as of 1/31/2022)

The dates reflect the month and year in which applications were filed (request date) or submission date of the appeal request for Redeterminations or Center Director Review. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) encourages employers to request a prevailing wage determination for the H-2B program at least 60 days before the date the determination is needed. For various reasons, OFLC may be completing the processing of applications filed prior to the month posted.

USCIS Updates Guidelines on Maximum Validity Periods for New Employment Authorization Documents for Certain Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published updated policy guidance to change the maximum validity period that may be granted for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to certain applicants, as well as to provide general guidance on adjudicating Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Starting today, USCIS will generally grant new and renewed EADs that are valid for two years to applicants in the following categories:

USCIS Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

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On Feb. 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services joins other U.S. government agencies and the international community in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C).

FGM/C refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

How to Make Your Communication with the USCIS Contact Center More Effective

How to Make Your Communication with the USCIS Contact Center More Effective

The USCIS Contact Center has  made changes to reduce reliance on telephonic live assistance while promoting the use of online self-help tools and digital inquiry channels. This is the result of financial limitations and resource constraints that make it impossible for USCIS to offer live assistance to every customer in the face of increased inquiry volumes.

When does it make sense to reach out to the USCIS Contact Center?

Rajiv S. Khanna's Blog: Adjustment of status, transferring the basis of I-485 clarifications

On January 21, 2022, USCIS published the following information on its website, which we have edited to provide clarifying remarks:

You may be eligible to request to transfer the underlying basis of your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to a different employment-based immigrant category based on another Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. USCIS may, in its discretion, grant a transfer request, if:

H-1B Quota 2023

We recommend that the H-1B lottery registration process should be planned and initiated now to ensure that these registrations are ready to submit between March 1, 2022 and March 18, 2022. This year, the lottery will be conducted in the same manner as last year. Accordingly, we are preparing to file registrations.