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USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through Oct. 23, 2022, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors. Under these flexibilities, USCIS considers a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the following requests or notices before taking any action, if the request or notice was issued between March 1, 2020, and Oct. 23, 2022, inclusive:

Rajiv's Article - Immigration scams are on the rise in the US. Here's what you should know

Published by: The Economic Times - Date: July 23, 2022

The scams are varied and use multiple points of contact like emails, websites, and mail. Many times, the amount of information the scammers possess about you might astonish you, but that should be taken as an indicator of the caller’s veracity.

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USCIS Updates Guidance for O-1 Petitions with a Focus on STEM Fields

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today updated its Policy Manual to provide further guidance on evidence that can be used to support a petition for an O-1A nonimmigrant of extraordinary ability with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

Between May 4, 2022, and June 2, 2022, some Forms I-797C, Notice of Action, issued to communicate receipt of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, included outdated language relating to a 180-day automatic extension for certain categories of renewal applicants, instead of language relating to the current 540-day 

DHS Announces Expansion of Citizenship and Integration Grant Program and Open Application Period

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WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the open application period for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which provides funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants, an increase from $10 million in funding last year.

Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applicants: Send in Your Medical Forms ASAP for More Efficient Processing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plays a significant role in the processing of employment-based visas, and USCIS wants to ensure the center uses as many available visas as possible in fiscal year (FY) 2022, which ends on Sept. 30, 2022.