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Preparing for Your Biometric Services Appointment

After you file your application, petition, or request, if you need to provide your fingerprints, photograph, or signature, USCIS will schedule your biometric services appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC). USCIS has the general authority to require and collect biometrics from any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual residing in the United States for any immigration and naturalization benefit. See 8 CFR 103.2 (b)(9).

USCIS Launches Online Rescheduling of Biometrics Appointments

New tool provides option to reschedule a biometric services appointment online without calling the USCIS Contact Center

WASHINGTON—On June 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched a new self-service tool allowing benefit requestors, and their attorneys and accredited representatives, to reschedule most biometric services appointments before the date of the appointment.

USCIS Provides Guidance on Employment Authorization Documents Based on Compelling Circumstances

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today released policy guidance on the eligibility criteria for initial and renewal applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) in compelling circumstances based on existing regulatory requirements at 8 CFR 204.5(p).

For an applicant to be eligible for an initial EAD based on compelling circumstances, they must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Lockbox Filing Location Updates Webpage Expanded to Include Service Center Filing Location Updates

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USCIS has updated the Lockbox Filing Location Updates page on the website to now include service center filing location updates as well: Lockbox and Service Center Filing Location Updates. You can now keep track of filing location changes between the lockboxes or service centers on this page.

The Practical Lawyer Editorial Board Member Rajiv S. Khanna's Conversation With Robert H. Thomas

This article is part of the continuing series of interviews between The Practical Lawyer Editorial Board Member Rajiv S. Khanna and leading practitioners across the country, designed to provide personal and professional insights into various areas of the law.

Read more by clicking the pdf attachment.

Office of Foreign Labor Certification Postpones Date for Submitting Revised PERM and CW-1 Forms in the Foreign Labor Application Gateway to June 1, 2023

Following up on the announcements of April 21, April 27, May 1, and May 8, 2023, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is postponing the date for filers to begin submitting the new, revised applications for permanent employment certification and CW-1 applications for temporary employment certification in the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) from May 16, 2023, to June 1, 2023. Applicants should continue to use the current PERM and CW-1 forms until such time.