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U.S. Representatives Demand Accountability from USCIS

Representatives García (D-IL), Espaillat (D-NY), and Velázquez (D-NY) and 83 more House Democrats sent a letter to USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna raising concerns about the agency’s growing backlog of adjudications.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H‑1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on February 19, 2019, for all H‑1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. For pending H‑1Bs that have been transferred, a premium processing request must be submitted to the service center now handling the petition.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Wants Answers on Legal Immigration Backlog

NBC reports that Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to CIS Ombudsman Julie Kirchner about “troubling reports” he had received that “raise significant questions” about whether she has “sufficient commitment” to the agency’s mission.

USCIS Issues Guidance on Policies and Procedures for Secure Identity Documents

Procedures related to secure identity documents issued by the agency, including how the agency delivers and tracks these documents and how requestors should request a replacement or reissuance of one. The guidance is effective today, is controlling, and supersedes any prior guidance on this matter. Comments are due by January 30, 2019.

USCIS and CBP Extend Form I‑129 Pilot Program for Canadian L‑1 Nonimmigrants

USCIS and CBP announced that they extended their joint pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L‑1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2019. This pilot allows, but doesn’t require, Canadian citizens to request USCIS remotely adjudicate their petitioning employer’s Form I‑129 or I‑129S prior to their arrival or when they arrive at the Blaine port of entry.

USCIS Updates H‑2B Cap Count for FY2019

USCIS updated its H‑2B cap count for FY2019, stating that it has received 23,503 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the first half of FY2019, with 20,155 approved and 3,348 beneficiaries pending.

USCIS Expands Implementation of NTA Policy and DOL Implements New LCA

main:USCIS may issue a Notice to Appear (NTA) based on the denial of certain humanitarian applications and petitions as part of its continued implementationof the agency’s new NTA policy

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