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USCIS Issues Policy Alert on Marriage and Living in Marital Union Requirements for Naturalization

USCIS is updating policy guidance in its Policy Manual to clarify the married and living in marital union requirements for naturalization under INA §319(a). The updated guidance is effective immediately, is controlling, and supersedes any prior guidance on this matter.

USCIS’s can now issue denials without an RFE under certain circumstances

USCIS’s new guidance regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing an RFE or NOID in certain circumstances will take effect next Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Another hit on due process. However, going to court is always an option.

USCIS Updates Policy Manual Guidance on Geographic Area of a Regional Center

USCIS issued a Policy Alert updating guidance in its Policy Manual regarding a regional center’s geographic area, requests to expand it, and how such requests impact the filing of Forms I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur.

USCIS Returns Unselected FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced that as of yesterday, July 30, 2018, it had returned all FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery.

USCIS Announces Attorneys and Accredited Representatives Can Now File Form N-565 Online

USCIS announced that attorneys and accredited representatives can now file Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, for their clients online using their myUSCIS account. No substantive changes have been made to the content of the form.

USCIS No Longer Accepting I-765 Service Requests at the 75-Day Mark

USCIS confirmed that it is no longer accepting service requests for I-765 applications that have been pending for more than 75 days unless the applications are outside of USCIS’s posted processing times.1:06 AM

USCIS Automatic Termination of OPT for F-1 Students If They Transfer to Different School or Begin Study at Another Educational Level

USCIS reminded F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) that transferring to another school or beginning study at another educational level automatically terminates their OPT, as well as their corresponding employment authorization document (EAD). USCIS will begin to enter the EAD termination date into its newly updated systems after receiving the information from ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).1:46 AM
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