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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

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.

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