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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

USCIS Provides Historical National Average Processing Times for All USCIS Offices

In March 2018, USCIS redesigned how it displays and calculates its processing times. Recently, USCIS published the national average processing times for select forms for FY2014 through FY2018, as of January 2018. These processing times are based on the age of the workload that USCIS has awaiting adjudication (pending cases) and combines data from all the USCIS offices.

Companies File Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order Challenging USCIS Policy Memo on Third-Party Worksites

Plaintiff companies filed a motion in a New Jersey district court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction challenging USCIS’s policy memo on contracts and ititeraries requirements for H-1B petitions involving third party worksites and the special eligibility requirements for job contractors participating as employers in the H-1B program.
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