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Bipartisan Letter from Texas Members of the House Regarding USCIS Processing Delays

Ten members of the House of Representatives who represent congressional districts in Texas sent a letter to USCIS expressing concern regarding the processing delays impacting applications for green cards, naturalization, and advance parole filed by Houston constituents, emphasizing that they impose a “burden on those who live and work in our community and want nothing more than to follow the law.” Additionally, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus requested a meeting with USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna to discuss similar concerns. 

USCIS Publishes Notice of Extension of the Designation of South Sudan for TPS and Announces Opening of Reregistration Period

USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register extending the designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from May 3, 2019, through November 2, 2020. The re registration period runs from today, April 5, 2019, through June 4, 2019.

H-1B Cap Reached Within Days, Highlighting America’s Need for Foreign Professionals to Fill Critical Workforce Gaps

USCIS announced that it had once again received more than enough H‑1B petitions within the first five business days of the FY2020 filing period to reach the annual cap of 85,000 new H‑1B visas. The agency received 201,011 petitions, an increase from last year’s total of 190,098.

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.

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