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Trump Officials Are Seeking to Double the Time Asylum Seekers Must Wait to Legally Work

Buzzfeed News reports that USCIS officials plan to propose a regulation that would double the time individuals who apply for asylum must wait before qualifying for a work permit, from 180 to 365 days. The proposal, which is not yet finalized, would apply to both affirmative asylum seekers who apply while already in the United States and to those who apply for asylum after crossing the border and being referred to immigration court.

DOL Provides Update on H‑2B Processing

DOL posted an update on H‑2B processing, including information on how date and time stamps were assigned and why some users continued to see an outage banner after the iCERT system was restored on January 7, 2019.

Advance Copy of USCIS Proposed Rule to Create Registration Requirement for Cap-Subject H‑1B Petitions

DHS announced a proposed rule that would create a registration requirement for cap-subject H‑1B petitions and change the rules so that the 65,000 “regular” lottery is run first, followed by the 20,000 “master’s” lottery.

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 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 Updates the H-2B Cap Count

As of March 31, 2016, USCIS had receipted 13,998 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2016. This count includes 7,066 approved and 6,932 pending beneficiaries.

Taking too long to get the work permit?

The American Immigration Council, along with several co-counsel, has filed a class action lawsuit challenging USCIS’s failure to timely adjudicate applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) and to issue interim employment authorization.

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