United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -
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Approved H-1B? Get the Ball Rolling on Your Consular Application Now!

Getting an H-1B nonimmigrant visa for new employment with a private employer in the United States has become an obstacle course that now even requires winning a lottery. The process has become so complicated that H-1B...more

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum Regarding H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations

As a general matter, most registered nurse (RN) positions do not qualify as H-1B specialty occupation positions because they do not normally require a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing or its equivalent as the...more

USCIS Rolls Out Full-Scale Implementation of L-1 Site Visit Program: Employers of L-1 Transferees Should Now Set up Processes to...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate has recently begun implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in response to an August 2013 report released by...more

Immigration Compliance Alert: Use Caution When Terminating H-1B Employees

An employer planning to terminate an employee on H-1B visa status needs to ensure that the termination is undertaken in compliance with not only the employment contract and applicable state and federal law, but also in...more

Florida Driver’s Licenses Issued to Individuals With Approved I-601A Provisional Waivers

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“FLHSMV”) regularly publishes a list of documents that it will accept as proof of immigration status in connection with an application for a Florida Driver’s...more

Immigration Court Backlog Reaches All-Time High Due to Influx of Juvenile Immigrants

According to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, as of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has reached 375,503...more

Immigration Crisis at the Border

Since last October, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and women with children have traveled from Central America to turn themselves over to border patrol units along our southern border with Mexico. As a result, ICE...more

Immigration Corner: "Extraordinary Circumstances" Under the Child Status Protection Act, E-Verify Listens to You, and It's Time to...

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an Interim Policy Memorandum (PM-602-0097) on June 6, 2014, supplementing Chapter 21.2(e) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual regarding exercising discretion...more

Deficient Approval Notices Issued

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has reported that a recent problem resulting in the issuance of deficient approval notices has been resolved. The error occurred at the California Service Center (“CSC”)...more

USCIS Branch Quietly Turning E-Verify Mistakes into DOJ, ICE Enforcement Actions

If you have been following their press releases, complaints, and settlement agreements over the past several months, the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices...more

Importance of Hiring a Lawyer in the Immigration Process

When a foreign national wishes to come into the United States – whether for school, to work, or with family – certain immigration documents must be obtained. Depending on your reason for coming to the U.S., the duration of...more

Additional Movement for EB-2 India Released in Department of State's August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The August 2014 Visa Bulletin was recently released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). As outlined in our June 10, 2014, legal update on this issue, the EB-2 category for foreign nationals from India pursuing the...more

USCIS Issues Guidance on “Extraordinary Circumstances” Under CSPA

On June 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum on evaluating claims of “extraordinary circumstances” for late filings when the applicant must have sought to acquire lawful...more

What Employers Need to Know About I-9 Audits

With the government enforcing I-9 compliance with increased vigilance, it is more important than ever for employers to understand the I-9 requirements and be prepared for an I-9 audit in the event that one...more

An Executive Summary and Overview of the EB-5 Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by...more

Duplicate E-Verify Entries

A new feature in E-Verify will now provide a notification to users when a case is entered that includes the same Social Security number as another case entered in the previous 30 days. Oftentimes duplicate cases are entered...more

Immigration Corner: E-Verify Not an Impenetrable Shield, H-4 Spouses May Soon be Looking for Work, More Trips to the Doctor for...

E-Verify offers a tool to assist employers in verifying employment/immigration status for prospective employees, but it should not be mistaken for protection during an I-9 audit. On March 26, 2014, the Office of the Chief...more

Federal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits...more

The DACA Renewal Process is Released

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: DACA Renewal Announced

On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program....more

USCIS Announces Process for DACA Renewal

On June 5, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. USCIS has submitted an updated...more

Summer Hires

This summer it’s expected that temporary workers will fill roughly 10,000 summer jobs, many of which will be in the hospitality industry. Before filling any of your seasonal positions, it’s worth reviewing a few cautionary...more

CIS Announces Process for Renewing Enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is a discretionary determination to defer...more

USCIS Provides Guidance on I-9 Completion for Remote Hires

By Nelsy C. Gomez – With the existing stringent rules regarding the proper and timely completion of the I-9 form, many employers still find themselves wrestling with the issue of what to do with employees who are hired and...more

Revised USCIS Guidance: Form I-693 No Longer Required As Initial Evidence

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident must submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a physician designated by the U.S....more

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