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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New “Smart” I-9 Form Becomes Mandatory on January 22, 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting January 22, 2017, all employers in the United States will be required to use the new version of the Form I-9 exclusively to conduct...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

USCIS Rolls Out the Blanket L Revised Form I-129S Effective Date

Over the summer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated edition of Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition. The new edition is dated “6/2/16.” Blanket L visa...more

Hurricane Matthew Relief

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has set out its directives to offer immigration relief measures for those persons affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters, such as Hurricane...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

The H-1B Lottery: How Does a Petition Get That Winning Number Anyway?

The H-1B “cap season” has become an annual event for U.S. employers seeking work authorization for highly skilled foreign professionals. Working months in advance, employers and their attorneys prepare and submit H-1B...more

Using the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for Minor Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds

The USCIS stated in a stakeholder call on July 28, 2016 that minors can be primary applicants on I-526 petitions for visas under the EB-5 Program, but bear the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that they...more

Proposed USCIS Rule for Entrepreneurs Would Benefit Very Few if Finalized

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new proposed rule for entrepreneurs. If the rule becomes law, qualified entrepreneurs would be considered for parole (temporary permission to be...more

USCIS Proposes a New Rule for International Entrepreneurs, October Visa Bulletin, and More...

On August 26, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed new rule for international entrepreneurs. Under the rule, entrepreneurs will be considered for parole (temporary...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB2 Worldwide current in Oct; EB2 India and China advance, but remain behind EB3; Visa Office...

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

50-State Survey of State Immigration Laws Affecting Employers - September 2016

This survey is an update on this rapidly evolving area of the law in all 50 states and focuses on laws and bills that could potentially impact employers and their worker eligibility obligations beyond existing federal...more

Parole for Entrepreneurs

At MintzEdge, we are already thinking about how a recent immigration law development may help our clients grow their ventures. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new rule for...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

New Form I-9 With Enhancements and Clarity Starting January 2017

Recently, the United States Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced it had received approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a proposed new Form I-9. USCIS must publish the revised form no later than...more

Who is Eligible for Parole Under the International Entrepreneur Rule?

Last month, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) announced a proposed rule that would allow certain international entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. for a period of up to two years so that they could start or scale...more

Department of State Releases October 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based China and India First Preference and Worldwide Second Preference cutoff dates become “current” once again. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin...more

Form I-9 Update

Keeping tabs on the revised Form I-9 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is due to release, USCIS updated its website to provide important dates. I previously wrote about the revised Form I-9 and how it...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

Proposed Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs with Emerging Companies

In November 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions regarding immigration reforms, stating that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") should make efforts with respect to "modernizing,...more

New Form I-9 Cleared by OMB

For those employers anxiously awaiting the “new” Form I-9 (the Employment Eligibility Verification Form) the wait continues but we are getting closer. On August 25th the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

New Immigration Rule to Welcome Start-Up Foreign Entrepreneurs

Following up on President Obama’s proposal to acknowledge the global marketplace of ideas and leverage current immigration law to encourage entrepreneurship and economic growth, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service...more

U.S. Immigration Proposes Solution for International Entrepreneurs

Current visa options limit the ability of foreign national entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in the United States. As a result, the United States is less able to attract the world’s very best and most innovative...more

Proposed Rule to Benefit Certain Immigrant Startup Entrepreneurs

Qualified applicants would be granted parole in United States for up to five years. On August 26, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an advance copy of a proposed rule that would extend...more

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