USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS has returned all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process.
08/15/2019
USCIS Will Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations
Transition aimed at increasing efficiencies, reducing backlogs
08/09/2019
Tools Outage
USCIS will conduct a system maintenance from Wednesday, August 7, 2019 starting at 12 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. (Eastern).
08/06/2019
Reminder: USCIS Rejecting Form I-129 Petitions That Lack Required Name and Address
Updated rejection criteria includes time-sensitive H-2A visa classification
08/02/2019
USCIS Closes the Moscow Field Office to Public on Feb. 28, 2019
The USCIS field office in Moscow, Russia permanently closed  on March 29, 2019. The U.S.
07/26/2019
H-2B Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination with Form I-129
On July 3, the U.S.
07/26/2019
E-Verify is now on LinkedIn
07/16/2019
“Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act” Guidance for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
According to recently enacted legislation, USCIS announced today it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of
06/28/2019
Grace Period Extended for Previous Edition of Form I-918
We are extending the grace period for the previous edition of Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, including Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant
06/21/2019
USCIS Aims to Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485
USCIS will implement a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on location for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
06/17/2019
USCIS Will No Longer Accept I-407 at International Field Offices
Beginning July 1, USCIS will no longer accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status at international field offices by
06/17/2019
New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications
Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under
06/10/2019
Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10
On June 10, we will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions.
06/07/2019
Cap Reached for Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019
USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 visas made available for returning workers under the H-2B numerical limit (also called a cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2019.
06/07/2019
USCIS Updates Rejection Criteria for Form I-129
USCIS will reject petitions lacking petitioner’s or applicant’s primary U.S. office address
06/04/2019
Adoption Information: Guyana
On June 1, 2019, the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption 
06/01/2019
Certain Nonimmigrants Can Now File Form I-539 Online
You may file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online if you are
05/22/2019
Texas Service Center to Begin Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions
On May 20, 2019, the Texas Service Center will begin processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions requesting:
05/20/2019
USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S.
05/17/2019
USCIS Clarifies the Period of Authorized Stay for P-1S Essential Support Personnel of Individual Athletes
USCIS has updated the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to emphasize that, under current regulations, the
05/09/2019
USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants
USCIS and U.S.
04/29/2019
Israeli Nationals Eligible for Treaty Investor Visas
Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States will soon be able to request a change of status to the E-2 treaty investor classification.
04/22/2019
USCIS is Ending Forms Request Line
Starting June 1, we are ending the Forms Request Line service that allows you to order forms by phone.
04/22/2019
USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Clarifying How Federal Controlled Substances Law Applies to Naturalization Determinations
USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving
04/19/2019
USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 and Reaches the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap
On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S.
04/11/2019
USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020.
04/05/2019
USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub
USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers.
04/01/2019
Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20
On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant W
03/29/2019
CW-1 Filings for Fiscal Year 2020 Must be Accompanied by an Approved Temporary Labor Certification
USCIS will begin accepting petitions for employment with start dates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 under the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker program (the CW-
03/25/2019
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions.
03/11/2019
National Consumer Protection Week 2019
USCIS is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) from March 3 to 9.
03/05/2019
UPDATE: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A on March 8
We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our website on March 8, 2019.
03/05/2019
New Online Tools Reduce Wait Times for Callers
The USCIS Contact Center is currently experiencing higher than normal wait times for callers to speak to a representative.
02/25/2019
H-2B Cap Reached for FY 2019
U.S.
02/22/2019
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018
USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018.
02/15/2019
USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative P Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions
Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future P nonimmigrant visa petition.
02/08/2019
USCIS Statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
On Feb. 6, 2019, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, U.S.
02/06/2019
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions
USCIS will resume premium processing on Monday, Jan.
01/25/2019
USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs
USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in th
01/24/2019
Civics Test Answer Updates
Are you preparing for the naturalization test? As you study for the U.S.
01/04/2019
Termination of the Categorical Parole Programs for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
12/27/2018
Lapse in Federal Funding Does Not Impact Most USCIS Operations
The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities.
12/22/2018
USCIS Offices Closed Monday per White House Executive Order
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24.
12/21/2018
Update on Case Assistance by Service Centers
As part of the agency’s efforts to streamline requests for case assistance, we are discontinuing the use of USCIS service center e-mail boxes for case-specific questions on Jan. 21, 2019.
12/21/2018
USCIS Closes Havana Field Office on Dec. 10, 2018
USCIS will permanently close its field office in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 10, 2018. The USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico, will assume the Havana Field Office’s jurisdiction over U.S.
12/10/2018
USCIS Revises Interview Waiver Guidance for Form I-751
USCIS has issued a policy memorandum (PM) providing guidance
12/10/2018
DHS and DOL Propose Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for H-2B Employers to Protect U.S. Workers
12/07/2018
USCIS Clarifies the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement
USCIS has published a policy memorandum (PM) clarifying the requirement th
11/29/2018
Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in the CNMI
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including the Super Typhoon Yutu in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
11/21/2018
USCIS Issuing Biometric Appointment Notices for Domestic N-565 and N-600 Applicants
On Nov.
11/15/2018
USCIS to Continue Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear
U.S.
11/08/2018
Fee Payment Changes at Two USCIS Los Angeles Field Offices
On Nov.
10/31/2018
USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S.
10/31/2018
USCIS Continuing Form I-751 Data Entry
USCIS has completed receipting and data entry for all filings of Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, received between May 1 and Sept. 9, 2018.
10/18/2018
USCIS Reissues Receipt Notices for Extensions of Conditional Permanent Resident Status
On Oct.
10/17/2018
USCIS Policy Manual Update
USCIS is revising policy guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.
10/16/2018
USCIS Using Tablets to Administer the English Reading and Writing Tests for Naturalization
On Oct. 1, USCIS began using digital tablets to administer the English reading and writing tests during naturalization interviews as part of the agency’s ongoing business modernization efforts.
10/03/2018
USCIS Assisted in Case Leading to Guilty Plea of Former Long Island Catering Hall Owner Charged with Forced Labor
Defendant Threatened Filipino Nationals Working at the Thatched Cottage with DeportationRelease Date: Sept. 27, 2018
10/03/2018
USCIS Provides Guidance for Implementing New Law Related to Foreign Workers on Guam, Northern Mariana Islands
USCIS has published a policy memora
10/03/2018
F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018
F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remains pending on Oct.
09/28/2018
Proposed I-912 Fee Waiver Form Revision
USCIS is proposing to revise our Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, to remove the receipt of means-tested benefits from the eligibility criteria.
09/27/2018
USCIS to Begin Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear
U.S.
09/26/2018
Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by special situations, including severe storms such as Hurricane Fl
09/19/2018
USCIS Sending Text and Email Messages About Online Filing
We are sending text and email messages about filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card online.
09/17/2018
USCIS Publishes Revised Form G-28 and Extends Grace Period for Prior Versions
USCIS has published a revised version of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, with an edition date of 09/17/18.
09/17/2018
USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions
Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request.
09/14/2018
Filing Location Change for Form I-751
On Sept. 10, USCIS changed the filing location for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This form was previously filed at the California and Vermont Service Centers.
09/10/2018
USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays
USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium pr
08/28/2018
Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations
USCIS is updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of
08/17/2018
Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by California Wildfires
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including the California wildfires.
08/15/2018
Filing Location Change for Form I-829
On Aug. 13, USCIS changed the filing location for Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.
08/13/2018
Updated Guidance on the Implementation of Notice to Appear Policy Memorandum
Policy Memorandum 602-0050.1, Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens, was issued on June 28, 2018
07/30/2018
USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on July 30, 2018, that it has returned all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer-generated random selection process.
07/30/2018
New Law Extends CNMI CW-1 Program, Mandates New Fraud Fee, and Will Require E-Verify Participation
07/25/2018
USCIS Continues to Expand Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests
We are introducing the second phase of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST), which will allow all FOIA requestors to track their requests through a
07/24/2018
Attorneys and Accredited Representatives Can Now File Form N-565 Online
If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can now file Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document for your clients using y
07/17/2018
USCIS to Recall 800 Incorrectly Printed Employment Authorization Documents
On June 21, 2018, USCIS will begin recalling approximately 800 Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that were issued in conjunction with Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding
06/21/2018
Form I-751 Data Entry Delay at California Service Center
USCIS’ California Service Center (CSC) is experiencing a delay in initial data entry for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
06/13/2018
Update to Form I-797 Receipt Notices for Form I-751 and Form I-829
As of June 11, 2018, petitioners who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will rec
06/12/2018
USCIS Completes Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap
On May 31, 2018, U.S.
06/11/2018
USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap
06/06/2018
USCIS Redesigns Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates
High-Tech Features Create More Secure Documents
06/04/2018
Update: Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
Due to a processing error on May 4, 2018, USCIS mailed a number of biometric services appointment notices with incorrect Application Support Center (ASC) locations to petitioners who filed Form I-7
05/23/2018
Automatic Termination of Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students If They Transfer to a Different School or Begin Study at Another Educational Level
USCIS reminds F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) that transferring to another school or beginning study at another educational level (for example, beginning a mast
05/18/2018
USCIS Policy Manual Updates
EB-5 Tenant OccupancyUSCIS is revising guidance on immigrant investor (EB-5) cases involving tenant occupancy.
05/16/2018
USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process.
05/15/2018
USCIS to Recall Incorrectly Dated Green Cards
On May 14, 2018, USCIS will begin recalling approximately 8,543 Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) due to a production error.
05/14/2018
USCIS Completes CW-1 Cap Lottery for Fiscal Year 2019 and Returns All Unselected Petitions
On April 15, 2018, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough petitions to meet the fiscal year (FY) 2019 cap of 4,999 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Is
05/02/2018
USCIS Updates Policy on DNA Evidence in Support of Sibling Relationships
USCIS has updated its policy on the acceptance of DNA evidence supporting sibling relationships.
05/02/2018
Outage: Case Status by Text Message
Because of system maintenance, we are not able to send you text messages updating you about changes in the status of your case. We do not know when the system will be back to normal.
04/25/2018
Credit Card Payment Now Available for Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
The USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility is now accepting Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document.
04/24/2018
E-Verify Outage and New Features
E-Verify, the free system that allows employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work
04/20/2018
USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019
On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated cap and the U.S.
04/12/2018
USCIS Will Conduct a Lottery for CW-1 Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019
USCIS has received petitions for more than the number of visas available for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) progra
04/11/2018
USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap
USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S.
04/06/2018
Undeliverable Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents to be Destroyed After 60 Days
Starting April 2, USCIS will destroy Permanent Resident Cards, Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents returned as undeliverable by the U.S.
04/03/2018
USCIS and CBP to Implement Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants
From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S.
03/30/2018
USCIS Will Begin Accepting CW-1 Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019 on April 2, 2018
First-time CW-1 Lottery Ensures Fairness to CNMI Employers
03/20/2018
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions
Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap.
03/20/2018
New Home Page and Website Header
We’ve created a new look for our website’s home page that will help you easily navigate our site.The new design includes:
03/13/2018
February 2018 Preliminary Injunction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The scope of the preliminary injunction issued on February 13, 2018 in the Eastern District of New York is the same as the preliminary injunction issued on January 9, 2018 in the Northern District
02/14/2018
Surge in H-2B Petitions Possible for Second Half of FY 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor announced it will not begin releasing H-2B temporary labor certifications until Feb.
02/07/2018
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Today, on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services joins other U.S.
02/06/2018
USCIS is Strengthening Screening for Family Members Abroad Seeking to Join Refugees in the United States
On Feb.
02/06/2018
Processing Change for Certain Form I-730 Petitions
On January 12, 2018, USCIS changed the processing location for certain Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, filings.
01/29/2018
USCIS Launches Naturalization and Citizenship Certificate Redesign Pilot
On Jan. 22, 2018, four USCIS field offices and one service center will participate in a 10-day pilot to issue redesigned citizenship and naturalization certificates to U.S. citizens.
01/22/2018
USCIS Will Email Notifications to H-2A Petitioners, Use Pre-Paid Mailers to Send Requests for Evidence
Beginning today, Jan.
01/22/2018
Lapse in Federal Funding for Certain USCIS Operations
The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’ fee-funded activities.
01/20/2018
USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs
USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have published the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to receive H-2A and H‑2B visas i
01/18/2018
Texas Service Center to Begin Processing Form I-129 for L Visas
On February 12, 2018, the Texas Service Center (TSC) will begin processing certain Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker petitions for L nonimmigr
01/12/2018
The USCIS London Field Office Is Moving
The USCIS London Field Office in the United Kingdom is moving to the new U.S. Embassy facility in the Nine Elms area of London.
01/09/2018
Updated USCIS Procedures for Cuba
Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS will temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana, effective immediately.
12/22/2017
USCIS Updates Policy on Determining Cuban Citizenship for Those Born Outside of Cuba
USCIS is no longer considering a consular certificate documenting an individual’s birth outside of Cuba to a Cuban parent as sufficient evidence of Cuban citizenship.
12/21/2017
USCIS Electronic Reading Room opens the door to transparency
USCIS is opening the door to its updated Electronic Reading Room to fulfill our commitment to increase transparency with the Ame
12/19/2017
USCIS Issues Clarifying Guidance on NAFTA TN Status Eligibility for Economists
WASHINGTON —U.S.
12/18/2017
USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues
The information below was an alert posted on November 30, 2017.
11/15/2017
Status of the Central American Minors Program
On Nov. 9, 2017, the Department of State stopped accepting new applications for the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program. USCIS will stop interviewing CAM cases on Jan. 31, 2018.
11/15/2017
Changes to Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129 Petitions
On October 12, 2017, USCIS will change the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
10/12/2017
USCIS Makes Additional Data on Employment-Based Visa Programs Available in Support of ‘Hire American’ Executive Order
U.S.
10/12/2017
Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters
We offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters.
10/06/2017
Employers Must Use Form I-9 With a Revision Date of 07/17/17 N
Beginning Sept.
09/20/2017
Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma.
09/13/2017
USCIS Alerts Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey to Available Immigration Services
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.
08/30/2017
USCIS Grants All Available U Visas for Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has approved the congressionally mandated annual limit of 10,000 petitions for
08/30/2017
TPS Re-registration Deadline for Haiti is July 24
The deadline for eligible nationals of Haiti (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Monday, July 24, 2017.
07/20/2017
USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on July 19, that it has returned all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process.  USCIS
07/19/2017
Revised Form I-9 Now Available
USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Em
07/17/2017
USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2018
As of May 25, 2017, USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the maximum possible numerical limit (the “cap”) of workers who may b
05/26/2017
USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process.
05/03/2017
USCIS Will Implement New Interpreter Policy on May 1, 2017
The policy memorandum “The Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews” became USCIS
04/27/2017
Scam Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Used in Scam to Obtain Personal Information
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on April 19, 2017, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number.
04/26/2017
Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation
On December 12, 2016, the U.S.
04/20/2017
New Direct Filing Addresses for L, O, and P Nonimmigrant Petitions for Beneficiaries in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina
USCIS has changed the direct filing addresses for where to file certain forms for beneficiaries who will be working or training in Florida, Georgia, or North Carolina.
04/20/2017
USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination
USCIS is reminding the public that the designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone terminate effect
04/19/2017
USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2018
USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal y
04/17/2017
Employment Authorization Documents Issued by the Potomac Service Center
On April 17, 2017, the Potomac Service Center (PSC) will begin handling corrections to Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that were issued by the PSC that may have incorrect information due
04/03/2017
USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated
03/16/2017
USCIS Will Accept CW-1 Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 Beginning April 3, 2017
On April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting CW-1 petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap.
03/09/2017
Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on President's Executive Order Signed Today
“Fourteen years ago on March 1, 2003, DHS was established. We did so as a nation because we needed to rethink our approach to homeland security.
03/06/2017
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Validity Extended for TPS El Salvador Beneficiaries
USCIS is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs issued under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador for an additional 6 months.
03/06/2017
USCIS Is Reissuing Receipt Notices to Certain EAD Renewal Applicants
Starting February 16, 2017, USCIS began reissuing receipt notices (Form I-797) to individuals who applied to renew their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) between July 21, 2016 and January 16
02/24/2017
New Immigrants Can Now Create a USCIS Online Account When Paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee
A message for new immigrants:
02/21/2017
USCIS Will Accept Only New Forms Starting Feb. 21, 2017
Important reminder: Please check our website for our current filing fees and acceptable versions of forms.
02/10/2017
DHS Statement on Compliance with Recent Court Order
On February 4, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement reflecting the most recent cour
02/08/2017
USCIS Implementation of Jan. 27 Executive Order
USCIS continues to adjudicate applications and petitions filed for or on behalf of individuals in the United States regardless of their country of origin, and applications and petitions of lawful p
02/03/2017
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Information About the January 27, 2017 Executive Order
U.S.
02/01/2017
Civics Test Answer Updates
Are you preparing for the naturalization test?As you study for the U.S.
01/23/2017
Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016
Beginning Jan.
01/23/2017
DHS Publishes Final International Entrepreneur Rule
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a final rule to improve the a
01/17/2017
USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated
01/13/2017
Previous Editions of Forms Accepted Until Feb. 21, 2017, but Must Include New Fees
When new fees for most USCIS forms went into effect on December 23, 2016, we published updated versions of the forms at
12/29/2016
USCIS Fee Changes Take Effect Dec. 23
USCIS reminds applicants and petitioners to pay our new fees with forms postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, 2016, or we will not be able to accept the filings.
12/23/2016
H-2B Returning Worker Program Expired: Employers Should Stop Identifying “Returning Workers” in Petitions for FY 2017
The H-2B returning worker provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-113) expired on Sept.
12/21/2016
Citizenship Resource Center Improved for Mobile Devices
Beginning December 12, the free citizenship preparation and study materials in USCIS’ Citizenship Resource Center will be easier to use from a smartphone,
12/12/2016
EB-5 Regional Centers Must File Form I-924A by Dec. 29
USCIS reminds all EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept.
12/07/2016
USCIS Announces Addition of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Eligible Countries for the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs
USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added St.
11/08/2016
USCIS to Centralize Processing of Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases
Starting on November 1, 2016, USCIS will centralize the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program.
11/01/2016
USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the numerical limit (the “
10/21/2016
SAVE CaseCheck Now in Spanish
Benefit applicants can now view their case status in Spanish through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE)
10/12/2016
USCIS Alerts Customers Affected by Hurricane Matthew to Available Immigration Relief
USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters, such as Hurricane Matthew.
10/11/2016
USCIS Increases Validity of Work Permits to Two Years for Asylum Applicants
Effective October 5, 2016, USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years.
10/06/2016
Form I-131A Now Available
USCIS has published Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation), a new form that allows lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for a travel document (carrier documentat
09/30/2016
Expiring EB-4, EB-5 Programs Extended Through Dec. 9
On Sept. 29, President Obama signed into law H.R.
09/30/2016
Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Liberians in U.S.
USCIS Automatically Extends Validity of Employment Authorization Documents
09/28/2016
Les Bénèfices du Statut Temporaire Protègé Sous les Désignations de la Guinée, du Libéria, et de la Sierra Léone Prolongés de Six Mois pour une Sereine Transition Avant leur Expiration en Mai 2017
WASHINGTON – Le Sécrétaire de la Securité du Territoire Jeh Johnson va prolonger les bénèfices du TPS sous la désignations de la Guinée, du Libéria, et de la Sierra Léone pour 6 mo
09/23/2016
Temporary Protected Status Benefits Under Designations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Extended Six Months for Orderly Transition Before Termination in May 2017
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is extending TPS benefits for beneficiaries of TPS under the designations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for 6 months fo
09/22/2016
DOS Publishes Visa Bulletin for October 2016
DOS Publishes Visa Bulletin for October 2016
09/21/2016
USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule
On Wednesday, August 31, USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register inviting public comment, for 45 days, on the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule.
08/31/2016
Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email
Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official.
08/24/2016
USCIS Alerts Customers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding in Louisiana to Available Immigration Relief
USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as disasters like the recent severe storms and flooding in Louisiana.
08/19/2016
Reminder: H-1B Workload Transfer Transition Period Ends Aug. 31, 2016
On July 1, 2016, as part of a workload transfer from the California and Vermont service centers, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) began accepting certain Form I-129 H-1B and H
08/05/2016
Federal Register 30-Day Comment Period for Revised Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and Form I-485 Supplement A, Adjustment of Status Under Section 245(i)
On July 26, 2016, USCIS published a
07/28/2016
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Is Still Available
The Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision (PDF) in United States v.
07/27/2016
Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants from India
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for August 2016 reflects a
07/11/2016
USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on July 8, 2016, that it has returned all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process.
07/08/2016
Federal Register Comment Period for Proposed USCIS Fee Schedule Extended
On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register inviting public comment, for 60 days, on the proposed U.S.
06/29/2016
Try USCIS’ Improved InfoPass Appointment Scheduler
Today, USCIS launched a refresh of InfoPass, our online system that lets you schedule an appointment at one of our offices.
06/27/2016
USCIS Celebrates SAVE’s 30th Anniversary
Today, USCIS celebrates the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program for providing top-notch customer service for 30 years.
06/23/2016
USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to E-Verify
On May 20, 2016, USCIS published a
06/16/2016
Nebraska Service Center to Begin Processing Certain Form I-918 Cases
In July, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) will begin processing cases involving Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status.
06/09/2016
Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From Mexico
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July 2016 reflects a final action date
06/08/2016
Clarification on CW-1 Extension of Stay Petitions
On May 20, USCIS announced that it had received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the numerical limit (the “
06/07/2016
Nebraska Service Center to Accept Certain H-1B Petitions
On July 1, 2016, the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) will begin accepting Form I-129 for H-1B and H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore Free Trade) petitions if the petitioner requests a “Conti
06/01/2016
New Web Page on the H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase (Public Law 114-113)
USCIS has posted a new Web page on the H-1B and L-1 fee increase required by th
05/26/2016
Employers May Submit Online Inquiries for Certain Form I-129 Petitions
As of April 21, 2016, petitioners who filed Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of stay or change of employer, can submit a
05/25/2016
USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2016
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the numerical limit (the “
05/20/2016
Status Updates for Cases at Texas Service Center May Be Unavailable Until May 23
Due to system maintenance, status updates for cases pending at the Texas Service Center may be temporarily unavailable through Case Status Onl
05/20/2016
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated
05/19/2016
Employers May Submit Inquiries If Extension of Status/Change of Employer Petition Has Been Pending for 210 Days or More
On April 21, 2016, USCIS began allowing petitioners who filed Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of status or change of employer
05/10/2016
USCIS Launches Optional Forms Checklists for Forms I-129F and I-765
On May 9, USCIS launched a pilot study that offers customers optional checklists to assist in the submission of form packages.
05/09/2016
USCIS and Department of State Launch e-Approval for H-2A Petitions
USCIS and the U.S.
05/09/2016
USCIS Will Now Use Pre-Paid Mailers to Send H-2A Receipt Notices
Coinciding with the launch of USCIS/DOS e-Approval, USCIS will
05/09/2016
USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process.
05/02/2016
Chicago Lockbox Extends Hours to Accept EB-4 Filings That Meet April Visa Bulletin
As recently announced, the employment-based fourth preference (EB-4
04/29/2016
Immigration Relief for Those Affected by Severe Earthquakes
USCIS offers immigration relief measures for people affected by natural disasters, such as the severe earthquakes that recently occurred in Ecuador, Japan and Burma.
04/26/2016
Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin May 12
On May 12, 2016, U.S.
04/22/2016
New Workload Transfer Updates Web Page
USCIS has created a new Workload Transfer Updates page on our website where customers can keep track of workload transfers between our five service centers.
04/21/2016
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Use of Pre-Paid Mailers for Certain H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
For two weeks after premium processing resumes for H-1B cap-subject petitions, USCIS will not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing H-1B cap-subject petitions.
04/20/2016
Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for May 2016 reflects a
04/15/2016
Deadline to Apply for Citizenship and Integration Grants Is April 22
Applications for USCIS’ Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2016 are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 22, 2016. 
04/14/2016
USCIS Publishes New Edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
On April 13, 2016, USCIS revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revised version is available at uscis.gov/n-400.
04/13/2016
USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2017
U.S.
04/12/2016
Current Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Remains Effective After March 31, 2016
Until further notice, employers should continue using Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
04/05/2016
Federal Register Comment Period for Revised Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
On March 31, 2016, USCIS published a
03/31/2016
Civics Test Answer Updates
Are you preparing for the naturalization test?As you study for the U.S.
03/30/2016
Potomac Service Center Now Processing Certain Form I-765 Cases
On March 28, 2016, the Lockbox began sending certain cases to the Potomac Service Center.
03/29/2016
Workload Transfer from the Vermont Service Center to the Nebraska Service Center
USCIS recently began transferring certain casework from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) to balance workloads and decrease processing times.
03/29/2016
Workload Transfer from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center
USCIS recently began transferring certain casework from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) to balance workloads and decrease processing times.
03/29/2016
USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Form I-9
On March 28, 2016, USCIS published a
03/28/2016
USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2016
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated
03/21/2016
Potomac Service Center Now Processing Certain Form I-765 Cases
Updated Guidance on Fixing EADs with Errors
03/18/2016
Texas Service Center Now Processing Certain Form I-765 Cases
USCIS recently began transferring certain cases from the Vermont Service Center to the Texas Service Center to balance workloads.
03/03/2016
USCIS Issues Guidance on Adjustment of Status Policies and Procedures
Effective February 25, 2016, new guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual provides information on the general policies and procedures for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence as well as ad
02/25/2016
TPS Registration Deadline for Yemen is March 1, 2016
The deadline for eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Tuesday, March 1, 2016
02/16/2016
Vermont Service Center Customer Service Hotline Outage
USCIS will conduct system maintenance from Tuesday, February 9 at 8 a.m. (Eastern) to Thursday, February 11 at 8 a.m. (Eastern).
02/09/2016
New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners.
01/12/2016
USCIS Alerts Customers Affected by Severe Weather to Available Immigration Relief
USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as the recent severe weather and flooding in areas of the Southern and Midwestern United Sta
12/31/2015
USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Affecting Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs
USCIS is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs.
12/31/2015
Customers Must Mail Form I-290B for Form N-600 or Form N-600K to the Chicago Lockbox
Starting January 1, 2016, customers who wish to file Form I-290B, Notice of Motion or Appeal, in response to a decision on their Form N-600 or N-600K must mail their Form I-290B to the Chicago Lock
12/30/2015
Workload Transfer from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center and Nebraska Service Center
USCIS recently began transferring certain casework from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) and Nebraska Service Center (NSC) to balance workloads.
12/29/2015
USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for 7th Straight Fiscal Year
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2016.
12/29/2015
EB-5 Regional Centers Must File Form I-924A by December 29
USCIS reminds all approved EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept.
12/03/2015
USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Form I-9
USCIS published a notice
11/23/2015
USCIS Announces Addition of 16 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs
USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Lux
11/18/2015
Reminder: You Can Use Credit Cards to Pay Naturalization Application Fees
As a reminder, if you are applying for U.S.
11/16/2015
USCIS Updates Welcome Guide for New Immigrants
USCIS has published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants.
11/02/2015
USCIS Alerts Customers Affected by South Carolina Floods to Available Immigration Relief
USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as disasters like the recent severe flooding in South Carolina.
10/15/2015
Updated Instruction for Using the DOS Visa Bulletin
Beginning with the November 2015 Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin, if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for suc
10/14/2015
Transferring Forms I-600 Filed on Behalf of Children from the Republic of Korea from National Benefits Center to USCIS Seoul Field Office
Since Oct.
10/13/2015
I-140, I-485 Workload Transfers and a Change in the Direct Filing Address for Certain Form I-140 Petitions Submitted Together with Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing
To improve efficiency, USCIS recently rebalanced the workload distribution of certain Form I-140 petitions and employment-based Form I-485 applications between the Texas Service Center and the Nebr
10/07/2015
USCIS Uses Secure Laminates on Certain Forms
On Oct. 5, 2015, USCIS began applying secure laminates to certain secure forms that authorize travel to the United States. The affected forms are:
10/05/2015
DHS to Create Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Program
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is creating a parole program to allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veteran
10/02/2015
Public Law 111-230 H-1B, L-1 Additional Fees Expire
H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after Oct.
10/01/2015
Revised International Office Pages Now Available
USCIS published revised versions of its 25 international offices pages on USCIS.gov.
09/28/2015
DOS Publishes Updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015
On Sept. 25, the Department of State (DOS) published an updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015. This bulletin supersedes the bulletin for October 2015 that was originally published on Sept.
09/25/2015
USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications for the Remainder of FY 2015
Starting today, USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Form I-485 applications (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) bec
09/24/2015
USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status
Note: The October 2015 Visa Bulletin was updated on Sept. 25, 2015.
09/09/2015
Extension of Temporary Immigration Relief Measures for Individuals Affected by Typhoon Soudelor
On Aug. 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor caused extensive damage in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). USCIS reminds customers affected by Typhoon Soudelor that certain U.S.
09/03/2015
USCIS Simplifies the Immigrant Fee Payment Process
USCIS has simplified the process for paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee online in our electronic immigration system.
08/31/2015
USCIS Discontinues Legacy e-Filing System
USCIS will discontinue its legacy e-Filing system in order to maintain data security standards and focus resources on the replacement Electronic Immigration System.
08/24/2015
Transferring Cases From Vermont Service Center to California Service Center
In order to balance workloads, USCIS recently began transferring some cases from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center. The affected cases include:
08/24/2015
Temporary Immigration Relief Measures Available for Individuals Affected by Typhoon Soudelor
08/07/2015
Update for DACA Recipients Who Received 3-Year Work Permits
USCIS has accounted for over 99 percent of the approximately 2,600 identified invalid work permits requiring
08/05/2015
TPS Registration Deadline for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone is August 18, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, is the deadline for eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those th
08/04/2015
La date d’échéance de l’inscription au TPS pour le Libéria, la Guinée et la Sierra Leone est le 18 août 2015
Le mardi 18 août 2015 est la date d’échéance pour les citoyens éligibles du Libéria, de la Guinée et de la Sierre Leone (et pour les personnes apatrides qui ont résidé habituelleme
08/04/2015
Re-registration Deadline for Somalia TPS is July 31, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015, is the deadline for current Somalia Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from Sept.
07/27/2015
URGENT: Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year Work Permits Must Return Them Immediately
 Note: As of August 3, 2015, the July 15, 2015 Fact Sheet has been archived.
07/27/2015
USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Expansion of Eligibility for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
USCIS is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for provisional waivers of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence.
07/22/2015
USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements for Modifications to the Oath of Allegiance
Effective July 21, 2015, new guidance (PA-2015-001 (PDF)) in the USCIS Policy Manual cla
07/21/2015
Final Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC
On April 9, 2015, the precedent decision Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (Simeio) (PDF) was issue
07/21/2015