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  • USCIS Confirms Form I-693 Medical Examination Edition Date is Determined by Civil Surgeon’s Signature Date

    As of Friday October 1, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a new edition of Form I-693, the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.  This new version of Form I-693 requires all green card applicants to receive a full series vaccine for COVID-19. The new form is dated 9/13/2021 and as of October 1, 2021, USCIS will only accept the 9/13/2021 […]

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  • USCIS Once Again Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

    On September 24, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will once again be extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, USCIS announced it would give certain applicants, petitioners, and requestors more time to respond to […]

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  • In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, USCIS welcomes 21,000 new citizens in the U.S.

    On September 17, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming 21,000 new citizens in 335 naturalization ceremonies across the country between September 17 and September 23.  Each year, USCIS celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by holding special naturalization ceremonies across the […]

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  • Biden administration appeals Texas court ruling finding DACA unlawful

    On September 10, 2021, the Biden Administration appealed a Texas court ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful. While the Texas ruling does not automatically cancel current permits for Dreamers, it does block the government from approving all new DACA applications.  The DACA program […]

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  • DHS will continue Temporary Protected Status Designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan

    On September 9, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced there will be an automatic extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Notably, the automatic extension of TPS-related documentation includes Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), which […]

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  • USCIS Announces that Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers

    The H-2B program allow a U.S. employer or agent to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs. This classification requires a temporary labor certification issued by the Secretary of Labor. Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the first […]

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  • DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program

    On May 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking that sought to get rid of the International Entrepreneur Parole program (“IEP Program”). The IEP Program was established by DHS through the International Entrepreneur Rule (“IE Rule”) during the final […]

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  • Biden Administration Closes Chapter on Trump-era “Public Charge” Rule

    On March 9, 2021, the Supreme Court agreed to a Biden administration request to dismiss an upcoming case challenging the Trump administration’s highly contested “public charge” rule.  This means the Biden Administration has officially closed the chapter on the Trump-era Public Charge rule.    Under the Public Charge Final Rule, the Trump administration expanded the application of […]

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  • Biden Administration Rescinds Buy American Hire American Executive Order & 2017 Computer Programmer Memo

    President Biden signed an executive order which essentially revoked former President Trump’s Buy American Hire American (BAHA) executive order, as well as the 2017 Computer Programmer Memo. President Trump signed the BAHA executive order on April 18, 2017. The order claimed to increase wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and directed agencies to issue rules […]

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  • USCIS Issues Updated Guidance Regarding the Educational Requirements for Naturalization

    On February 22, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. Specifically, USCIS announced it will be reverting to the 2008 naturalization civics test starting March 1, 2021, thereby eliminating the revised naturalization civics test that was implemented on December 1, 2020 (“2020 civics test”).   […]

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