On September 27, 2023, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, alongside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, made a significant announcement—Israel’s inclusion in the esteemed Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This development, set to be realized by November 30, 2023, will foster easier and more efficient travel between Israel and the United States, facilitating both tourism and business ventures.
USCIS announces the elimination of the biometric services fee for Form I-539, affecting various nonimmigrant statuses including H-4, L-2, and E. This change becomes effective on October 1 and will impact both new and existing applicants.
The US Department of State has announced critical dates concerning the expiration of MRV fee receipts issued before October 1, 2022. Be informed to avoid unnecessary additional costs.
In this post, we dissect the recent changes to the USCIS policy manual regarding the “Sought to Acquire” requirement under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). This update, effective as of Feb. 14, 2023, clarifies how extraordinary circumstances may excuse an applicant’s failure to meet this requirement.
USCIS has made vital changes to the way they issue receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees. Filing of Form I-129S and Form I-129 will now result in two separate notices, providing more efficient and organized processing for petitioners.
USCIS has conducted additional random selections for FY 2024 H-1B cap, due to increased demand. Learn about the significant uptick in registrations and the anti-fraud measures in place to ensure fair proceedings.
USCIS recently determined that we would need to select additional registrations to reach the FY 2024 numerical allocations. Soon, USCIS will select additional registrations from previously submitted electronic registrations using a random selection process.
June 14, 2023 – USCIS has released new policy guidance on the eligibility criteria for initial and renewal applications for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in compelling circumstances. This guidance covers eligibility requirements, potential compelling circumstances, and the evidence necessary to demonstrate these circumstances. Stay updated on these critical immigration changes and learn what they could mean for your status and employment opportunities in the U.S.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has broadened its premium processing services for specific Form I-539 applicants, including those seeking to change to F, M, or J nonimmigrant status. This phased implementation starts from June 13 and is expected to make the immigration system more efficient.
Richards and Jurusik Immigration Update for April 2023 – At Richards and Jurusik, we handle a broad scope of immigration matters. This update covers several USCIS policy changes, our new YouTube videos, the newest Arrive Podcast Episodes, recent client testimonials, and our monthly case spotlight. This update covers changes and updates in April 2023.