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.
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.
On March 31, 2023, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its policy regarding self-identified gender markers on forms and documents. Gender marker selection is no longer required to match the gender indicated on supporting documents.
On March 31, 2023, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its policy regarding civil surgeon signatures on USCIS Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination, and Vaccination Record. Extending the validity of the civil surgeon’s signature from 60 days to up to 2 years.
On March 23, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that COVID-19-related flexibilities will end on March 23, 2023. This marks an end to the flexibility USCIS provided due to the impact of COVID-19. Read the full update here.
On March 17, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period from Friday, March 17, 2023, at Noon EST until Monday, March 20, 2023, at 5 pm EST.
The initial registration period for the 2024 H-1B Visa cap will open today, March 1st, at noon EST and run through noon EST on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives can complete and submit their registrations using the USCIS online H-1B registration system.