USCIS UPDATE – USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities through Jan. 24, 2023
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USCIS UPDATE – USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities through Jan. 24, 2023

On October 24, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued another extension to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors respond to agency requests through Jan. 24, 2022. With this extension, USCIS has indicated that this will likely be the final extension of these flexibilities. Read more about this USCIS update here.

USCIS PROCESSING UPDATE – USCIS Adjudication of Form I-765
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USCIS PROCESSING UPDATE – USCIS Adjudication of Form I-765

When you file a USCIS Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status to a US Permanent Resident (Green Card) along with  USICS Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization and USCIS Form I-131 Application for Travel Authorization concurrently (At the same time), USCIS will adjudicate the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization first. If approved, USCIS will issue the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) without joint travel authorization. They will then adjudicate Form I-131 Application for Travel Authorization separately.

USCIS UPDATE – Military Naturalization Guidance for Calixto Class Members
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USCIS UPDATE – Military Naturalization Guidance for Calixto Class Members

On October 7, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual as a result of a settlement agreement in Calixto to v. Department of the Army, Civ. A. No. 18-1551 (PLF) (D.D.C.), known as the Calixto Agreement. Effective Sept. 22, 2022, the U.S. Army agreed to certify Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service, for Calixto class members.

How do I pay USCIS filing fees by credit card?

How do I pay USCIS filing fees by credit card?

When you file a petition or application with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is important to include the filing fees with an acceptable form of payment. If you submit a case to USCIS without payment or with an incorrect form of payment, your case will be rejected and returned. Also, if your credit card is declined, USCIS will reject your case. We discuss paying USCIS filing fees by credit card below.

How do I pay USCIS filing fees by check?

How do I pay USCIS filing fees by check?

When you file a petition or application with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is important to include the filing fees with an acceptable form of payment. If you submit a case to USCIS without payment or with an incorrect form of payment, your case will be rejected and returned. Also, if your check is returned for insufficient funds, USCIS will reject your case. We discuss payment by check below.

USCIS Update – Extension of Temporary Waiver of 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693
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USCIS Update – Extension of Temporary Waiver of 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693

On September 29, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an extension of the temporary waiver of the validity of the civil surgeon’s signature on USCIS Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record through March 31, 2023, for all Form I-693s that have not been adjudicated regardless of when the application was filed or signed by the civil surgeon.  

USCIS Update – Next Phase of EB-1 and EB-2 I-140 Petitions to begin Sep. 15, 2022
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USCIS Update – Next Phase of EB-1 and EB-2 I-140 Petitions to begin Sep. 15, 2022

On September 15, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the next phase in the Form I-907 Premium Processing expansion for qualifying EB-1 and EB-2 petitioners with pending I-140 Petitions.

USCIS makes March 20, 2020 Signature Flexibility Policy Permanent
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USCIS makes March 20, 2020 Signature Flexibility Policy Permanent

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued yet another extension to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors respond to agency requests through Oct.  23, 2022. In addition, USCIS made March 20, 2020, Signature Policy Permanent. Read more about this USCIS update here.

What is the USCIS VIBE program?
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What is the USCIS VIBE program?

As an employer when you file a petition or application with USCIS, they must verify that you as the employer are a legitimate business. In a typical filing, USCIS will rely on the paperwork and evidence submitted with the petition or application. If USCIS determines the paperwork submitted is not sufficient, USCIS can rely on the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) Program to verify business information. Learn why you should verify your company’s information in the VIBE Program before filing with USCIS.

What is form I-9 and why is it important?
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What is form I-9 and why is it important?

The purpose of USCIS Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is to verify both the identity and employment authorization of employees hired to work in the United States. Employers are required to complete Form I-9 for ALL employees hired to work in the United States. Read more about USCIS Form I-9 and why it is important.