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Reversal of Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses Now Under Review

The Trump Administration has proceeded with plans to rescind the H-4 work authorization program, which has allowed certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States to apply for EADs [employment authorization documents] since 2015. On February 20, 2019, the Trump administration sent a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review that would halt work authorization for H-4 spouses. If OMB approves, the administration is expected to move forward with the regulatory process, including publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register and requesting public comments. Publication of a final rule could take months, and new legislation or lawsuits could h

Applicants Can Now Request U.S. Citizenship Certificates Online!

USCIS announced that applicants can now complete and file online Forms N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that applicants can now complete and file online Forms N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322. Applicants can file Form N-600 to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for themselves or their minor children if they: - Were born abroad and are claiming U.S. citizenship at birth through their parents; or - Automatically became a U.S.

House Representatives send Letter to USCIS Re Alarming Growth in Immigration Processing Delays

86 Democratic members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the USCIS Director expressing their "grave concerns about the alarming growth in processing delays" and requesting "prompt and detailed" responses to a series of related questions. The House Representatives sent a letter on February 12, 2019, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Lee Francis Cissna, stating that “clearly, policy changes implemented by the current administration in 2017 and 2018 have increasingly shifted the agency away from its service-oriented mission.” The letter further states that “Rather than continuing to seek ways to simplify and streamline its benefit-delivery systems, USCI

Proposed EB-5 Rule in Final Stages - Significantly Increases Investment Amount!

Final USCIS EB-5 regulations is in its final stages and has progressed to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) office for final review. The regulation, known as the “The EB-5 Modernization Regulation" is on its way to be published as a Final Rule. OMB Review is the last step in the rulemaking process before publication of a final rule. It’s anticipated that the Final Rule will go in effect in a couple months. After OMB review, the Final Rule will be published in the Federal Register and will become effective no less than thirty days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Here's a summary of the provisions: - Increase the standard minimum EB-5 investment amount to $1,800,

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