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FY 2025 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens Today

Entrants have until Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the State Department’s strict requirements. A closer look The State Department began accepting online registrations for the Fiscal…

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DHS Extends and Redesignates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), from March 11, 2024 to September 10, 2025. DHS has also redesignated Venezuela for TPS from October 3, 2023 to April 2, 2025. The registration period…

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H-1B Cap Petition Filing Period Closes October 31

Employers have just a few more weeks to file petitions for foreign nationals selected in the second FY 2024 H-1B cap lottery. USCIS must receive all cap petitions by October 31, 2023. The issue The second filing period for the Fiscal Year…

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Federal Shutdown Averted for Now

President Biden has signed a short-term spending bill that will fund the federal government – including immigration operations – through November 17, 2023. The issue A continuing resolution passed by Congress and signed by President Biden late Saturday will fund…

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FY 2025 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 4

Entrants have from Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at noon EDT until Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official Diversity Visa lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the State Department’s strict requirements.…

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USCIS Increases Maximum Validity Period to Five Years for Several Categories of EADs, Including Adjustment of Status EADs

Effective immediately, USCIS is increasing the maximum validity period of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in several work authorization categories to five years, from a maximum of one or two years under its prior policy. The new five-year maximum validity will…

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Israeli Nationals Eligible for Visa Waiver Program Starting November 30

Starting November 30, 2023, Israeli nationals will be able to apply for travel to the United States as B-1/B-2 visitors under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If deemed eligible, they will not need a visa from a U.S. consulate for…

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Starting October 1, USCIS Eliminates Biometrics Fee and Routine Biometrics Collection for I-539 Applicants

Form I-539 applications to change or extend nonimmigrant status that are postmarked on or after October 1, 2023 will not require a biometrics fee and in most cases, will not be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. USCIS is following through…

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DHS Extends and Redesignates Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status; Extends Relaxed Employment Options for Afghan F-1 Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended and redesignated Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), from November 21, 2023 to May 20, 2025. The registration period for new TPS applicants will run from September 25, 2023 to May 20,…

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Proposed Regulation Amending Aspects of the H-1B Program Under Federal Review

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed rule that would amend several aspects of the H-1B program has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The rule is expected to amend the definition of the employer-employee…

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August 2023 DOL PERM and PWD Processing Times

As of August 31, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) was conducting analyst review for PERM applications filed in October 2022 or earlier, and processing audited cases with priority dates of June 2022 or earlier. DOL is working on standard…

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October Visa Bulletin – As New Fiscal Year Begins, India Final Action Dates Will Advance Significantly for Most Employment-Based Categories While China Advances More Modestly; USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing in October

In October, the EB-1 Final Action Date will advance by five years for India, to January 1, 2017, and by just two weeks for China, to February 15, 2022, while the EB-1 category for all other countries will become current…

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Federal District Court Invalidates DACA Regulation But Maintains Benefits for Current Grantees

A federal district judge has ruled that the Biden Administration’s 2022 DACA regulation is unlawful on the grounds that it violates the Administrative Procedure Act — the same basis for an earlier ruling striking down the Obama Administration memorandum that…

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Budget Impasse Could Lead to Federal Shutdown, Though Some Immigration Processing Would Continue

If appropriations legislation or a stopgap spending bill is not passed by Congress by September 30, 2023, the federal government will enter a partial shutdown on October 1. A shutdown would mean that fee-based immigration processing – including USCIS benefit…

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DHS Extends TPS Re-registration Periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan

The Department of Homeland Security has announced an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) re-registration periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan to 18 months. The re-registration periods were initially 60 days. Details on the TPS…

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Department of State Announces All Available Diversity Visas Issued for 2023

The U.S. Department of State has announced that, as of September 7, 2023, it has issued all available diversity visas (DVs) for 2023. The Department of State acknowledges that the early conclusion of the 2023 program may be disappointing to selectees who…

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Immigration Obligations During Strikes and Other Labor Actions – What Employers Need to Know

With labor actions on the rise – including a possible autoworkers strike in the coming days – all employers of foreign workers need to be aware of their obligations and the impact to their nonimmigrant workforce during a labor strike…

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DHS Extends and Redesignates South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status; Extends Relaxed Employment Options for South Sudanese F-1 Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended and redesignated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), from November 4, 2023 through May 3, 2025.  The initial registration period for new TPS applicants will run from September 6, 2023 through…

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USCIS Gives Beneficiaries of Revised Age-Out Policy Extra Time to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS has issued additional Child Status Protection Act guidance to allow the agency to exercise its discretion to accept an adjustment application and accord CSPA protections to a foreign national even if more than one year has elapsed since their…

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DHS Extends and Redesignates Ukraine and Sudan for Temporary Protected Status; Expands Employment Options for Ukrainian and Sudanese F-1 Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended and redesignated Ukraine and Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), from October 20, 2023 to April 19, 2025. The registration period for new TPS applicants will run from August 21, 2023 to…

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Global Entry Opens to Eligible Citizens of the Dominican Republic

Qualified Dominican Republic citizens are now eligible to apply for the Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced. Successful applicants will benefit from expedited immigration and customs clearance when they enter the United States through…

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Travel Tips for F-1 Students on OPT or Planning a Change of Status to H-1B

If you are an F-1 student who has applied for or is working on optional practical training (OPT) or who is or will be the beneficiary of a petition to change status to H-1B in this year’s H-1B cap filing…

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July 2023 DOL PERM and PWD Processing Times

As of July 31, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) was conducting analyst review for PERM applications filed in September 2022 or earlier, and processing audited cases with priority dates of June 2022 or earlier. DOL is working on standard…

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September Visa Bulletin – EB-2 Worldwide and EB-3 China Professional/Skilled Workers Advance, Other Employment-Based Categories Hold Steady; USCIS to Honor Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Categories

In September, the EB-2 Final Action Date for all countries except India and China will advance by three months, to July 1, 2022. The EB-3 China Professional/Skilled Worker Final Action Date will also advance by three months, to September 1,…

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DHS Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Pilot Program to Allow Remote I-9 Document Examination by Certain Non-E-Verify Employers

DHS is soliciting comments from the public on a proposed pilot program that will allow certain employers not enrolled in E-Verify to use remote I-9 document inspection procedures similar to those recently authorized for qualifying E-Verify employers. DHS proposes to…

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