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USCIS Offers Temporary Flexibility for Applicants and Petitioners Affected by Lockbox Delays

The USCIS is offering flexibility to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delays at a USCIS lockbox.

Additional 22,000 H2B Visas Made Available for FY-2021 For Certain Employers In Need

The DHS and DOL made 22,000 FY-2021 H2B visas available to certain employers in need, with 6,000 reserved for nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

DHS Withdraws Efforts to Rescind the International Entrepreneur Parole Program

On May 10, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is rescinding a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking to withdraw The International Entrepreneur parole program.

U.S. Mission in Russia No Longer Processing Non-Diplomatic Visas

Due to Russian Government-mandated staff reductions, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is no longer processing non-diplomatic visas or providing routine notarial services.

17 New Immigration Judges Take the Bench in April 2021

On May 6, 2021, the EOIR announced the swearing in of 17 new immigration judges, all of whom began their service in April 2021. The new immigration judges include several administrative immigration judges.

USCIS Withdraws Proposed Rule on Biometrics Expansion

On May 7, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the Department of Homeland Security withdrew a proposed rule that would have expanded the biometrics collection requirements.

EOIR Makes Interactive Policy Manual Available Online

The EOIR has made a new searchable interactive EOIR policy manual available to the public.

USCIS Completes H1B Initial Electronic Registration Process

On March 30, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it had received enough electronic registrations during the initial H1B registration period to reach the fiscal year 2022 H-1B cap for both regular H-1B petitions and masters cap petitions.

USCIS Reverts to Prior Blank Form Rejection Policy

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reverted its policy to that which was in effect prior to October 2019 regarding certain applications being submitted with blank spaces.

USCIS Returns to 1999 Public Charge Rules

The DHS declined to defend the new public charge rule of the Trump Administration and withdrew a corresponding affidavit of support rule, gradually moving back to the 1999 public charge rule.

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