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Jumpstart Bill Proposed for Green Cards

The Jumpstart Our Legal Immigration System Act (Jumpstart), introduced by Zoe Lofgren (D-Calf.) in the House of Representatives, if passed, could revolutionize the green card process. The legislation would recapture thousands of unused family- and employment-based visas and allow beneficiaries to expedite their processes by paying additional fees. The Jumpstart Act would help to eliminate... Continue Reading
April 19, 2022

Ukraine, Sudan Temporary Protected Status Application Instructions Issued

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Federal Register notice with instructions on how to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Ukraine and Sudan. Both designations run for 18 months, until October 19, 2023. When Ukrainian TPS was originally announced, only individuals who had continuously resided in the United States since March... Continue Reading
April 19, 2022

Cameroon Designated for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. The designation is based on the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon. Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “Cameroonian nationals currently residing in the U.S. who cannot safely return due to the extreme violence perpetrated by government forces... Continue Reading
April 18, 2022

H-1B Cap Registrations Selected for FY 2023

On April 18, 2022, USCIS announced that it had received 483,927 registrations for the FY 2023 H-1B Cap. This is the largest number ever received – almost 200,000 more than the total count of 308,613 for FY 2022. Out of the 487,927 registration applications, USCIS selected 127,600 to fill the 85,000 available spots. Employers whose... Continue Reading
April 18, 2022

Mandatory Use of Electronic System for Travel Authorization for Visitors on Visa Waiver Program

Starting May 2, 2022, foreign nationals who are citizens of the 40 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will have to use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to enter the United States at land ports of entry. The paper Form I-94W, Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record, that is currently in use at the northern... Continue Reading
April 8, 2022

Bill Approved by House Legalizing Marijuana Also Would Affect Immigrants

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act passed the House of Representatives on April 1, 2022. If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the bill would clear marijuana-related convictions from people’s records and remove marijuana from the federal controlled substances list. The bill specifically prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under... Continue Reading
April 6, 2022

New Form I-9 Is in the Works

A new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification is in the works.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments on its proposed changes to the form. Used by all employers, Form I-9 has always had many traps for the unwary.  DHS, with its proposed changes, is trying to simplify and clarify things. The proposed... Continue Reading
April 4, 2022

More Than Twice as Many H-2B Visas to be Available for Summer Season

As they did for last summer, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of FY 2022. This more than doubles the usual 33,000 allocation or cap for the summer. Of the new 35,000 visas, 23,500... Continue Reading
April 4, 2022

DHS on New Premium Processing

The Department of Homeland Security set out the specifics about the upcoming new premium processing benefits in the Federal Register on March 30, 2022. The details, however, did not include any specific implementation dates, which it said depends on when the revenues exist to cover potential costs. The plan is to make premium processing available... Continue Reading
April 1, 2022

USCIS Measures to Ease Processing Times

Just as the Biden Administration is proposing increased funding for USCIS to help reduce the agency’s backlog, USCIS is announcing  future new actions to improve processing times. USCIS: Plans to expand staffing, improve its technology, and establish new internal cycle time goals (the amount of time it takes to process a typical case). As the... Continue Reading
March 29, 2022