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USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions

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Release Date: Oct. 23, 2017 WASHINGTON — Under updated policy guidance (PDF, 97 KB), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. …

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Temporary Protected Status for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018

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Temporary Protected Status for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018 Release Date: Sept. 18, 2017 WASHINGTON—Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has determined that conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after reviewing country conditions, and after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials’ consultations with the appropriate U.S. government agencies. Acting Secretary Duke …

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Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months

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Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months Release Date: Sept. 18, 2017 WASHINGTON—Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of South Sudan (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) through May 2, 2019. After consulting with the appropriate U.S. government agencies, and reviewing …

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas Release Date: Sept. 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the …

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Statement on people impersonating ICE officials in Houston

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Statement on people impersonating ICE officials in Houston There are disturbing reports that people impersonating Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are knocking on doors in the Houston area telling residents to evacuate — presumably so these imposters can rob the empty homes. Real HSI officials wear badges that are labeled “special agent,” which members of the public can ask …

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