Latest Immigration News and Updates

USCIS Welcoming 4,000 New Citizens July 1-4 to Celebrate Independence Day

6/29/15 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday by welcoming more than 4,000 new U.S. citizens at over 50 naturalization ceremonies across the country July 1-4. (Read more)

USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap

04/07/2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. (Read more)

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence

02/24/2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States. (Read more)

President Obama announced Immigration Accountability Executive Actions

11/20/2014 The President announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, which should impact millions undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Some undocumented immigrants will receive a temporary relief from deportation and authorization to work, while others will become a highest priority for deportation. (Read more)

10-year visa policy for Chinese tourists and businessmen

11/10/2014 President Barack Obama announced Monday that the U.S. and China have agreed to a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy for tourists and businessmen. The agreement will allow citizens of each country to travel between the two countries for up to 10 years on a single visa, putting China on level footing with other major trade partners like Brazil and several European countries. (Read more)

New E-Verify Service Combats Fraud, Protects Identity, Educates Workers

10/7/2014 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website designed for employees. myE-Verify is a one-stop shop for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts and access new features for identity protection. (Read more)

Secretary Johnson Announces Process for DACA Renewal

6/5/2014 Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted to the Federal Register an updated form to allow individuals previously enrolled in DACA, to renew their deferral for a period of two years. At the direction of the Secretary, effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting renewal requests. USCIS will also continue to accept requests for DACA from individuals who have not previously sought to access the program. (Read more)

USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 Beginning April 1, 2014

3/25/2014 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the correct fee. USCIS will not rely on the date that the petition is postmarked. (Read more)

Governor Brown Signs Immigration Legislation

10/5/2013 As advocates rally across the nation today to urge Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to enhance school, workplace and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants. While gridlock continues in Washington, California continues to move forward on immigration reform. On Thursday, Governor Brown signed AB 60, extending the legal right to drive on the state’s roadways to millions of Californians and in October 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 131, the California Dream Act. (Read more)

Green Card Lottery for 2015 Starts Today

10/1/2013 Online registration for the DV 2015 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). (Read more)

Government Shutdown will limit operations of the Executive Office of Immigration Review

10/1/2013 According to the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) operations will be limited during lapse of Government Funding starting on October 1, 2013. Immigration courts nationwide will continue to adjudicate detained cases only while other functions will be suspended. (Read more)

Illegal Immigrants are now allowed to obtain driver’s licenses in California

9/15/2013 The AB60 Bill was approved Thursday by Calif. Legislature. After decades of debating, illegal immigrants will now be able to obtain driver’s licenses in California. According to KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou, the state Assembly voted 55-19 in favor of the AB60. Gov. Jerry Brown stated that with this new bill, he hopes Washington will sense the urgency in the ongoing immigration reform matter. (Read more)

USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for Fourth Straight Fiscal Year

9/05/2013 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2013. This marks the fourth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008. (Read more)

Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi Nationals

8/29/2013 USCIS reminds you that authorization for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the United States government will expire on Sept. 30, 2013. (Read more)

Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

7/1/2013 After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. (Read more)

USCIS to Expand Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative

5/8/2013 In just over one year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) innovative Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative has produced real benefits that will strengthen agency policies and practices relating to job-creating immigrant entrepreneurs who help advance American economic growth. (Read more)

The USCIS Immigrant Fee is now in effect

4/22/2013 Any individual who on or after February 1, 2013 receives an immigrant visa package from a United States consulate or embassy abroad (including Canada and Mexico) must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee. (Read more)

USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

4/8/2013 For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. (Read more)

USCIS to Welcome More Than 19,000 New Citizens

2/15/2013 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will recognize Presidents Day, welcoming more than 19,000 people as U.S. citizens during 135 naturalization ceremonies across the country Feb. 15 through Feb. 22. (Read more)

Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

1/2/2013 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances.(Read more)