Immigration News Update — Late-February 2022

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USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is encouraging eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status applications to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories. USCIS said this is because of the availability …

Immigration News Update — Mid-February 2022

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United States Once Again ‘Welcomes’ Immigrants: USCIS Announces New Mission Statement U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new mission statement after asking its employees to “submit words that they felt best illustrated the agency’s work.” The new mission statement reflects that feedback, along with Biden administration priorities and Director Ur Jaddou’s “vision for an inclusive and accessible agency,” …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — February 2022

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America COMPETES Act Passes in House On February 4, 2022, the House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521). The bill would exempt international science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates from the green card numerical cap, create a new visa category for entrepreneurs, and provide temporary protected status for Hong Kong residents. A conference …

Immigration News Update — February 2022

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International Entrepreneur Update: National Advocacy Groups Recommend Streamlining Parole Program; House Passes Bill To Create New Visa There have been several recent developments of interest to international entrepreneurs: National Advocacy Group Recommendations The Coalition for International Entrepreneurship, which consists of three dozen immigration and startup advocacy organizations and individuals, sent a letter on February 1, 2022, asking Department of Homeland …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — February 2022

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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens March 1 The initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon ET on March 1, 2022, and run through noon ET on March 18, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and …

Immigration News Update — Late January 2022

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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens March 1 The initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon ET on March 1, 2022, and run through noon ET on March 18, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late January 2022

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Biden Increases Opportunities for STEM Students and Professionals The Biden administration announced new actions to increase opportunities in the United States for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals, among others. A White House statement said the new actions are intended to “advance predictability and clarity for pathways for international STEM scholars, students, researchers, and experts to contribute …

Immigration News Update — Late January 2022

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Biden Administration Implements New Actions to Increase Opportunities for STEM Students, Professionals, Others The Biden administration announced new actions to increase opportunities in the United States for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals, among others. A White House statement said the new actions are intended to “advance predictability and clarity for pathways for international STEM scholars, students, …

Immigration News Update — Mid-January 2022

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USCIS Clarifies Guidance on O-1 Nonimmigrants in Arts vs. Motion Pictures and Television U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clarified guidance on how the agency determines whether an O-1B beneficiary will be evaluated as a person of extraordinary ability in the arts or as a person of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry when a case has …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — January 2022

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2022 Diversity Visa Applicants for Kabul and Baghdad Can Now Request Embassy Reassignment The Department of State announced on January 5, 2022, that those who are Diversity Visa (DV) selectees for the 2022 DV program year with a case assigned to the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, or Baghdad, Iraq, should request reassignment of their DV cases to another embassy …