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USCIS Announces First Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

USCIS announced today that it will begin implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, filed under the E13 multinational executive and manager classification (EB1C) or the E21 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver (NIW).  The expansion will occur in phases:  EB1C Upgrade Schedule  Start Date  Corresponding Filing/Priority Dates  June 1, 2022  On or before Jan. 1, 2021  July 1, 2022  On or before March 1, 2021  NIW Upgrade Schedule  Start Date  Corresponding Filing/Priority Dates  June 1, 2022  On or before Jan. 1, 2021  As specified by Congress, this final rule allows USCIS 45 days...

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USCIS Announces Temporary Automatic Extension for Eligible EAD Categories

USCIS announced today that effective May 4, 2022, it is temporarily amending existing regulations to increase the automatic extension period when renewing Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days. This only applies to those EAD categories currently eligible EAD categories currently eligible for the previous up to 180-day automatic extension of employment authorization.  With this temporary rule, USCIS will provide up to 360 additional days (for a total of up to 540 days) of automatic extension time to eligible applicants with a pending EAD renewal application. This increase will be available to eligible renewal...

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TN Processing Changes in Mexico

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico have resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas. It is important to note that TN appointments are now only available in Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, and Guadalajara. Previously scheduled TN appointments in Tijuana will be honored, but expedited appointments cannot be accommodated, and new TN appointments cannot be made. For the most up-to-date information on which types of visas can be processed at which locations in Mexico, please visit the website for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.  ...

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USCIS Updates Policy Guidance on Certain First-Preference Immigrants

In a Policy Alert issued today, USCIS updates its guidance relating to two evidentiary criteria pertaining to extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher/professor petitions to more closely align with recently issued nonimmigrant guidance for the O-1 visa. First, the policy clarifies that “published material” about the candidate (or the candidate’s work in the case of an outstanding researcher or professor) in professional or major trade publications or other media is no longer limited to printed articles. Rather, a petitioner may submit other forms of evidence, including a transcript of audio or video coverage. Second, the guidance confirms that, in the extraordinary ability...

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USCIS Issues Policy Guidance to Address Work Authorization Documentation for L and E Dependent Spouses

In a Policy Alert published on March 18, 2022, USCIS confirmed that following its November 2021 announcement that E and L dependent spouses are now work authorized incident to valid status, USCIS will begin making system modifications to reflect new Class of Admission (COA) codes to distinguish between E and L spouses and children. As of January 30, 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began issuing Form I-94 with the following codes for E and L spouses: E-1S, E-2S, E-3S, and L-2S. An unexpired Form I-94 that reflects one of these new COA codes for E and L spouses is...

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