Immigration Solutions

Automatic 540 Day Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension – May 4, 2022

Certain applicants who have filed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, qualify for automatic extensions of their expiring employment authorization and/or EADs for up to 540 days if they: Properly filed Form I-765 for a renewal of their employment authorization and/or EAD before their current EAD expired, and Are otherwise eligible for a renewal, which … Read more

3/30/22 – USCIS Service Center Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to All Forms

From USCIS on 3/30/22: As part of our credit card payment pilot program, the USCIS service centers are now accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for all forms. The goal of this pilot is to bring USCIS one step closer to accepting digital payments using a credit card at … Read more

3/30/22 – USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

From USCIS on 3/30/22 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain flexibilities through July 25, 2022, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors. We anticipate this may be the final extension of these flexibilities. USCIS will consider a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set … Read more

CBP Starts Issuing New I-94 Designations for L-2 and E Dependent Spouses Granting EAD – Employment Authorization – Incident to Status

On January 31, 2022, (CBP) Customs and Border Protection began issuing I-94 forms with new designations for L-2 and E visa dependents. The new designations for L-2 and E dependent spouses specifically will serve as evidence that holders are authorized to be employed based on their nonimmigrant status. Previously, L-2 and E dependent spouses were … Read more

USCIS will no longer accept a single combined payment on certain forms filed together with an H1-B or H-1B1 petition

For all H-1B and H-1B1 petitions received on or after April 1, 2022, USCIS will no longer accept a single, combined fee payment when Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; or Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, is filed together with an H-1B … Read more

USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories

From USCIS – Release Date 02/18/2022 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services encourages eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories, because there is an exceptionally high number of … Read more

Immigration in the Build Back Better Act

Work permit / Travel Permit program: The House provision would grant at least 7 million undocumented immigrants “parole,” formally admitting them into the United States if they file an application, pay a fee and pass background checks. Then they would be eligible to apply for permits, authorization to travel outside of the United States, and … Read more

Essential Workers Update – Immigration Reform Reconciliation Bill – 9/14/2021

On September 13, 2021 the Immigration Language for the Reconciliation Bill passed. You can find it here. 1) It creates a path to Permanent Residency for Dreamers, (anyone who came to the US under the age of 18 and has continuously resided here since January 1, 2021 would be considered a dreamer). 2) Essential workers: those … Read more

USCIS Creates a New Webpage for Lockbox Filing Location Updates – 2021

09/01/2021. USCIS has created a new Lockbox Filing Location Updates page on their website for customers to keep track of updates we make to lockbox filing locations. You can use this page to easily see which lockbox form filing locations USCIS has updated and when USCIS made the update. USCIS will update this page regularly, but USCIS … Read more

New Notice of Filing Address for ETA 9089 Petitions

Reminder for those who file PERM and Schedule A I-140 petitions: There is a new ANPC Mailing Address for ETA 9089 Notice of Filings. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/16/2021-15112/relocation-of-the-office-of-foreign-labor-certifications-atlanta-national-processing-center-change Employers are reminded to adhere to regulatory requirements at 20 CFR 656.10(d), including providing ANPC’s correct new mailing address, specified above, on the Notice of Filing (NOF) that must be posted … Read more