ABC News reports that the Obama administration announced a visa rule revision that will allow spouses of some highly skilled immigrants to apply for work visas in the United States starting this year. Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), said the change will encourage more highly skilled workers to come to the U.S. on H-1B visas and apply for green cards. He said attracting those workers — and their spouses — will give a boost to America’s economy.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced February 24, 2015 that the final rule permitting certain H-4 spouses to apply for employment authorization will go into effect on May 26, 2015. The rule provides work permits upon application for H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are on the pathway to permanent residence, but who cannot yet apply for their green cards due to backlogs.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that:

“We are aware that some attorneys and accredited representatives who recently filed the current version of the G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, may have received a courtesy copy instead of an original document. This occurred because we recently made necessary system changes to incorporate the new features that appear on the revised Form G-28. Release of the new Form G-28 has been temporarily delayed and, as a result, is not yet available for public use. We expect the new Form G-28 will be out soon, however, in the interim, USCIS adjusted its notice mailing process until the new form is available for public use.”

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will honor Presidents Day by welcoming approximately 5,000 new U.S. citizens during nearly 40 Presidents Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country Feb. 13-22.

“Congratulations to the nearly 5,000 immigrants who will become U.S. citizens around Presidents Day,” said USCIS Director León Rodríguez. “Citizenship is a critical component of immigrant integration. It provides immigrants with an equal footing, and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion that strengthens the bonds of shared ownership in society. As we celebrate Presidents Day, I encourage anyone who is eligible for naturalization to consider the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship.”

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap”, on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015.  Jan. 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date prior to April 1, 2015.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that the final rule, Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, published on Oct. 29, 2014, is effective Jan. 27, 2015. This rule amends regulations governing when USCIS will:

– correspond with;

– issue a notice of decision to; or,

– provide documents to

an applicant, petitioner, or requester, and/or an attorney of record or accredited representative.

The rule also explains how a person can consent to have such notices and secure identification documents sent directly to a designated representative.

USCIS has updated Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, to reflect the changes in this rule. Form G-28 is currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). USCIS will publish the updated Form G-28 after OMB completes its review and approves the form. Until then, please continue to use the current Form G-28, edition date 02/28/2013.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a reminder that if you request either initial or renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you must submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and required fees. USCIS will reject your request if you fail to submit Form I-765, the required filing fee, Form I-765 Worksheet, and Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, containing an edition date of 10/23/14. On 1/9/15, USCIS changed the date after which it would only accept the 10/23/14 edition from 2/23/15 to 5/1/15.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), announce that the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden will be added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, which allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that the agency has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2015, marking the sixth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008. Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of certain qualifying crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. Although USCIS has reached the statutory cap of 10,000 U visas, it will continue to review pending petitions for eligibility.

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