CNN reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a memo further clarifying President Obama’s vow to make it “easier and faster” for foreign entrepreneurs to work in the U.S., primarily featuring a new opportunity regarding parole status, which is typically granted for humanitarian purposes as a way to enter the country without a visa, and is now being proposed to enable inventors, researchers and startup owners to legally enter the U.S. for an unspecified period of time.

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Bloomberg reports that President Obama’s immigration plan to keep highly skilled immigrant workers in the U.S. as well as deportation protection for an estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents also includes provisions to increase job portability for immigrants with approved employment-based petitions who can’t get visas because of annual caps, expansion of the optional practical training program, a review of the permanent labor certification program, and guidance on L-1B intracompany transferee visas for “specialized knowledge” workers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is also about to publish a final rule granting work authorization to H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B highly skilled guestworkers who are in the process of obtaining lawful permanent residence through employment.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that, on November 20th, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its website, which will still offer the user-friendly icons and tabs you are familiar with, only will now provide easy-to-navigate sections on USCIS news, outreach events, educational webinars, and other services.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will honor more than 3,000 service members, military spouses and veterans taking the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens at nearly 40 naturalization ceremonies on Nov. 7-14 in honor of Veterans Day.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct system maintenance from 9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 7.

During this time, online tools will be unavailable, including:

  • Check My Case Status
  • e-Request
  • Change of Address Online
  • Check Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • FOIA Status Check
  • Forms by Mail
  • Office Locator

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began transferring some casework from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) to balance workloads, primarily processing of Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that you must submit biometrics if you are applying or re-registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and are over 14 years old.  Biometrics include a photograph, signature, and/or fingerprints. USCIS will schedule an appointment for you to go to an Application Support Center (ASC) to have your biometrics electronically captured about four to eight weeks after you file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on amending its regulations governing when and how USCIS will 1) correspond with, 2) issue a notice of decision to, or 3) provide documents to an applicant, petitioner, or requester, and/or an attorney of record or accredited representative. USCIS is in the process of updating Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, to reflect the changes in this rule.

You can view the revised forms at www.regulations.gov in Docket ID USCIS-2008-0037.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy (PA-2014-009) redefining “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS) collaborated in the development of this policy. USCIS and DOS concluded that the term “mother” and “parent” under the INA includes any mother who:

  • Gave birth to the child, and
  • Was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the relevant jurisdiction.

Under this new policy, a mother who meets this definition but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will:

  • Be able to petition for her child based on their relationship
  • Be eligible to have her child petition for her based on their relationship
  • Be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements are met.

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