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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NBC News reports that, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez, immigrants should be able to start applying for deportation relief and work permits in the middle of May and February. First up will be those applying for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), then parents of U.S. citizens and legal resident children should be able to begin applying in May.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redesigned www.uscis.gov/careers to make it easier for job seekers to learn about vacancies, special hiring programs, benefits, career development opportunities and the hiring process.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds all approved EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept. 30, 2014, that they must file Form I-924A Supplement to Form I-924, for fiscal year 2014. Regional centers must submit Form I-924A no later than Dec. 29, 2014. If a regional center fails to file Form I-924A, USCIS will issue a notice of intent to terminate participation in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

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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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