U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new edition of Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Status. You may begin using the revised Form I-407 today. The current edition is dated 02/26/2015 and USCIS will not accept previous form editions.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that, on March 18, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida granted a motion filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) effectively permitting the DOL to restart its issuance of temporary labor certifications under the H-2B visa program through April 15, 2015.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that, as of March 17, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice.

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On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2016 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2016 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers its response to a court order entered March 4, 2015. Due to this decision, starting March 4, the Department of Labor (DOL) is no longer accepting or processing requests for prevailing wage determinations or applications for temporary labor certifications in the H-2B program. Because H-2B petitions require temporary labor certifications issued by DOL, USCIS has also temporarily suspended adjudication of H-2B petitions.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form G-28 Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. Beginning April 13, 2015, USCIS will not accept earlier versions of Form G-28.

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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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