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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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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