U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces it is open to enabling J-2 dependents to be employed while in H-4 status, but does not agree that J-2 derivatives may change to any nonimmigrant status.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Vermont Service Center (VSC) announces Laura Zuchowski as their new permanent Director.

Leon Rodriguez was sworn in Wednesday June 9, 2014 as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a ceremony at USCIS headquarters. Rodriguez comes to USCIS with a broad legal background and will lead the nearly 18,000 employee agency responsible for administering the nation’s immigration and naturalization system.

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reminds members that beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Lori Scialabba will help USCIS celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday by welcoming approximately 9,000 new U.S. citizens during more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country this week.

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On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Leon Rodriguez, who currently serves as Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office for Civil Rights, to be the new Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In light of the policy change, effective June 1, 2014, limiting the validity period of medical examinations to one year from the date that USCIS receives the form, the USCIS National Benefits Center instructs that Form I-693 should be submitted one of three ways: together with Form I-485, after filing Form I-485, or in person at an interview at a USCIS field office, if an interview is required.

Beginning June 2014, USCIS will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record to one year from the date of submission to USCIS.

For updated instructions on filing Form I-693, visit here.

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated processing time reports this week for the California Service Center (CSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC), the Texas Service Center (TSC), the Vermont Service Center (VSC), the National Benefits Center (NBC), and the EB-5 Program.

For information about current processing times, visit here.

As of June 5, 2014, USCIS now accepts DACA renewal requests while continuing to accept new DACA requests.

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