U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published the revised Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization with a 02/13/15, edition date.

The revised Form I-765 contains the eligibility category (c)(26) for certain H-4 dependent spouses to apply for employment authorization. If you are filing under the new H-4 rule, please provide the receipt number of your H-1B principal spouse’s most recent Form I-797 Notice of Approval for Form I-129.

Please note that you may not apply for employment authorization under the new H-4 rule until May 26, 2015. While USCIS will continue to accept versions of the form with edition date 05/27/08 or later, H-4 applicants should use the 02/13/15 version of the form to prevent delays or the need for USCIS to issue you a request for evidence. For more information about the H-4 rule and eligibility for employment authorization under the H-4 rule, please visit our Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Web page.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses who want to apply for employment authorization under the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses final rule.

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Please note that you may not apply for employment authorization under this rule until May 26, 2015. Until the H-4 rule takes effect on May 26, 2015, USCIS will not accept any Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization requesting employment authorization based on your H-4 status. If you submit a Form I-765 before May 26, 2015 USCIS will reject your application and return it and the filing fee to you. You would then need to re-submit the application on or after May 26, 2015.

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Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of the stay for an H-1B nonimmigrant.  USCIS will continue to premium process H-1B Extension of Stay petitions filed with Form I-907 premium requests prior to May 26, 2015.

USCIS will refund the premium processing fee if:

  • A petitioner filed H-1B petitions prior to May 26, 2015, using the premium processing service, and
  • USCIS did not act on the case within the 15-calendar-day period.

Premium processing remains available for all other Form I-129 H-1B petitions, including petitions subject to the H-1B cap that are requesting a change of nonimmigrant status or consular notification.

This temporary suspension will allow USCIS to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses final rule in a timely manner and adjudicate applications for employment authorization filed by H-4 nonimmigrants under the new regulations.

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Beginning May 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept only the new version (edition date: 03/04/2015) of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2015 are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 15, 2015. On April 1, USCIS began accepting applications for this competitive grant opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning these petitions is uncertain.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published the revised Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service with a 01/29/15 edition date. Starting June 1, 2015 USCIS will accept only the 01/29/15 edition of Form I-907.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that Director León Rodríguez and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed a letter of agreement to begin a partnership to strengthen citizenship education and awareness efforts. The agreement will remain in effect until December 2017. “Our partnership with Atlanta will strengthen local efforts to help aspiring citizens find the information and resources needed to succeed during the naturalization process,” said Rodríguez. “USCIS is proud to join forces with Mayor Reed to expand citizenship education and awareness efforts and to support permanent residents as they consider the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.”

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched an enhanced tool to find local doctors authorized to perform medical examinations for green card applicants. The improved Find a Doctor locator lets you enter your address or ZIP code to search for a doctor based on distance. You can also look up directions and find local transportation as well as a helpful checklist of what to bring to your doctor visit.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that it will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, on April 27, 2015. USCIS first announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.

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