USCIS News Articles

  • Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request

    G-639 Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request

    Published on September 21, 2021

    Form G-639, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request (FOIA), is used to request USCIS immigration records (for yourself or someone else with their permission) as well as agency policies, data, and other types of records. Before using USCIS FOIA Form G-639 to request documents, you should check to ensure that USCIS has not already added them…

  • USCIS ombudsman

    USCIS Ombudsman | Requesting Help Guide

    Published on September 14, 2021

    The Ombudsman is an independently operated organization within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that helps individuals and employers with issues or problems related to their immigration case with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This arm of the Department of Homeland Security also takes measures to pinpoint systemic issues within USCIS and make suggestions…

  • USCIS certified translation

    What are the USCIS Certified Translation Requirements

    Published on August 23, 2021

    One of the many requirements when submitting documents to USCIS related to your immigration case is a certified translation of any document that is not in English. Typically, these include birth certificates, divorce certificates, marriage certificates, academic degrees, death certificates, passports, bank statements, police records, transcripts, affidavits, and so more. The exact requirements are laid…

  • Processing Time

    USCIS Hoping For More Accurate Processing Times with New Calculations

    Published on May 13, 2021

    One of the worst parts about the immigration system is all the waiting. It is not uncommon for clients to check USCIS processing times daily. Fortunately, USCIS is pilot testing what they hope to be a more accurate processing time calculation. The forms in the pilot phase are a sampling of forms used in family-based…

  • biometric requirement waived

    Biometrics Requirement to be Waived for Some I-539 Applicants

    Published on May 12, 2021

    On May 3rd, USCIS acting associate director Connie L. Nolan announced that a policy change was being finalized that would waive the biometrics requirement for H-4, L-2, and E dependents, beginning May 17, 2021, and would be expected to expire automatically after two years (May 17, 2023). The policy change is being introduced to reduce…

  • H1b lottery completed

    H1B Lottery Selection Completed | File Your Full Petition by June 30th

    Published on March 29, 2021

    USCIS has announced that they have completed the H1-B lottery and made their selections for the FY 2022 Cap Season. USCIS received over 85,000 registration submissions, so a lottery was necessary. If you were selected in the H-1B lottery, USCIS will notify your employer or lawyer who submitted your registration.

  • Public Charge Rule Blocked

    Trump-Era Public Charge Rule Blocked; Reverts to Old Version

    Published on March 25, 2021

    In the latest public charge rule news, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally announced that the Biden Administration would no longer be applying the Trump-era changes to the rule, which made it difficult for lower-income to obtain lawful permanent U.S. residency (i.e., green card). DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said the Trump-era public charge…

  • immigration ban

    Biden Reverses Trump-Era Order Temporarily Banning Some Visas

    Published on February 26, 2021

    In another move by the Biden Administration to reform U.S. immigration policies, On February 24, 2021, Biden reversed a Trump-era immigration ban that blocked the issuance of many green cards and nonimmigrant visas in response to the global pandemic. What was the Trump Immigration Ban? Former President Trump issued the executive order “Suspension of Entry…