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Most Employment-Based Cutoff Dates Do Not Change in October 2021 Visa Bulletin, While USCIS to Use Dates for Filing Chart to Accept Adjustment of Status Applications

The United States State Department has released the October 2021 Visa Bulletin. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use the Dates for Filing chart to accept employment-based adjustment of status applications. Individuals whose priority dates are before the cutoff date for their employment-based preference category and country may file for adjustment of status.

Driven by Client Service and the Law: Jagan Tamirisa in Immigration

Jagan Tamirisa knew that he wanted to work in the immigration field since interning in this discipline during his law school days. Jagan remains committed to delivering a high standard of service because he knows that his work can make a real impact on immigrants, helping them maintain their livelihoods with a sense of security.

DHS and DOJ Propose to Allow Asylum Officers to Fully Adjudicate Cases

The United States Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 20, 2021 that would allow United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officers to adjudicate asylum applications, withholdings of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) for individuals with a credible fear.

Federal Immigration Agencies Issue Regulatory Agendas

The United States Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State have released new regulatory agendas which include priorities and rulemaking timelines for each agency. All the agendas have been published in the Federal Register, except the State Department’s, which may soon be published in the Federal Register but is currently available on the Federal Office of Management and Budget’s website.

USCIS Conducts a Second Round Lottery Selection of H-1B Cap Visas for FY 2022

On July 28, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a second round H-1B lottery selection process for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The agency did not receive enough H-1B petitions during the initial filing period to meet the annual quota of 85,000 H-1B visas for FY 2022. Employers will have between August 2, 2021 and November 3, 2021 to file petitions for recently selected H-1B beneficiaries.

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