United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expanding the premium processing program to include certain Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker applicants under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Currently the expansion only applies to previously filed Form I-140s. USCIS will not accept new Form I-140s with premium processing requests.
If you are applying for a United States immigrant visa or green card with consular processing, the National Visa Center (NVC) plays an important role in your case. After your immigrant visa petition is approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency sends it to the NVC for pre-processing.
The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been officially extended through September 30, 2027 by Congress’s EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022. The policy also increases the minimum investment required EB-5 visas, and sets aside part of the annual EB-5 immigrant visa quota for rural areas, high unemployment areas, and infrastructure projects.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily allowed certain employers to inspect Form I-9 documentation remotely. The remote verification policy was expected to expire on April 30, 2022. However, ICE extended the flexibility through October 31, 2022.
The US Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2022 Visa Bulletin. Applicants should refer to the new Final Action and Dates for Filing charts in employment-based categories. Most employment-based Final Action dates have not changed for May 2022, while EB-2 India advances two months to September 1, 2013.
H.R. 7374, or the “Jumpstart our Legal System Act” was introduced in the House by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). The bill aims to recapture 400,000 employment- and family-based visas and pave an accelerated path for adjustment of status applicants who are currently residing in the United States.
Starting April 1, 2022 USCIS will not accept combined joint fees for filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, or Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition together with an H-1B or H-1B1 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
The United States Congress has passed a temporary spending measure to fund the US government through March 11, 2022. The bill will prevent a government shutdown as fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget negotiations continue. This is the third temporary budget Congress has passed to keep the government open during budget negotiations.