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125 Immigrants Sue USCIS

August 17, 2021

A group of 125 Indian and Chinese immigrants approved for employment-based green cards sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in federal court in Maryland on August 3, 2021.

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USCIS Is Sending RFEs for I-693s

August 17, 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is attempting to adjudicate as many adjustments of status applications as possible before the end of the fiscal year.

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USCIS Conducts Second Random Selection From FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

August 17, 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it needed to select additional H-1B registrations to reach the fiscal year 2022 quota.

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Interim Relief for Certain Applicants Filing I-765s for OPT and STEM OPT

August 17, 2021

Under a court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services extended flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

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USCIS Updates Policy Manual

August 17, 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made several updates to its USCIS Policy Manual. There are several highlights to note.

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U.S. Extends Nonessential Travel Restrictions in Canada and Mexico

August 17, 2021

The United States has once again extended travel restrictions at its borders with Canada and Mexico for nonessential travel into the United States at least through August 21, 2021.

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Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Process Updates

August 17, 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 20, 2021, new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status to F-1 student to apply to change or extend their nonimmigrant status while their initial F-1 change of status application is pending.

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Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers

August 17, 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on July 23, 2021, that employers may file H-2B petitions for returning workers under the fiscal year 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule.

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Justice Dept. Issues Reminder for DACA Recipients and Employers

August 17, 2021

The Department of Justice released a reminder for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and employers on July 21, 2021.

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New DACA Applications Blocked by Federal Judge

August 17, 2021

New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications will not be allowed under a ruling by a U.S. district judge in Texas on July 16, 2021.

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