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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released several updates related to the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap season.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is once again extending certain flexibilities through July 25, 2022, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors.
The Department of Homeland Security invites public comments on its proposed extension and revisions to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, before it expires on October 31, 2022.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will dispose of E‑Verify records that are more than 10 years old; E-Verify employers have until May 5, 2022, to download case information.
‘X’ Gender Marker Available on U.S. Passports Starting April 11, 2022; State Dept. Updates LGBTQI+ Traveler Advice
Starting April 11, 2022, U.S. citizens will be able to select “X” as their gender marker on their U.S. passport applications.
USCIS Updates Guidance in Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professor or Researcher Visa Classifications
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it has updated its policy manual, effective immediately, to align existing guidance on certain first preference immigrants with a recent manual update relating to nonimmigrants of extraordinary ability.
Guidance Updated on Employment Authorization Class of Admission Codes for E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses
Agencies began issuing Form I-94, Arrival-Departure records, with new Class of Admission codes for certain E and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses who are employment authorized based on their status.
E-Verify announced in an email sent March 21, 2022, that users can now close a case from the document upload page in E‑Verify by providing one of the following reasons.
The Department of Homeland Security announced that beginning May 1, 2022, it is ending the COVID-19 temporary policy for List B identity documents.
State Dept. Warns About Upcoming Availability of Employment Third Preference “Other Workers” Numbers
The Department of State notes in its Visa Bulletin for April 2022 that high number use in the employment third preference “Other Workers” category may necessitate the establishment of a worldwide final action date as early as June to hold number use within the maximum allowed under the fiscal year 2022 annual limit.