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Guidance clarifying Federal controlled substances law issued: USCIS

USCIS has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, even where that conduct would not … Continue reading

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Final rule amending regulations governing H-1B petitions posted: DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted today for public inspection, a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. … Continue reading

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Applicants Can Now Request Certificates of Citizenship Online: USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that applicants can now complete and file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 online. Applicants can file Form … Continue reading

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Contracts Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites: USCIS

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy memorandum establishing policy relating H1-B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites. To establish eligibility for an H-1B petition involving a third-party worksite, the … Continue reading

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PM designates decision of AAO in Matter of G- Inc. as an adopted decision: USCIS

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memorandum designates the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of G- Inc. as an Adopted Decision. Accordingly, this adopted decision establishes policy guidance that applies to and binds all U.S. … Continue reading

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In-Person Interview Requirements expanded: USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation … Continue reading

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Institution must qualify as “US institution of higher education” at time beneficiary’s degree was earned: USCIS

USCIS clarifies that, in order to qualify for an H-1B numerical cap exemption based upon a master’s or higher degree, the conferring institution must have qualified as a “United States institution of higher education” at the time the beneficiary’s degree … Continue reading

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Change of Gender Designation on Documents: USCIS

USCIS issued policy memorandum and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) regarding procedures and requirements to change the gender designation on a USCIS-issued document. Individuals may now request a change in the gender reflected on a USCIS-issued document … Continue reading

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Guidance on Interpreters Brought to Domestic Field Office Interviews: USCIS

To advance consistent standards for interpretation in interviews conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the role and use of interpreters in certain interviews conducted in USCIS domestic field offices in the … Continue reading

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Union Cabinet approves Permanent Residency scheme for foreign investors: Govt.

The Union Cabinet of India has approved the scheme for grant of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors subject to the relevant conditions as specified in the FDI Policy notified by the Government from time to time. The scheme … Continue reading

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