The US CIS has just announced in the Federal Register its proposed new fee schedule, which will significantly increase the cost of immigration filings. This announcement is available at
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USCIS is releasing a new form --- Form I-942, which be effective on Dec. 23, 2016, allows for a reduced fee for naturalization applicants whose household incomes are greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
The USCIS (Department of Homeland Security) has revised the I-9 form which must be used by all businesses to record the status of ALL new hires (not just foreign nationals). Failure to use and maintain this form can subject a business to substantial penalties.
USCIS recently began allowing certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant o
The the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has extended the designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective December 25, 2016, through June 24, 2018.
NEW Fees for USCIS applications and Petitions, Effective Dec 23, 2016
Expansion of I-601A Waiver Announced
On July 29, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced expansion for eligibility of the I-601A waiver for unlawful presence “to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver”.
Service in the US military provides a path to citizenship for temporary residents or non-immigrants present in the United States who meet certain criteria, and who are willing to so serve a period of active duty. In a recent memo issued July 30, 2015, the US Navy has commenced a pilot program seeking such recruits with special language skills, including Arabic, Korean, Swahili, Farsi, Pashtu, Punjabi and Urdu.
A copy of this memo, which includes the applicaton, is available here .