Categories News & Updates USCIS

Expansion of Premium Processing for Certain Immigrant Petitions

Today, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an expansion of premium processing to petitioners with certain I-140 Immigrant Petitions for Alien Workers pending in the EB1 and EB2 preference categories.

 

Starting on June 1, 2022, USCIS will accept I-907 requests for premium processing service of EB1C Multinational Executive and Manager I-140 petitions received on or before January 1, 2021.

 

Starting on July 1, 2022, USCIS will accept requests for premium processing service of EB2 National Interest Waiver petitions received on or before June 1, 2021. USCIS will accept I-907 requests for premium processing service of EB1C Multinational Executive and Manager petitions received on or before March 1, 2021.

 

USCIS will not accept new I-140 EB1C and EB2 NIW I-140 petitions filed in premium processing at this time.

 

In today’s announcement, USCIS also noted that it released a new Form I-907 yesterday, dated 05/31/2022, and will accept both the old 09/30/2020 version and the new 05/31/2022 version until June 30, 2022. Starting July 1, 2022, USCIS will require the new version and will reject requests made on the old version.

 

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Categories News & Updates USCIS

USCIS increases automatic extension period of certain EAD categories

This Temporary Final Rule (TFR) is effective from today, May 4, 2022, and only applies to those EAD categories currently eligible for an automatic 180-day extension. This rule will temporarily provide 360 days of additional automatic extension time for a total of up to 540 days. Eligible applicants must file a timely Form I-765 renewal application during the 18-month period after publication of this TFR.

 

This 360-day increase will be available to applicants whose employment authorization may have lapsed following the initial 180-day extension period, and any eligible applicant who files a renewal Form I-765 during the 18-month period beginning on or after May 4, 2022, and ending October 26, 2023.

 

It is important to note that certain EAD holders including those in H4, E, and L2 status, for instance, are still limited to an automatic extension only until their existing I-94 expires.

 

This automatic extension will end upon a final decision on the EAD renewal application, or up to 540 days after the expiration date on the applicant’s expired EAD card, whichever comes earlier. It is recommended that even with this rule, EAD applications should be filed as far in advance as possible.

 

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Categories News & Updates USCIS

H-1B Cap Registrations Increased by 57% From Last Year

USCIS has notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration beginning April 1, 2022. The total number of registrations received by USCIS have reached the numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap).

 

For FY 2023, USCIS received a total number of 483,927 H-1B registrations and has initially selected 127,600 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2023 numerical allocations. The number of registrations were much higher this year when compared to FY 2022, which had a total of 308,613 registrations – a 57% increase year over year.

 

For the FY 2022 Cap, USCIS conducted a second selection in July 2021 of an additional 27,717 registrations due to low filing volume from the initial selection, and also conducted a third selection in November 2021 of an additional 16,753 registrations. This resulted in a total of 131,970 selected registrations for FY 2022. Looking at the trend, it is expected that USCIS will conduct a second round of lottery selections for this year’s Cap around the beginning of July.

 

For each beneficiary registered, registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses:

 

Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.

 

Based on the above, USCIS may conduct a second round of lottery for FY Cap 2023. There is no official notification on subsequent rounds as of yet.

 

Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.

 

Denied: If multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary, the registration is denied. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.

 

Invalidated-Failed Payment: If a registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, rejected, disputed, or cancelled after submission, the registration is deemed invalid.

 

The period for filing the H-1B cap-subject petition will be at least 90 days. Selection in the registration process does not relieve the petitioner of submitting evidence or otherwise establishing eligibility, as registration only pertains to eligibility to file the H-1B cap-subject petition.

 

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Categories Department of State News & Updates

TN Visa Processing in Mexico is Now Available Only at Three Consular Posts

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico have resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas. TN Visa appointments are now available only in Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, and Guadalajara. However, previously scheduled TN appointments in Tijuana will be honored, but expedited appointments cannot be accommodated, and new TN appointments cannot be made.

 

Since only three posts process TN visa appointments, applicants may experience significant delays for visa appointments. It is advised that applicants make note of this and plan accordingly. If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found here .

 

Applicants applying in the same visa class and whose previous visa expired within the last 48 months may be eligible for interview waiver.  Applicants may schedule a renewal appointment here. Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily resident in Mexico are not available at this time.

 

The U.S. Department of State has extended the validity of visa payments (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the paid fee.

 

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