August 2019

USCIS International Office Changes

USCIS Adjusting in International Offices that it plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nairobi, New Delhi, Guatemala City, Mexico City, and San Salvador. The agency plans to close its remaining 13 international field offices and three district offices by August 2020. Follow USICS Office Closings on this page to track USCIS field office closures.

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EB-3 Categories Made Immediately Unavailable for All Countries Through End of FY2019

The Department of State provided us an update from the Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim that despite information contained in the September 2019 Visa Bulletin, all EB-3 categories have been made immediately "unavailable" through the end of the fiscal year.

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USCIS Returns Unselected FY2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced that it has returned all FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Petitioners who haven’t received a receipt notice or a returned petition for a cap-subject H-1B petition by August 29, 2019, should contact USCIS for assistance.

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USCIS Final Rule for Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final rule clearly defines long-standing law to better ensure that aliens seeking to enter and remain in the United States — either temporarily or permanently — are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations rather than on public resources.

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USCIS to terminate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole and Filipino World War II Veterans Parole programs

Move ensures alignment with Executive Order 13767

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced its intention to terminate two categorical parole programs, consistent with Executive Order (E.O.) 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and to better ensure that parole is used only on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the law. Parole is a process that allows foreign nationals to temporarily enter or remain in the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible. The programs to be terminated are the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program and the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program.

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