July 2019

USCIS Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test

Memorandum Announces a Decennial Revision Schedule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Announces Plan to Improve the Naturalization Test the current Naturalization Test with improvements to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant's civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments.

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USCIS EB-5 Final Rule Revises EB-5 Regulations

USCIS final rule making several major revisions to the EB-5 regulations. The final rule is effective 11/21/19, and will apply to petitioners who file on or after the effective date. The rule, published in the Federal Register on 7/24/19, makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

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USCIS Updates Website: F2A Applicants May Use the Final Action Dates Chart for July 2019

F2A Applicants may file I-130 and I-485 and related forms and fees in July 2019.

Initially, USCIS indicated on its website that for July 2019, all family-sponsored applicants seeking adjustment of status (AOS) must use the Dates for Filing chart (Chart B) of the July 2019 Visa Bulletin. This information caused confusion among applicants regarding whether or not they could file an AOS application for all F2A visa applicants in July 2019, based on Chart A, given that the DOS has indicated in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin that immigrant visas in the F2A preference category will become current in July 2019 for all countries.

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US Employment Based Immigrant Visa Availability for Worldwide First, Second, Third Categories Retrogress

The 2019 August Visa Bulletin shows Employment Based Worldwide First, Second, Third categories retrogress and are not current.
These EB1, EB2, and EB3 categories are not expected to be current through the end of the 2019 fiscal year.

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