US Citizenship and Immigration Services
LAST UPDATED : Oct 09, 2021, 11:36 AM IST
- Biden wants to address delays in Green Card processing system: White House
US President Joe Biden wants to address the inordinate delays in the processing system of the Green Card, the White House has said, a move that will benefit many Indians working in America on the H-1B visa. Indian IT professionals are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of the coveted Green Card or permanent legal residency.
- As H-1B employees return to their workplace, compliance obligations arise
"Now as employees (including those on H-1B visas) are being welcomed into work premises, once again sponsoring employers will need to ensure that they remain in compliance with the Labour Condition Application (LCA) requirements and they need to check whether an H-1B amendment is warranted," says Snehal Batra, managing attorney with NPZ Law Group.
- Proposed DACA rule continues to exclude documented dreamers
The Indian diaspora is disappointed to note that the proposed DACA rule does not include documented dreamers. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
- US immigration: Green card applicants required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Starting October 1, 2021, green card applicants are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to clear their immigration medical exam and obtain permanent residence (a green card). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has passed this order, in the backdrop of rising Covid-19 numbers in the US.
- 100k Green Cards at risk of going waste this year; resentment against Indian professionals
About one lakh employment-based Green Cards are at the risk of being wasted in less than two months, causing resentment among Indian IT professionals whose wait for legal permanent residency now runs into decades.
- US to hold rare second lottery for H-1B visa applicants
In what can be good news for hundreds of Indian IT professionals seeking the H-1B work visa, the US' immigration agency has decided to conduct a rare second lottery for the most sought-after visas to decide on the successful applicants who could not make it in the first random selection.
- USCIS conducts second lottery for H-1B cap visas for fiscal 2022
Unsuccessful beneficiaries (candidates for whom H-1B visa applications were filed by sponsoring employers), have another chance to be selected, as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has conducted a second round of random selection (commonly known as the lottery).
- USCIS reaches settlement in a class action suit relating to OPT delays, assures timely adjudication
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached a settlement, with a group of 18 plaintiffs, in the class action lawsuit challenging the delays in OPT adjudications. The terms of the settlement will also benefit the putative class (similarly placed individuals) and offer relief to international students who bore the brunt of these delays.
- Policy change to benefit children of H-1B visa holders in the US
“To prevent a 'gap' in status, USCIS will grant the change of status to F-1 effective the day we approve an applicant’s Form I-539, application to extend/change non-immigrant status. If we approve an application more than 30 days before the student’s program start date, the student must ensure they do not violate their F-1 status during that time,” said the policy update.