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Tools Outage
USCIS will conduct a system maintenance starting at 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 22nd until 3 a.m. on Friday, August 23rd.  All times are Eastern.
USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS has returned all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process. On May 17, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry of all selected H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2020.
USCIS Will Adjust International Footprint to Seven Locations
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today plans to maintain operations at its international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.
Reminder: USCIS Rejecting Form I-129 Petitions That Lack Required Name and Address
Updated rejection criteria includes time-sensitive H-2A visa classification
USCIS Closes the Moscow Field Office to Public on Feb. 28, 2019
Due to a significant decrease in workload, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Moscow, Russia, on March 29, 2019.
H-2B Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination with Form I-129
On July 3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implemented its new Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system for the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker program. As of July 3, employers who file an H-2B application for temporary labor certification in FLAG will only receive a temporary labor certification electronically.
E-Verify is now on LinkedIn
The Verification Division is streamlining our public contact channels. E-Verify Listens will be discontinued on July 17.  We are encouraging interested parties to connect with us through our E-Verify website, on Twitter (@EVerify), and on Facebook. In addition, they can subscribe to GovDelivery to receive the latest E-Verify email updates, and text “EVERIFY UPDATES” to 468311 to get the latest E-Verify news.
“Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act” Guidance for Certain Individuals Present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
USCIS announced today it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
Grace Period Extended for Previous Edition of Form I-918
We are extending the grace period for the previous edition of Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, including Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification, through Dec. 31, 2019.
USCIS Will No Longer Accept I-407 at International Field Offices
Beginning July 1, USCIS will no longer accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status at international field offices by mail or in person.
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