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Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin May 12

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On May 12, 2016, U.S.

New Workload Transfer Updates Web Page

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USCIS has created a new Workload Transfer Updates page  on our website where customers can keep track of workload transfers between our five service centers.

Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

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The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for May 2016 reflects a

USCIS Publishes New Edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

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On April 13, 2016, USCIS revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revised version is available at uscis.gov/n-400.

Temporary Protected Status Extended for El Salvador

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, effective Mar

USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for 6th Straight Fiscal Year

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2015.

USCIS Announces 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

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USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden to the list of countries whose n

EB-5 Regional Centers Must File Form I-924A by December 29

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USCIS reminds all approved EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept.

DHS annonce l’octroi d’un statut de protection temporaire au Libéria, à la Guinée et à la Sierra Leone

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WASHINGTON— En raison de l’épidémie due au virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest, le secrétaire à la sécurité intérieure, Jeh Johnson, a annoncé sa décision d’octroyer au Libéria, à la

USCIS Announces Addition of 16 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

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USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Lux

Potomac Service Center Now Processing Certain Form I-765 Cases

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Updated Guidance on Fixing EADs with Errors

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

URGENT: Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year Work Permits Must Return Them Immediately

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 Note: As of August 3, 2015, the July 15, 2015 Fact Sheet has been archived.

DHS Announces 18-Month Redesignation and Extension of Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for that country f

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Sudan

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months due to the ongoing armed con

Nepal TPS मा रजिष्टर गर्ने अन्तिम मिति डिसेम्बर 21, 2015 हो

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अस्थायी सुरक्षित स्थिति (Temporary Protected Status (TPS)) मा नेपालका योग्य नागरिकहरू (र योभन्दा पहिले नेपालमा बसोबास गर्ने बिना राष्ट्रियताका व्यक्तिहरू) ले दर्ता गर्ने अन्तिम मिति सोमबार,

Deadline to Register for Nepal TPS is Dec. 21, 2015

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The deadline for eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Monday, Dec.

USCIS Launches Virtual Assistant - Emma Gives Customers Another Option for Finding Answers

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WASHINGTON—U.S.

USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Form I-9

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USCIS published a notice

USCIS Reminds Sheepherding Industry that One-Time Accommodation Ends in January 2012

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USCIS reminds the sheepherding industry of the upcoming expiration of the one-time accommodation giving them more time to fully transition to the three-year limitation-of-stay requirements for the

Questions & Answers: USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum on Establishing the "Employee-Employer Relationship" in H-1B Petitions

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Published Jan. 13, 2010; revised Aug. 2, 2011 and March 12, 2012Introduction

Transition Period for Streamlining N-Form Processing Ends Dec. 2, 2011

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On Oct. 19, 2011, a USCIS Update was issued announcing processing improvements for certain naturalization and citizenship forms.

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity

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WASHINGTON - U.S.

USCIS Alerts Customers Affected by South Carolina Floods to Available Immigration Relief

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USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as disasters like the recent severe flooding in South Carolina.

USCIS Launches Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check

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Aug. 15, 2011Online Service Also Expands to 16 Additional States

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunities

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Jan. 20, 2011

Salvadorans Provided With Interim Employment Authorization Documents

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March 8,  2011

National Initiative to Combat Immigration Services Scams

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DHS, DOJ and FTC Collaborate with State and Local Partners in Unprecedented EffortReleased June 9, 2011

USCIS Welcomes 50 New Citizens at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

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BALTIMORE— Lauren Kielsmeier, Acting Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, U.S.

USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship to Enhance Security and Combat Fraud

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State-of-the-art technology will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nicaraguans

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Released Nov. 4, 2011

USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2012 H-1B Petitions

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released April 8, 2011

Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Liberians

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Released Aug. 16, 2011USCIS Automatically Extends Validity of Employment Authorization Documents

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Salvadorans

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Re-registration Open Until March 12, 2012Released Jan. 10, 2012

USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2013 H-1B Petitions

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18-Month Extension of Honduras and Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for Honduras and Nicarag

USCIS to Welcome More Than 24,000 New Citizens During Fourth of July Celebrations

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Released June 30, 2011

USCIS Announces "Entrepreneurs in Residence" Initiative

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Agency focuses on fully realizing the job-creating potential of current immigration lawReleased Oct. 11, 2011

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Hondurans

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Released Nov. 4, 2011

USCIS Reminds Japanese Nationals Impacted by Recent Disaster of Available Immigration Benefits

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WASHINGTON—In light of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds Japanese nationals of certain U.S.

USCIS Hosts Entrepreneurs in Residence Information Summit

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Agency kicks off effort to ensure that immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs are clear and consistent, and better reflect today’s business realities

DHS Announces Re-designation and 18-Month Extension of Designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status

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Registration and Re-registration Period Opens May 1, 2012

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Employment Eligibility Verification Form

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April 14, 2011Final Rule Adopts Interim Rule Improving Integrity of Form I-9 Process

USCIS Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Special Immigrant Juvenile Regulations

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Released Sept. 6, 2011

18-Month Extension and Re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status Update

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Released May 19, 2011

Employment-Based Second Preference Immigrant Visa Category Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Entrepreneurs and the Employment-Based Second Preference Immigrant Visa Category

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Questions and AnswersQ1. Where can I find the laws governing the Employment Based Second Preference (EB-2) Immigrant Visa Category?

DHS Launches E-Verify Self Check Fact Sheet

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Released:  March 21, 2011

USCIS to Centralize Filing and Adjudication for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility in the United States

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New System Will Standardize Process for Immigrant Visa Applicants Worldwide

USCIS Announces Proposed H-1B Electronic Registration System to Reduce Costs for U.S. Businesses

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March 2, 2011

USCIS Launches Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check Fact Sheet

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Online Service Also Expands to 16 Additional States

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Employment Eligibility Verification Questions and Answers

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Final Rule Adopts Interim Rule to Improving Integrity of Form I-9 Process

USCIS Announces End of Parole Program in Moscow Update

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Released July 12, 2011 

USCIS Celebrates Flag Day 2011 with Special Naturalization Ceremonies

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released June 10, 2011

USCIS Launches Web Page with New Data Reports

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Initial Posting Includes Naturalization and Adjustment of Status Performance DataReleased July 18, 2011

Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period for Honduran and Nicaraguan Nationals Ends Jan. 5, 2012

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USCIS Reaches FY 2011 H-1B Cap

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Jan. 27, 2011

USCIS Seeks Public Comments on New Prevailing Wage Rates for H-2B Construction Workers in Guam

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Released: March 16, 2011

USCIS Improves Delivery of Immigration Documents through Secure Mail Initiative

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May 2, 2011

USCIS Announces Changes to Stand-Alone I-130 Filing Locations

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Published Dec. 23, 2011; revised Jan. 1, 2012

E-Verify Gets High Marks from Employers in Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Jan. 18, 2011   Recent GAO report also cites improvements to the E-Verify Program

USCIS to Welcome More Than 27,000 New Citizens During Annual Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Celebration

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USCIS Proposes Significant Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing to Help America Win the Future

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released May 19, 2011Actions Will Streamline Program Designed to Create Jobs

USCIS Launches I-9 Central on USCIS.gov

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May 13, 2011New Online Resource Provides Enhanced, Easy-to-Access Guidance for Employers and Employees

USCIS Naturalizes 53 Soldiers During Presidents Day Ceremony in Iraq

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Feb. 23, 2011

Form I-9 CNMI will no longer be valid for use after Nov. 27, 2011

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Beginning Nov.

New Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A and H-2B Programs

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Jan. 14, 2011

USCIS Announces FY 2011 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Recipients $9 Million Awarded to Expand Citizenship Preparation Programs for Permanent Residents

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Introduction

USCIS Launches Online Immigration System, USCIS ELIS

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Agency begins transition from paper-based to online environmentReleased May 22, 2012

2011 Independence Day Naturalization Ceremonies

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Launch of E-Verify Self Check

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Released:  March 21, 2011Online Tool Allows Workers to Check Their Own Employment Eligibility Status

Consular Processing for Overseas Derivative T and U Nonimmigrant Status Family Members: Questions and Answers

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Introduction

USCIS Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprises and Spur Job Creation Fact Sheet

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BackgroundOn Aug.

USCIS Will Offer Protection for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Violations

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USCIS Publishes CNMI Transitional Worker Final Rule

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Released Sept. 7, 2011

Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Salazar Lead Naturalization Ceremony with USCIS Director Mayorkas

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Released Sept. 23, 2011                           

Temporary Protected Status Designated for the Syrian Arab Republic

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 Eligible Syrian nationals in the United States may begin the application process

USCIS to Expedite Review for Certain Cases Affected by Specific Administrative Inaccuracies

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USCIS and Mississippi Implement New E-Verify Tool to Combat Fraud

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Improves Accuracy and Integrity of E-Verify by Validating Driver’s License DataReleased June 13, 2011

H-1B Cap Exemptions Based on Relation or Affiliation

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Update as of March 18, 2011

USCIS Reminds Eligible Nationals of Haiti to File for Temporary Protected Status

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Released Aug. 12, 2011

USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Vietnam

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Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention

USCIS Centralizes Filing of Form I-130

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Improved Process for Petitioners Abroad will Increase Efficiency and Flexibility

USCIS Grants Temporary Extension of Accommodation for Sheepherders in H-2A Status

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WASHINGTON—U.S.

USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

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Feb. 11, 2011

USCIS Announces FY 2011 Grant Recipients During Constitution Week

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Released Sept. 21, 2011

DHS Publishes Business Transformation Regulation

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Released August 29, 2011First in Series of Regulations Designed to Facilitate Electronic Filing and Handling of USCIS Benefit Requests

USCIS Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Rule Impacting Certain Pending Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Applications

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Release Sept. 27, 2011

Update on Suspension of Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions Following Court Order

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As announced by USCIS on April 2, 2013, USCIS has temporarily suspended adjudication of certain Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appro

USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

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Revisions include new user-friendly instructions for completing Form I-9

Employers Must Use Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

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USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-9

Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Liberians

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USCIS Automatically Extends Validity of Employment Authorization Documents

Continue to Use the Current Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

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March 29, 2013

DOS Publishes Updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015

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On Sept. 25, the Department of State (DOS) published an updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015. This bulletin supersedes the bulletin for October 2015 that was originally published on Sept.

DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designation for Yemen

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict

Proposed Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Is Not in Effect

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USCIS Reminds the Public to Avoid Scams and Unauthorized Practitioners of Immigration Law

Celebrating Independence Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

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On July 4, we celebrate Independence Day – the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

La date d’échéance de l’inscription au TPS pour le Libéria, la Guinée et la Sierra Leone est le 18 août 2015

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Le mardi 18 août 2015 est la date d’échéance pour les citoyens éligibles du Libéria, de la Guinée et de la Sierre Leone (et pour les personnes apatrides qui ont résidé habituelleme

Re-registration Deadline for Somalia TPS is July 31, 2015

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Friday, July 31, 2015, is the deadline for current Somalia Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from Sept.

USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

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USCIS announced on July 14, 2015, that it completed processing the return of fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process.

Temporary Protected Status Registration Period Extended for Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the initial registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from May 20, 2015, to Aug.