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USCIS Updates for the Fiscal Year 2025 H-1B Cap Registration Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on April 1, 2024, that we received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. We selected 114,017 beneficiaries, resulting in 120,603 selected registrations in the initial selection for the FY …

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USCIS Announces New Guidance on Form I-693 Validity Period

Release Date: 04/04/2024 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced (PDF, 317.28 KB) that any Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, that was properly completed and signed by a civil surgeon on or after Nov. 1, 2023, does not expire and can be used indefinitely as evidence to show that the applicant is not inadmissible on …

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USCIS Provides Third Gender Option on Form N-400

Release Date: 04/01/2024 We have revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to provide a third gender option, “X,” defined as “Another Gender Identity.” We are also updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual accordingly to account for this form revision and other forthcoming form revisions that will add a third gender option; see the Policy Alert (PDF, 344.77 KB). The …

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USCIS Increases Automatic Extension of Certain Employment Authorization Documents to Improve Access to Work Permits

WASHINGTON— Building on extensive modernization efforts that have streamlined and improved access to work permits for eligible noncitizens, USCIS today announced a temporary final rule (TFR) to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days. This announcement follows improvements that have reduced processing times for EADs significantly …

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Changes to USCIS Filing Fees

In early 2024, USCIS changed the filing fees for certain immigration and naturalization forms and also released new versions of several forms. According to USCIS, the new fees will help to cover more of its operating costs and support faster processing of new applications. These updated fees and forms will become effective on April 1, 2024. USCIS will accept prior …

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