Welcome back to the Visalawyerblog! In this blog post we report the latest immigration news of the week.
USCIS launches online fraud reporting form
On March 3rdapprox USCIS announced the launch of one new online form Available on the USCIS website, which can be used to report suspected immigration fraud and abuse, including asylum / refugee fraud, visa fraud for religious workers, employment visa fraud, investor visa fraud (EB-5 program), fraud with student visa, marriage or fiance visa fraud, unauthorized legal practice (notarios) and other types of immigration fraud.
This “USCIS tip form” offers the form user space to describe alleged fraud or abuse in detail. According to USCIS, the tip form was created to make the tip process more effective and efficient, so that the agency could better collect information and assess the credibility of the tips sent to the agency.
Previously, fraud was reported via email, which made it difficult for USCIS to respond and investigate tips.
This new online fraud reporting system represents the Trump administration’s commitment to combat and prevent various forms of visa fraud.
Over the years, the Trump administration has signed various policies and regulations, such as “Buy American, Hire American,” aimed at eradicating fraudulent H1B, asylum / refugee, and EB-5 investor visas. The Trump administration has also worked to limit or slow the issuance of these visas by making aggressive requests for evidence in the case of H1B visas and increasing the minimum investment for EB-5 investors.
Proclamation by the President Suspension of entry of certain immigrants and non-immigrants who pose a risk of transmission of the coronavirus
February 3rdapprox The State Department issued an important announcement reminding travelers of a presidential proclamation signed on January 31st Excludes entry into the United States of immigrants or non-immigrants who have traveled to China within 14 days of their arrival in the United States.
The proclamation came into effect on Sunday, February 2.
Travelers should note that the proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Foreign diplomats traveling to the United States on an A or G visa are exempt from this proclamation. Other exceptions are certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawfully permanent residents, including spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided the U.S. citizen or legal resident is unmarried and under the age of 21) and siblings (provided that both the sibling as well as the US citizen or the legal permanent residence are unmarried and are younger than 21 years). There is also an exception for crew members traveling to the United States on C, D, or C1 / D visas.
To read the President’s proclamation, click Here.
The DHS has announced an additional 35,000 H-2B visas for the second half of fiscal 2020
Good news for H-2B workers and employers. On the 5th of marchth The DHS announced that it will provide 35,000 additional H-2B visas for non-agricultural temporary workers for the second half of fiscal 2020. 10,000 of these will go to Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans to support these countries’ efforts to work with the United States to curb the flow of illegal migration in the region and promote legal migration to the United States.
The additional visas are provided in two batches to prevent a small handful of employers from using all visas: 20,000 for start dates from April 1st and 15,000 for start dates from May 15th. By adding a second batch, certain congressional concerns of late season filers are addressed
To read the announcement, please click Here.
TPS re-registration period now open to current TPS beneficiaries under the name Yemen
March 2ndndU.S. citizenship and immigration officials announced that the current Temporary Protection Beneficiaries (TPS), known as Yemen, who wish to maintain their status through September 3, 2021, will change between March 2, 2020 and May 1 Have to register again in 2020.
USCIS will issue new EADs with an expiry date of September 3, 2021 to eligible beneficiaries under the TPS name of Yemen, who will register in time and apply for an EAD. Given the time frame for processing re-registration requests from TPS, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive a new EAD before their current EAD expires on March 3, 2020. Accordingly, the validity of this EAD is automatically extended by 180 days until August 30, 2020. This automatic extension also applies to TPS beneficiaries who have an EAD with an expiry date of September 3, 2018 and a new EAD during the last period of re-registration have applied for it, but have not yet received their new EEAS
As a result, Yemen’s TPS designation will be extended until September 3, 2021.
To register or re-register for TPS, you need to create a file Form I-821, application for temporary protection status. If you are submitting an initial TPS application or re-registering for TPS, you can also request a Work Permit Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765 (Application for Work Permit) at the time you submit Form I-821. You can also submit your Form I-765 separately at a later date. Submitting Form I-821 with Form I-765 can help you get your EAD faster if you are eligible.
For more information on re-registration, please click Here.
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