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🚨 Big News in US Immigration!

🚨 USCIS has updated its Policy Manual, bringing significant changes for nonimmigrant workers in the US. 🇺🇸

🔍 What’s New? The update allows USCIS to excuse delays in filing for extensions or changes of status due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of applicants. This includes situations like labor disputes, strikes, or government funding issues affecting certifications.

👷‍♂️ Impact on H-2B Workers: Aligning with the H-2B Worker Protection Task Force report, the policy ensures workers affected by workplace disputes aren’t penalized when applying for new visas or changing status.

📝 Expert Take: This is a humane approach, recognizing the challenges nonimmigrants face. It’s a positive step, but remember, it’s not a guarantee for all late filings. Staying proactive in immigration matters is still key.

🔗 Final Thoughts: A welcome change in USCIS policy, reflecting a more empathetic stance towards nonimmigrant workers’ challenges. A step forward in fair and realistic immigration policies.

#USCIS #ImmigrationUpdate #NonimmigrantWorkers #USPolicy #GlobalMobility

📣 Exciting News for Religious Workers! 🌅 The Sunset Date for Non-Minister Religious Workers Program Extended #ImmigrationUpdate #ReligiousWorkerVisa

👥 Great news in the world of immigration law! On January 19, 2024, President signed H.R. 2872, which extends the EB-4 non-minister special immigrant religious worker program. This critical program is now extended through March 8, 2024.

📆 What does this mean? Non-minister special immigrant religious workers, along with their accompanying spouses and children, now have until March 8, 2024, to immigrate or adjust to permanent resident status. This date is crucial as it marks the ‘sunset date’ - the end of this program.

🛐 Who are these non-minister special immigrant religious workers? They include individuals engaged in religious vocations or occupations, in both professional and non-professional capacities. It’s vital for immigration professionals to note this distinction and guide their clients accordingly.

Importantly, the sunset date does NOT affect special immigrants entering the U.S. solely to carry on the vocation of a minister, including their accompanying family members.

🔍 Stay informed and prepared to assist your clients in navigating this significant development in immigration law.

📌 If you’re dealing with cases in this category or need more information, feel free to reach out or comment below!

#ImmigrationLaw #EB4Visa #ReligiousWorker #PermanentResidency #USImmigration
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 02/26/2024 11:16 AM EST

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a big change for noncitizens working in the U.S. Now, if you’re waiting for your work permit (EAD) renewal, the automatic extension period is up from 180 days to 540 days. This means less worry about work permit expirations and job interruptions while USCIS reviews your renewal application.

This change is part of ongoing efforts to make the work permit process smoother and help noncitizens stay employed without hiccups. It’s also good news for businesses, preventing potential workforce gaps.

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening:

• Extended Extensions: Automatic extension of certain EADs from up to 180 days to up to 540 days.
• Why It Matters: Helps noncitizens avoid work interruptions and supports businesses by ensuring a steady workforce.
• Efficiency Boost: USCIS has been working hard to speed up processing times for EAD applications.
• Your Application: If you filed your EAD renewal on or after October 27, 2023, and it’s still pending, this extension applies to you. Also, anyone filing during the 540-day period after the rule’s announcement is covered.
• Bigger Picture: This move aims to keep work-authorized individuals in their jobs and support the U.S. economy.