Individuals From Hong Kong May Apply For Employment Authorization Through 02/05/2023

USCIS announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents may apply for employment authorization covered under President Biden's Aug. 5 memorandum directing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for 18 months, through February 5, 2023. See Biden Grants “Safe Haven” to Hong Kong Residents Eligible Hong Kong residents who were present in the United States as of August 5, 2021, may apply for an...

USCIS May Lose Your RFE Response

Yes, it's true that your filings may get lost after they've been delivered to USCIS. In our experience, it's extremely rare for USCIS to lose a package after it has been delivered to its facility. Oftentimes, it's the carrier that may have lost/damaged the package while on route to USCIS. This may happen due to no fault of anyone such as extreme weather or a car accident. For time-sensitive...

Tip Sheet On How To Communicate with the USCIS Contact Center More Effective

The CIS Ombudsman has released a guide to help customers better navigate the USCIS Contact Center. Helpful tips include: When does it make sense to reach out to the USCIS Contact Center?What else can I do in my online account to bypass the USCIS Contact Center?How can I make sure I get my call returned?How can I make sure I don’t miss a return call?What constitutes an emergency?I need to...

I-140 Processing Time

Update 12/06/2021 We have some more sample approvals showing straight approvals in about 5 months at the Texas Service Center. For petitions involving RFE, the total processing time will be longer. We have received an approved I-140 that took about16 months. This particular I-140 also involved a "lost" RFE response which added to the total processing time. See related post: USCIS May Lose Your...

H-1B Processing Update

We are starting a new post to track the processing timeframes of non-premium H-1B cases. Please check out a related post on Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium. Update 01/21/2022 Processing time of H-1B extensions continues to stay at 4 months. See some examples below. Note that H-1Bs subject to RFEs will take longer. Below are some examples. One is an H-1B1 extension and the other is an initial...

May Need a New Medical Exam If the Civil Surgeon is No Longer Listed

This is a situation where the reviewing officer's discretion plays a significant role. USCIS has a tool on its website that lists all the civil surgeons in the US who are authorized to complete the I-693 medical exam. Applicants would go to the online tool, search for a civil surgeon near where they live, set up an appointment, and complete the medical exam. The sealed medical exam report...