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H-1B Receipt Notice Delays at the Vermont Service Center

Update June 22, 2022 Based on recent H-1B receipt notices from Vermont, it does seem like they are making efforts to speed up intaking and the issuance of receipt notices. Took more than a month to receive receipts for cases filed in early May. Took 15 days for cases filed in late May. Original Post June 20, 2022 We have been experiencing delays in receiving H-1B receipt notices for cases filed...

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USCIS Expands Premium Processing to I-140 EB1 (EB1-C) and I-140 EB-2 (NIW)

On May 24, 2022, USCIS announced a phased approach to expanding premium processing to those requesting EB-1 immigrant classification as a multinational executive or manager (“EB-1C”) as well as those requesting EB-2 immigrant classification as a member of a profession with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a National Interest Waiver (“EB-2 NIW”). The expansion will occur in...

Is the New Estimated Case Processing Time Better than Before?

On May 5, 2022, USCIS announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. Users can now immediately find the processing time information for their particular type of case, rather than seeing an aggregate of all related case types. Additional changes include: Adding drop-down options for form categories will help narrow results to only...

USCIS Temporarily Increases Automatic EAD extension up to 540 days

Starting May 4, 2022, USCIS will increase the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, to up to 540 days. The following employment eligible categories are eligible for an automatic: The eligibility category you listed on your Form I-765 renewal...

I-751 Interviews No Longer Mandatory

On April 7, 2022, USCIS revised its policy to allow the waiving of interviews for conditional permanent residents (CPR) who have filed a petition to remove the conditions on their permanent resident status via I-751. This means that if there is sufficient evidence of bona fide marriage, a USCIS officer may decide to waive the interview and approve the I-751 based on the documentary evidence...