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...

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...

Settlement Reached: H-4 EAD Renewals Now Also Qualifies For Automatic 180-Day extension and L-2s Get Work Authorization Without EAD.

Update May 12, 2022 On Nov. 12, 2021, USCIS issued a policy announcement to clarify that it will consider E and L spouses to be employment authorized based on their valid E or L nonimmigrant status. Since the November 2021 announcement, the Department of Homeland Security added new Class of Admission (COA) codes to distinguish between E and L spouses and children. As of Jan. 30, 2022, USCIS and...

Why Is My Case Taking So Long?

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Anxious About Not Having Received a Receipt Notice? Ask Emma

As USCIS continues to grapple with backlogs and extended processing delays, the issuance of receipt notices has also be impacted with some taking 3 weeks or longer to arrive by mail. Coupled with mail delivery issues at USPS, it has now become a challenge just to get the receipt notice in hand. It is no longer easy or expected to receive the receipt notice within a few short days. Receipt...

I-751 Processing updates

Update Post 09/17/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 09/04/2021. Interview was waived. Filed on 12/06/2019 Approved on 09/04/2021 Update Post 08/20/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 08/17/2021. The interview also took place on 08/17/2021. Filed on 05/31/2019 Approved on 08/17/2021 Original Post 06/29/2021 Regarding ACS biometrics notices, we recently received one for a I-751 that was...

USCIS Will Offer Relief to Those Impacted by Delays at USCIS Lockbox

Update June 18, 2021 If you have experienced a delayed rejection of your immigration filing which you are unable to refile due to no longer being eligible for the immigration benefit requested, please pay attention to the current flexibilities offered by USCIS. These filing flexibilities are effective for 60 days from June 10, 2021, until August 9, 2021. Refiling Eligibility You may refile your...

Expediting a Pending I-765 EAD

Update 6/11/2021 USCIS has clarified the circumstances under which it will consider expedited requests (ER). NBC is processing expedited request (ER) of EADs very quickly. Call USCIS customer service for ER and ask to speak to Tier 2 officer. Tier 2 will call back in a week or so. Provide financial loss docs. Most are approved without any docs. If doc is requested, some examples include a letter...

I-485 EB Processing Update

Update June 28, 2022 also see USCIS posts alert about “Transfer the Underlying Basis” and creates inflated expectations over EB I-485 applications Update May 17, 2022 USCIS is now showing new case status updates relating to pending I-485. Specifically, it will now tell you if your I-485 is put on hold due to visa number retrogression. The crazy part is that the update for this case is...