U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, as of October 1, 2022, CBP officers at airports in the San Francisco Area Port jurisdiction, including SFO, SJC, and OAK, will no longer be stamping passports as a matter of course. This follows other ports of entry that are implementing a "stampless entry" pilot program.
This is an update to our July 18th article on USCIS’s expansion of premium processing.
This is a follow-up to our May 24th article on USCIS’s expansion of premium processing.
Today, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, from 180 to 540 days (360 days of additional automatic extension time). The increase, which will be effective on May 4, 2022, will help avoid gaps in employment for those with pending EAD renewal applications.
This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided an update for expanding Premium Processing (PP).
Yesterday, on March 29th, USCIS announced that the H-1B random selection (lottery) process has concluded and that it has informed registrants and attorneys of the selection result through “MyUSCIS” accounts.
In November 2021, USCIS announced that L and E spouses are now employment authorized incident to their E or L nonimmigrant status. Subsequent to that announcement, on January 30, 2022, USCIS and CBP began issuing I-94s with the letter “S” (e.g., L-2S, E-1S, E-2S and E-3S) for E and L spouses. I-94s with the letter “S” became acceptable as evidence of employment authorization, without EAD (under List C of Form I-9). However, spouses who received their I-94 before January 30th still have I-94s without the letter “S”, and thus still lack evidence of work authorization without an EAD.
USCIS has confirmed that the registration period for FY 2023 H-1B cap cases will begin on March 1st at 9 AM (Pacific Time), and end on March 18th at 9 AM (Pacific Time).