USCIS Pandemic Signature Policy Now Permanent

USCIS Pandemic Signature Policy Now Permanent

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, USCIS announced that it would accept copies of original signatures for petitions and applications sent to USCIS in paper form. Previously, there was haphazard guidance and practice over when and on what forms USCIS would...
USCIS Backlog Reduction Efforts…And Mistakes

USCIS Backlog Reduction Efforts…And Mistakes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hosted a public engagement session on May 18, 2022 to report on backlog reduction efforts. Even before the pandemic processing times were reaching crisis proportions. The pandemic took the agency nearly to the breaking point....
Many EAD Automatic Extensions Now Up to 540 Days

Many EAD Automatic Extensions Now Up to 540 Days

USCIS continues its efforts to address the enormous backlogs that the pandemic aggravated. The latest announcement is a temporary rule to increase the automatic extension period for employment authorization documents (EADs) from 180 days to 540 days beyond the current...
Premium Processing Expansion Coming

Premium Processing Expansion Coming

In October 2020 Congress enacted legislation to allow USCIS to expand premium processing to several types of immigration benefit petitions and applications. USCIS finally published a proposed rule in March 2022 to offer the optional, expedited processing for...