- The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announce new policies.
- Who will be the lucky ones?
- What are the benefits?
USCIS announces new policies that will benefit thousands of undocumented immigrants. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced new policies that will speed up the immigration procedures for thousands.
The US agency has announced a trio of efforts to “increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system,” according to a statement reviewed by MundoHispanico. These efforts seek to reduce delays throughout the agency.
What are these new USCIS policies?
Reducing Processing Backlogs: USCIS announced that it will set new goals for internal cycle times, which will reduce the processing time of thousands of immigrant applications. “Applicants and petitioners will get decisions on their cases more quickly,” the agency said.
“USCIS will increase capacity, improve technology and expand staff to achieve these new goals by the end of fiscal year 2023,” according to the statement published on its official page and reviewed by Mundo Hispanico. The immigration agency also explained how long they expect to take depending on each case.
Faster processing! See who will be the first to get their papers
“The agency’s publicly posted processing times show the average amount of time it took USCIS to process a particular form – from when the agency received the application until a decision was made on the case,” the institution said in the statement.
Immigrants who process priority I-129 and priority I-140 forms will be the first to get a result from the agency according to the table published on its official website. The I-129 forms would take two months. Other forms would take 3 to 6 months, as revealed by the USCIS.
Second policy: There will be more priority cases
Who will be the beneficiaries? Currently, premium processing is available only for petitioners filing Form I-129, for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and for some employment-based visa petitions. However, with this change other immigrants will benefit.
Those immigrants who file Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status), Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization; and additional classifications under Form I-140), and the Immigrant Petition for Foreign workers will also be under this status.
They will not be the only ones to receive benefits
USCIS’s announcement says it intends to begin implementing, through a phased approach, premium processing availability for other immigrants this fiscal year. The beneficiaries will be those who file Forms I-539, I-765 and I-140.
“USCIS will also adhere to the congressional requirement that the expansion of premium processing must not cause an increase in processing times for regular immigration benefit requests,” the statement from the immigration agency said.
Third Policy: Improving Access to Employment Authorization Documents
The immigration agency said that it is moving towards a temporary final rule currently called “Temporary Increase of the Automatic Extension Period of Employment Authorization and Documentation for Certain Renewal Applicants.” What would be the benefits?
The main beneficiaries of this measure are those who request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Many of these processes, including the extension of validity periods and accelerated work authorization renewals, were already being streamlined.
Some immigrants will not lose their authorization to work
The expedited renewals benefited health care and child care workers, according to USCIS. The temporary final rule is intended to build on this progress and ensure that certain individuals do not lose work authorization while their applications are pending.
“A full list of prior actions USCIS has taken to reduce processing times and the agency’s pending caseload is available on our website,” USCIS notes at the end of the release.
2023 H-1B visa process closes
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received sufficient electronic records during the initial registration period to meet fiscal year 2023 H-1B visa number allocations, including the exemption for postgraduate (maximum amount per master’s degree),” says the USCIS.
The agency noted that these applications must be filed beginning April 1, 2022. “Only petitioners with selected records may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year 2023, and only for the beneficiary indicated in the corresponding record selection notification,” said the immigration agency. Filed Under: USCIS paperwork
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