September 2019 USCIS Announcements Roundup

Below are the updates by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the month of September 2019.

USCIS Re-Opens Previously Pending Deferral Requests

Announced on September 2nd:

“Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services announced it will reopen non-military deferred action cases that were pending on August 7. Letters will be sent this week re-opening all cases that were pending on August 7.”

Read the full announcement on the USCIS website.

E-Verify launches new video resource page

Announced on September 3rd:

“All E-Verify videos are now located on the new E-Verify video resources page, your one-stop location for important topics you need to know about E-Verify. Watch our videos to learn about the benefits of the program, how to create a case, and employee rights.”

Read the full announcement on the USCIS website.

DHS Proposes Minimal Registration Fee for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

Announced on September 3rd:

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS.”

Read the full announcement on the USCIS website.

USCIS Proposes More Effective and Efficient Processing of Work Authorization Requests for Asylum Applicants

Announced on September 6th:

“Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed regulation to improve the process for granting or denying an initial application for employment authorization documents (EADs) by reforming the current 30-day timeline pertaining to pending asylum applicants.

These proposed changes will allow USCIS the time needed to receive, screen, and process applications, which in turn would strengthen national security, maintain technological advances in identity verification, and further deter those who may be attempting to defraud the legal immigration system under an improved process.”

Read the full announcement on the USCIS website.

Re-Registration Period Now Open for Individuals with TPS under Syria’s Designation

Announced September 23rd:

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through March 31, 2021, must re-register between Sept. 23 and Nov. 22, 2019.

Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been published in the Federal Register and are available at”

Read the full announcement on the USCIS website.

Filing Guidance for CW-1 Petitions Seeking to Extend Status for Fiscal Year 2020

Announced September 24th:

“USCIS will consider certain fiscal year (FY) 2020 CW-1 petitions seeking an extension of status for temporary workers present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to be filed on time, even if USCIS receives them after the worker’s current period of CW-1 petition validity expires.

USCIS is providing this one-time, limited accommodation to facilitate the initial implementation of the new requirement that CW-1 petitions with employment start dates on or after Oct. 1, 2019, include a Temporary Labor Certification (TLC) approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).”

Read the full announcement on the USCIS website.

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