Category: State & Local Laws

USCIS: Queens Immigration Attorney Charged With Asylum Fraud

Andreea Dumitru Knowingly Made False Statements and Representations on More Than 180 Asylum Applications (News release originally published by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York) Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the…
Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program

USCIS started the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program in July 2009 as an additional way to verify information in certain visa petitions. Under this program, Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers make unannounced visits to collect information as…
USCIS: Combating Fraud and Abuse in the H-1B Visa Program

The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields…
USCIS: Pay With a Credit Card

If you file an application, petition, or request with a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may pay your filing fee and biometric services fee, if applicable, with a credit card at no additional cost. Acceptable Credit Cards You may use Visa,…
Re-Registration Period Opens for Syrians with Temporary Protected Status

Work permits expiring March 31 are automatically extended through Sept. 27 WASHINGTON—Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 30, 2019, must re-register between March 5, and May 4, 2018.…
USCIS Finalizes Guidance on Signature Requirements

—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that petitioners and applicants who seek immigration benefits must provide a valid signature on forms submitted to the agency. In an effort to protect and safeguard the nation’s immigration system and those…
Combating Fraud and Abuse in the H-1B Visa Program

The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields…