Updates: AILA – ICYMI: USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests until 3/26/22

USCIS announced on Friday, September 24th, that they were extending the flexibilities that they originally announced on March 30, 2020. These flexibilities are for responding to certain requests from the USCIS, some are listed below:

  • Requests for Evidence;

The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

Click the link to view the February 2022 Visa Bulletin

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).

The American Immigration Council (AIC) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are inviting interested participants to join a free webinar hosted by their own experts! The subject will be a discussion of the Biden Administration’s first year Immigration record and what is next for his second term. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 19th between 10:00am and 11:00am EST. 

To register just fill out the online form linked below: 

One Year In: President Biden’s Track Record on Immigration! 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has created a document online on their research library listing all the 2022 USCIS form updates in reverse chronological order! This document lists updates of all forms issued by USCIS! Note: check the USCIS website for the latest updates and correct version of USCIS forms! 

Please review AILA Research Library document: 2022 USCIS Forms Updates 

 | Dated January 12, 2022

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”

Excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial!

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Question #1 – Citizenship and Naturalization

Will I be asked all 100 civics questions during the naturalization interview?

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) provides an updated ‘processing times’ in table form, with information on FY2022 first quarterly completions; October 2021 to December 2021. These figures indicate the time that it takes from the date the case is received at AAO coming from the Service Center or District Office to completion.

AAO Processing Times were released with processing dates as of 1/4/22. If you filed an appeal, please review the link below to determine the applicable processing time associated with your particular case.

Note: Starting with the January 2017 Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Processing Times Report, the AAO has changed how it presents processing time data. The AAO will now provide, by form type, the total number of case completions for the fiscal year quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, cases completed divided by their projected case goal.

You can now check USCIS processing times online at the USCIS web site. All you need to enter is your form number, and the office processing your case. USCIS has made processing times easier to understand and provide a more realistic date range.

Check Case Processing Times

The processing time range is how long it is taking for USCIS to process your type of case from the date they received it. USCIS processes cases in the order they receive them, and they normally update this information monthly. The estimated time range displayed is based on data captured over the last two months.

We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, January 14, 2022. Act now and submit your questions!

The Senior Policy Manager for United We Dream, Juliana Macedo Do Nascimento stated that, “The Biden administration made lots of promises during their election campaign and we expect them to follow through on them.” She continued, “We are still very much focused on Build Back Better. It didn’t pass last year but we know Senate Democrats are working with their caucus to make sure it’s passed at the end of the day and the immigrant population is protected.” United We Dream is an organization that is made up of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. 

Review the Border Report News Article for more information: ‘Dreamers’ to keep pushing for citizenship in 2022

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