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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a national webinar, “H-1B Electronic Registration Process” on Thursday, February 23, 2023, between 2:00 to 3:00 pm (Eastern). The webinar will include USCIS representatives who will provide updates on the online account features for the FY 2024 H-1B Electronic Registration Process! They will also spend time answering some of the participants questions, you must submit questions in advance at public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov by noon Eastern, Wednesday, February 8th, please put “H-1B Electronic Registration” in the subject line before submitting.

To Register for this webinar: 

  1. Visit our registration page. 

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Alabama, Alaska and Arizona!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

On Thursday, January 12, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they were extending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the country of Somalia for 18 months. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “Through the extension and redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status, the United States will be able to offer safety and protection to Somalis who may not be able to return to their country, due to ongoing conflict and the continuing humanitarian crisis,”.

For further details please review the USCIS News Release, “Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Somalia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months“.

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On Friday, January 27th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B cap will opening soon! This initial registration period starts on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at noon (Eastern) and will continue until Friday, March 17, 2023, at noon (Eastern). Note that USCIS will assign a confirmation number for each registration that you submit for this cap. 

Review the USCIS News Alert for more details: FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1 

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing fact sheets with information on the population that are eligible for naturalization in specific regions. These fact sheets provide information on select characteristics of people with Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status, also known as Green Card holders in the different regions of the country. I have included three of the regions below.       

  
USCIS Factsheets (PDFs): 

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Question #1 – Green Card

Does Green Card processing duration depends on the country of birth or country of nationality?

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

  • Requests for Evidence; 
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); 

On Thursday January 19th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an official notice in the Federal Register updating the annual HHS poverty guidelines for 2023! The guidelines are updated based on last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 

For further details please review the Federal Register Notice (88 FR 3424, 1/19/23), “Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines”.

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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 27, 2023. Act now and submit your questions!

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