On Friday, September 17, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) celebrated the 234th Constitution and Citizenship Day by welcoming over 21,000 new citizens in 335 naturalization ceremonies across this wonderful country.

USCIS Director, Ur M. Jaddou stated, “Citizenship Day and Constitution Day are special days at USCIS – an agency where many people come to work every day to help those at home and abroad realize the full meaning of U.S. citizenship. As we take time to reflect on what citizenship means to each of us, let us share in the commitment to invest fully in this country’s promise to be a place of hope and possibilities for all.”

Please view this USCIS News Release for more details: USCIS to Welcome 21,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Nearly 760,000 individuals became naturalized citizens every year between the FY 2015 and FY 2019 period! The total was over 3.7 million new naturalized citizens during that period. The linked fact sheet below summarizes the data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization records to provide information on the demographic characteristics of these new citizens.

Link to PDF of Full Report: Characteristics of People Who Naturalized Between FY 2015 and FY 2019

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On Friday, September 10th, the House Judiciary Committee released bill text on immigration

provisions that will be included in the budget reconciliation package. Committee Chairman

Nadler substituted the full bill text with an amendment that makes technical changes to the initial

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; Rhode Island, South Carolina and South Dakota!

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.

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Question #1 – Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)

What is the Child Status Protection Act?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Wednesday, September 14th, that effective October 1, 2021, all applicants subject to an immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19! The COVID-19 vaccination must be finished before the civil surgeon can complete and sign the applicant’s immigration medical examination, Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

Please view this USCIS News Alert for more details: COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations

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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.

The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

Click the link to view the October 2021 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).

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, September 17, 2021. Act now and submit your questions!

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