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On Friday, February 18th, the USCIS released a news alert urging eligible applicants to switch, if possible, to the employment-based categories! The overall employment-based annual limit for fiscal year 2022 is twice as high as usual numbers, because that limit includes all unused family-sponsored visa numbers from fiscal year 2021. There were approximately 140,000 unused family-sponsored visa numbers added to the new total. 

The News Alert states, “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services encourages eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories, because there is an exceptionally high number of employment-based immigrant visas available in these categories during this fiscal year (October 2021 through September 2022).” 

Review the USCIS News Alert for more information: USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories! 

On Wednesday, February 9th, the Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ur M. Jaddou announced in a news release that they had created a new mission statement for the agency. The Director stated, “USCIS is committed to ensuring that the immigration system we administer is accessible and humane. As we look towards the future, my commitment will remain the same – USCIS will continue to serve the public with respect and fairness, and lead with integrity to reflect America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility today and for generations to come.”

The new USCIS mission statement: “USCIS upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve.

Review the USCIS News Release for more details: USCIS Announces New Agency Mission Statement

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; Utah, Vermont and Virginia!

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.

Jose Diaz-Balart from MSNBC Reports hosted an interview with AILA President Allen Orr. He explained how he feels they can reduce the record backlog at the immigration courts! Mr. Orr stated, “This administration has the power to fix it, the same way we do in criminal court,”. There are over 1.5 million immigration cases pending in the U.S. 

MSNBC Reports Video: U.S. immigration court faces biggest backlog ever, with 1.5M cases pending 

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After first year of the Biden Administration, the USCIS has released a list of their accomplishments for the FY (Fiscal Year) 2021! Ur M. Jaddou, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stated, “I’m immensely proud of the USCIS workforce and for their achievements in a year of many challenges and rebuilding. From responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing processing delays to enacting numerous operational and policy changes in response to executive orders from the Biden-Harris Administration, FY 2021 marks a year of growth and renewed vision for our agency,”. 

The following areas of improvement discussed include: Fiscal Health, Temporary Flexibilities in Response to COVID-19, Employment-Based Adjustments, Processing Delays, and others!

Review the USCIS News Release for more information: USCIS Announces FY 2021 Accomplishments

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 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! 

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