The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced-on Friday, September the 8th that they were extending the re-registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from 60 days to 18 months for several countries. The countries included in the TPS extension are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. For the complete list and the dates of that the extensions run through, please review the USCIS News Alert: DHS Extends TPS Re-registration Periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan to 18 Months! 

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USCIS (uscis.gov), 9/8/23, News Alert: 

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You can check USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) processing times at any time online using the link below, it is on their web site. You will need to select your form number, next select the form category, and last select the office processing your case and they will display a processing time. USCIS has made processing times easier to understand and provides a more realistic date range. 

Check Case Processing Times 

The processing time range is how long it takes 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 H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs. There is a cap limit of 33,000 for the first half of the fiscal year and 33,000 for the second half for a total of 66,000 per year. If the cap is not reached during the first half of the fiscal year, the extra numbers are then made available for the second half.

The H-2B cap limit for first half of FY 2024 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (9/7/23); 18,284 beneficiaries have been approved and 3,001 are pending for a total of 21,285.

The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2023 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (9/7/22); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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Question #1 – Employment Based Immigration 

What is the difference between an EB-2 and an EB-3 classification for a Green Card? 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a national conference, “National immigrant integration and citizenship education (NIICE) 2023 conference. (PDF)” on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, between 8:00 am to 5:45 pm (Eastern) and Wednesday, October 18, 2023, between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Eastern). USCIS has partnered with the White House Task Force on New Americans (TFNA) and the Interagency Naturalization Working Group (NWG) to present this in-person conference on immigrant integration and citizenship education!

Review the USCIS Upcoming National Engagements Web Page for more details: National immigrant integration and citizenship education (NIICE) 2023 conference. (PDF) 

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On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they were extending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the country of South Sudan for 18 months, from November 4, 2023, through May 3, 2025! Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “Through the extension and redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, the United States will continue to offer safety and protection to South Sudanese nationals who may not be able to return to their country due to the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis,”.

For further details please review the USCIS News Release, “Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan


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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, September 8, 2023. Act now and submit your questions!

“The basic bargain of America is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, if you work hard & play by the rules, you can make it.” — Former Dept. of Labor Secretary Tom Perez

The Labor Day holiday in United States is celebrated the first Monday in September. Labor Day was really created by the national labor movements to celebrate the American worker and their achievements, both social and economic! Each of us that work every day, immigrant or citizen, this is our celebration! For more information about the history of Labor Day review the Department of Labor’s (DOL) web page, “History of Labor Day“.

MVP Law Group would like to thank workers worldwide for their contributions to our society!

On Tuesday, August 29th, President Biden meant with the Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves who was here in the United States for a State visit. The meeting was held at the White House and discussed ways to strengthen an agreement between the countries to increase the legal ways for Central Americans who want to migrate to the United States. 

For further details please review the USCIS News Release, “Biden talks immigration and trade with Costa Rican President Chaves at the White House“.

Also view the short video below, about 4 minutes.

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