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06/14/2021: Vermont Service Center Address Change

Effective June 14, 2021, the Vermont Service Center will no longer receive any incoming mail at the St. Albans, VT facility, which is being decommissioned. Mail sent to the previous addresses will be forwarded for one year, but any mail sent to the previous addresses after June 2022 may be returned to the sender by the United States Postal Service or the courier service used. - USCIS

Type New Address
Premium Processing Mail Premium Processing Service USCIS Vermont Service Center 30 River Road Essex Junction, VT 05452-3808
H-1B Cap Mail USCIS Vermont Service Center 38 River Road Suite 1000 Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001
All Other Mail USCIS Vermont Service Center 38 River Road Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001

06/03/2021: Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for FY 2021

Under the recently announced H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule, USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 16,000 H-2B visas made available for returning workers only. We continue to accept petitions for H-2B nonimmigrant workers for the additional 6,000 visas allotted for nationals of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador (collectively called the Northern Triangle).

06/02/2021: USCIS Announces Pilot Program for Credit Card Payments Using Form G-1450 When Filing Form I-485

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a pilot program for accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for U nonimmigrants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

The pilot program began on May 3 at the Nebraska Service Center and will be limited to this location. The service center started accepting credit card payments from certain Form I-485 applicants using Form G-1450. Applicants must be U nonimmigrants (victims of criminal activity). At the end of the pilot, USCIS will evaluate the results and determine the next steps for possibly expanding this payment option for other forms or other service centers. - USCIS

05/19/2021: June 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for June 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2017-05-01 151
China EB3 2018-09-01 109
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2010-12-01 122
India EB3 2011-11-01 273

05/17/2021: USCIS Announces Open Application Period for Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

USCIS is now accepting applications for two funding awards under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. This program will provide up to $10 million in competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations that provide citizenship instruction and civic integration services to lawful permanent residents. The two funding awards are the following:

  • Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services
  • Refugee and Asylee Integration Services Program

05/13/2021: USCIS Temporarily Suspends Biometrics Requirement for Certain Form I-539 Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that effective May 17, 2021, we will temporarily suspend the biometrics submission requirement for certain applicants filing Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, requesting an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status. USCIS will adjudicate these Form I-539 applications based on biographic information and related background checks but without capturing fingerprints and a photograph. This suspension will apply through May 17, 2023, subject to affirmative extension or revocation of the suspension period by the USCIS director.

04/20/2021: May 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2016-12-01 91
China EB3 2018-05-15 61
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2010-08-01 92
India EB3 2011-02-01 153

04/12/2021: F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of these categories:

  • (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT;
  • (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and
  • (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

03/15/2021: April 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2016-09-01 48
China EB3 2018-03-15 35
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2010-05-01 106
India EB3 2010-09-01 62

02/23/2021: March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 2020-08-01 213
China EB2 2016-07-15 30
China EB3 2018-02-08 38
India EB1 2020-08-01 213
India EB2 2010-01-15 95
India EB3 2010-07-01 91

02/16/2021: Overview of the H-1B Electronic Registration Process: A Webinar for Registrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services invites you to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During this webinar, USCIS representatives will provide an instructional presentation of the H-1B electronic registration process in myUSCIS for registrants. We will hold another webinar specifically tailored for attorneys and representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 23. - USCIS

02/16/2021: USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

We have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations, but that were not selected, will now show: * Not Selected: Not selected for this fiscal year.

01/22/2021: February 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 2020-01-01 122
China EB2 2016-06-15 14
China EB3 2018-01-01 17
India EB1 2020-01-01 122
India EB2 2009-10-12 4
India EB3 2010-04-01 10

See DOS Visa Bulletin Predictions.

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