US Immigration Updates

US Immigration Updates

What is this database?

This resource is a searchable database of US immigration updates impacting members of the Appalachian community. This is a general information summary database of select immigration updates and is not intended to be comprehensive.

This table is updated weekly on Mondays.

Please contact issso@appstate.edu if you would like to suggest an update or if you have questions or concerns regarding your specific situation.

Title Topic Population impacted Effective start date of guidance End date of guidance

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

  • For those EADs that benefit from the automatic 180-day extension of validity for timely filing an extension, USCIS is providing an additional 360 days of validity (total of up to 540 days (180 + 360)). EADs that qualify for automatic renewal and will benefit from this temporary final rule are listed at: https://www.uscis.gov/eadautoextend
  • They include those with pending asylum cases, pending I-485 applications (under Section 245), certain H-4 nonimmigrants who qualify for EADs, among many others.
Employment
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
May 4, 2022
Ongoing

President Biden to Announce Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

  • Beginning on April 25, 2022, U.S.-based individuals and entities can apply to DHS to sponsor Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression through the Uniting for Ukraine process, which will go live that day on the DHS website. 
  • Any U.S. citizen or individual, including representatives of non-government organizations, can sponsor Ukrainian applicants. 
  • Individuals and organizations seeking to sponsor Ukrainian citizens in the United States will be required to declare their financial support and pass security background checks to protect against exploitation and abuse.
Travel
Other
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
DACA
April 25, 2022
Ongoing

DHS Designates Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months

  • Department of Homeland Security designates Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status from April 14, 2022 to October 14, 2023. 
  • Citizens of Cameroon who demonstrate conintuous residence in the US as of April 14, 2022 are eligible for TPS under Somalia's designation.
  • Individuals who are granted TPS 1) are protected from forced removal from the US (deportation), 2) can obtain special authorization to work in the US, and 3) may be granted authorization to leave and re-enter the US 
Employment
Other
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
DACA
April 14, 2022
October 14, 2023

USCIS Announces Online Filing for DACA Renewal Forms

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that individuals who previously received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may now file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, online.
Other
DACA
April 12, 2022
Ongoing

Processing Posts for Ukrainian Visa Applicants

Travel
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
March 1, 2022
Ongoing

DHS extends Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan

  • The Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice (FRN) announcing that it is automatically extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for South Sudan, effective May 3, 2022 through Nov. 3, 2023.
  • Individuals who are granted TPS 1) are protected from forced removal from the US (deportation), 2) can obtain special authorization to work in the US, and 3) may be granted authorization to leave and re-enter the US.
Travel
Employment
Other
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
DACA
May 3, 2022
November 3, 2023

DHS Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months

  • Department of Homeland Security designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected status from March 1, 2022 to September 1, 2023.
  • Citizens of Ukraine who demonstrate conintuous residence in the US since March 1, 2022 are eligible for TPS under Ukraine's designation.
  • Individuals who are granted TPS 1) are protected from forced removal from the US (deportation), 2) can obtain special authorization to work in the US, and 3) may be granted authorization to leave and re-enter the US.
Employment
Other
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
DACA
March 1, 2022
September 1, 2023

Electronic I-20s now Acceptable


Other
F-1 student
Dependent
November 1, 2021
Ongoing

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Response time to Requests for Evidence and Others

  • USCIS will accept responses to Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny (see website for full list) that are received by USCIS within 60 calendar days of the due date set in the request or notice for any notice that is dated between March 1, 2020 and July 25, 2022; USCIS will not take any action. For example, if you receive a Request for Evidence with a due date of October 1, you now have an additional 60 days (until November 30, 2021) to respond to this Request for Evidence.
Other
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
December 30, 2021
July 25, 2022

Consular Offices May Waive In-Person Visa Interview Requirement for certain F, J, M Applicants

  • Conusular offices may waive the visa interview requirement for F, M and academic J visa applicants for the remainder of 2021. Some restrictions apply; see full announcement for details and contact your local embassy for eligibility.
Travel
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
September 15, 2021
December 31, 2021