Uscis News: All Updates About Us Citizenship And Immigration Services
Immigration to the United States refers to the worldwide movement of people who are not citizens of the United States who want to live permanently in the country. Throughout most of the United States' history, immigration has been a significant source of population expansion and cultural development. Except for Native Americans, everyone in the United States may trace their roots back to immigrants from other countries.
With 47 million immigrants as of 2015, the United States has the world's largest immigrant population. This accounts for 19.1% of the world's 244 million foreign migrants and 14.4% of the population of the United States.
Other nations, such as Australia with 30% and Canada (21.9%), have higher proportions of immigrants. The United States accepted a total of 1.18 million legal immigrants in 2016, according to the 2016 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (618k new arrivals, 565k status changes).
48 percent were U.S. citizens' immediate relatives, 20 percent were family-sponsored, 13 percents were refugees or asylum seekers, 12 percent were employment-based preferences, 4.2 percent were part of the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, 1.4 percent were crime victims (U1) or their family members (U2 to U5), and 1.0 percent were granted the Special Immigrant Visa.
The remaining 0.4 percent included small numbers from several other categories, including 0.2 percent who were granted deportation relief as an immediate relative of a citizen (Z13); persons admitted under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act; children born after the issuance of a parent's visa; and certain parolees from the former Soviet Union, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam who were granted deportation relief as an immediate relative of a citizen (Z13); and certain parolees from the former Soviet Union.
Immigration's economic, social, and political elements have sparked debate over problems including ethnic homogeneity, employees for employers vs employment for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, effect on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behavior.
Between 1921 and 1965, immigration and naturalization possibilities for individuals from outside Western Europe were restricted by laws such as the national origins formula.
Exclusion rules established as early as the 1880s largely banned or severely limited Asian immigration, while quota restrictions introduced in the 1920s restricted Eastern European immigration.
These ethnic restrictions were replaced by per-country limitations for family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas as a result of the civil rights movement.
The number of first-generation immigrants in the US has tripled since then. Immigration to the United States seems to be helpful to the economy of the United States, according to research.
With a few exceptions, the data indicates that immigration has a beneficial economic impact on the local population on average, while the evidence on whether low-skilled immigration has a negative impact on low-skilled natives is unclear. Immigrants, according to studies, commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans.
The Donald Trump administration on Wednesday formally announced a new rule related to the filing of H-1B visas, asserting that it is more efficient, effective, and helps in attracting the best talent in the US, as part of its effort to give foreign workers who have received higher education from the US a better chance.
Under the normal cap and the advanced degree exemption, the final rule reverses the order in which US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) chooses H-1B applications. It establishes an electronic registration requirement for petitioners intending to submit H-1B cap-subject petitions, among other things.
The new regulation, which will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, will take effect on April 1, but the need for electronic registration will be delayed for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap season, according to USCIS.
"These straightforward reforms benefit businesses, the foreign employees they want to hire, and the agency's adjudicators, making the H-1B visa program more efficient," said USCIS Director Francis Cissna.
President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he wants to make reforms to the H-1B visa system so that visa holders may remain in the country and expedite their route to citizenship.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US businesses to hire foreign employees in specialty professions that require theoretical or technical knowledge. It is popular among Indian IT experts.
He claims that once the new registration system is in place, it will reduce total expenses for businesses while also increasing government efficiency.
USCIS is also helping Trump achieve his objective of fixing the immigration system, according to Cissna, by making a minor change to the H-1B cap selection process.
"As a consequence, in years of excess demand for new H-1B visas, US businesses looking to hire foreign employees with a US master's or higher degree will have a better chance of being selected in the H-1B lottery," Cissna added.
USCIS will prioritize H-1B petitions (or registrations, whenever the registration requirement is enacted) filed on behalf of all beneficiaries, including those who may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption, beginning April 1. Following that, USCIS will choose from among the remaining qualified applications, a number that is expected to exceed the advanced degree exemption threshold.
According to a media release, changing the sequence in which USCIS calculates these allocations would likely boost the number of applications for beneficiaries with a master's or higher degree from a US higher education institution to be chosen under the H-1B numerical allocations.
The adjustment is expected to boost the number of chosen petitions for H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a US institution of higher education by up to 16 percent (or 5,340 employees).
On April 1, 2019, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B cap applications for fiscal 2020. Petitioners for the FY 2020 H-1B cap season will be subject to the reverse selection order.
USCIS said it has chosen to postpone the electronic registration requirement for the fiscal 2020 cap season in order to complete user testing and ensure the system and procedures are fully functioning, based on the input.
Effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to an immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
We're revising our policy advice to reflect the August 17, 2021 change to the Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Applicants who are undergoing an immigration medical examination must now complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and submit proof of immunization to the civil surgeon before the immigration medical examination may be completed. This provision will take effect on Oct. 1, 2021, and will apply to any Forms I-693 signed by civil surgeons after that date. We're working on incorporating this additional requirement into Form I-693 and the form instructions.
Individuals seeking to become legal permanent residents, as well as other applicants as judged appropriate, must submit to an immigration medical examination to demonstrate that they are free of any problems that would make them inadmissible on health-related grounds. USCIS appoints qualified doctors as civil surgeons to conduct this immigration medical examination for applicants residing in the United States and to record the findings on Form I-693.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may issue blanket exemptions if the COVID-19 vaccination is:
- Not age-appropriate.
- Due to a medical issue, it is not recommended.
- Where the civil surgeon practices, it is not usually accessible.
- or there is a scarcity of vaccines, which will force the applicant to wait a long time to be vaccinated.
The stakes have just become a whole lot higher for highly qualified foreign employees seeking a new work visa or an extension. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently revised its guidelines, adopting a tougher approach to accepting applications from those looking for employment in the IT sector.
Agents will be allowed to decline applications considered incomplete or to have mistakes under the new policy, which takes effect Sept. 11, without first asking applicants to correct the defect or alerting them that their submission would be rejected.
The government recently expanded the list of instances in which it may initiate the removal process of foreign nationals to include individuals who have had their immigration benefits, such as employment status, rejected.
According to Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, the restrictions are expected to disproportionately impact individuals whose applications need a significant quantity of supporting evidence.
Employees with H-1B visas, which are mostly held by people in the technology, science, and medicine industries, are now frequently asked to respond to a request for evidence from USCIS to prove whether they are qualified for their jobs or whether they work in a specialty occupation, according to Pierce.
Small mistakes on files may result in severe penalties, including deportation, according to the changes, which are part of "a larger trend of USCIS becoming more of an enforcement agency than an immigration welfare agency," according to Pierce.
In February, the USCIS revised its mission statement to remove the phrase "country of immigrants" from the statement and replace it with wording about "protecting Americans" and "securing the homeland." According to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy, the USCIS received 105,000 more H-1B applications in April than it could approve.
Nonetheless, in 2017, Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., Alphabet Inc.'s Google, and other US tech titans witnessed a rise in the number of H-1B petitions accepted.