The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an Annual Flow Report, listing statistics for those who were granted lawful permanent residence status (green cards) in 2014.
The report is divided into sections describing the gender and age breakdown, immigration category (family, employment, etc.), country of origin and US residence.
The report shows that the majority (63.5%) of new permanent residents in 2014 immigrated using a family-based category. Another 15% were granted green cards based on an employment relationship, 13% were refugees/asylees and the remainder were miscellaneous categories such as diversity, Haitian Refugees, etc.
US Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) reminds people that there is relief available to those affected by natural disasters, such as the severe earthquakes recently in Ecuador, Japan and Burma.
Some of the relief options include:
If you are seeking relief because of the natural disaster, you must still file the USCIS form that is normally required for this relief. You should include an explanation as to why you are seeking the relief requested.
For more information, see: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will begin Premium Processing for applicable cap-subject H-1B petitions on May 12.
Premium Processing (PP) ensures that USCIS will make a decision on a case with 15 days of the filing, for an additional filing fee. Normally the 15-day period starts from the day that USCIS receives the case. However, USCIS had earlier announced that it would suspend PP until it had finished with the lottery for H-1B cases. This latest announcement means that H-1B cap cases filed with Premium Processing should receive a decision from USCIS by May 27.
USCIS has announced that it will not use any pre-paid mailers (e.g. self-addressed FedEx envelopes) for two weeks after premium processing starts for H-1B cap-subject petitions.
During these two weeks, USCIS use regular mail to send out the final notices rather than any pre-paid mailers that were included with the H-1B filing. USCIS is doing this "due to resource limitations as we work to process all premium processing petitions in a timely manner."
Once the two week period ends, USCIS will resume using the pre-paid mailers included by petitioners.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.