USCIS recently announced the launch of a new mobile option for filing a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. This is only for applicants who are not using an attorney. Applicants who are getting help from an attorney or authorized representative must continue to use the regular I-90.
Applicants can now file their form and upload evidence entirely on a mobile device. According to USCIS, the redesign of the online Form I-90 also allows permanent residents to navigate the site more easily, making the process of renewing or replacing Green Cards more convenient.
"The new mobile-responsive design provides an intuitive method for answering questions, navigating through sections, and uploading evidence on a mobile device. Instructions for filing Form I-90 require providing certain evidence, such as a copy of government-issued identification. For those filing through a mobile device, it may be easier to take a photo of the evidence and upload it directly from their mobile devices. The redesigned online form also provides a more personalized experience, as users are directed to answer only those questions specific to their case."
Applicants can access the online Form I-90 through myUSCIS by creating a USCIS online account at https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/. There is no cost to set up an account.
For more information, please contact us.
On July 19, 2017, the US Departments of Homeland Security and Labor will publish a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. Since the year ends on September 30, it may already be too late for many employers to benefit from the increase.
USCIS states that this is a one-time increase only, and does not affect the H-2B program in future years. Normally, USCIS allows for 66,000 H-2B visas to be approved every year, with 33,000 being allocated to workers starting in the first half of the year, and 33,000 for workers starting in the 2nd half.
These visas will be available only to American businesses which attest that they will likely suffer irreparable harm without the ability to employ all the H-2B workers requested in their petition.
The H-2B visa program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs. The visas are often given to people working in landscape companies, hotels (including Trump hotels.....), holiday resorts, forests, fisheries, etc. USCIS only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of certain countries: those which Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs. USCIS may approve H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.
H-2B shortage causes problems for hotels
Earlier H-2B blog posts
The Trump administration dealt a blow to start-ups and entrepreneurs today, when it delayed the start of a new immigration program. The program would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs to work in their US businesses (see this blog post for details about the program). The program will not now take effect before March 14, 2018....if it takes effect at all.
The Federal Register explains that "...DHS decided to delay the effective date of the IE Final Rule, to further consider it in light of E.O. 13767." EO 13767 is the Executive Order that describes building the wall with Mexico, increasing immigration enforcement, reducing humanitarian relief, and more.
Newsweek reports that the delay in implementing the entrepreneur visa could have a chilling effect on startup tech companies. The article notes that "Immigrants have played a big role in Silicon Valley. About a third of U.S. venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 to 2012 was created by one or more immigrant founder, according to a recent study by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Companies created by at least one immigrant founder include Facebook, LinkedIn, Zipcar and Tesla Motors."
Please contact Elaine Martin if you would like to discuss other possible immigration options,including investor visa, international transferees, etc.
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.