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February 2024
Immigration News Briefs

The Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning January 1, 2024, certain categories of interview waivers are in the national interest. As a result, consular officers will continue to have the authority and discretion to waive an in-person interview.

According to the announcement, the interview waiver authorities now cover:

Note: The authority has now been expanded to all nonimmigrant categories, but an individual is no longer eligible if their only prior visa issuance was a B visa. DOS reminds stakeholders that applicants renewing a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification within 48 months of the prior visa’s expiration date will continue to be eligible for interview waiver until further notice.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for an interview waiver, applicants must also meet certain legal requirements, including:

Organizational accounts and online filing for I-129

USCIS is launching online organizational accounts and making Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, available for online filing for H-1B petitioners for fiscal year (FY) 2025.

All legal representative account holders and all organizations with an H-1B registrant account, as well as new users, will experience new account enhancements, including improved design and case management features. H-1B petitioners will be able to file Forms I-129 and associated Form I-907 premium processing requests online through their organizational account, have a legal representative file online on their behalf, or file a paperbased Form I-129. The H-1B registration process is only available online.

Policy guidance for international students

USCIS issued policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States.

This guidance consolidates existing policy. USCIS expects that this will provide welcome clarity to international students and U.S. educational institutions on a wealth of topics, including eligibility requirements, school transfers, practical training, and on- and off-campus employment.

For example, the guidance clarifies that F and M students must have a foreign residence that they do not intend to abandon, but that such students may be the beneficiary of a permanent labor certification application or immigrant visa petition and may still be able to demonstrate their intention to depart after a temporary period of stay.

In addition, the guidance specifies how F students seeking an extension of optional practical training (OPT) based on their degree in a STEM field may be employed by startup companies, as long as the employer adheres to the training plan requirements, remains in good standing with E-Verify, and provides compensation commensurate to that provided to similarly situated U.S. workers, among other requirements.

 

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR ​ FEBRUARY 2024

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01J​an15

01J​an15

2A

08F​eb​20

08F​eb​20

2B

​01Oct15

​01Oct15

3rd

​​​​22Apr09

​​​​22Apr09

4th

​0​5Nov05

22​May07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

 01​Sep20

Current

2nd

 01​Mar1​2

15​Nov22

3rd

​​​​ 01​​​Jul12

0​1​Sep22

Other

 ​​​​ 01​​​Jul12

0​1​​​Sep20

4th

 ​15May19

15May19

5th

 ​​01Dec​20

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DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - FEBRUARY 2024

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01​Sep17

01​Sep17

2A

01​Sep23

01​Sep23

2B

​​01​Jan17

​​01​Jan17

3rd

​​0​1Mar10

​​0​1Mar10

4th

22F​eb06

01​​Mar08

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01J​an21

Current

2nd

​15M​ay12 

​15​Feb23

3rd

01Aug12 

01​Feb23

Other

01​Aug12 

​15Dec20

4th

01​​Sep19

01​​Sep19

5th

0​1Apr22

Current1B


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