USCIS announced on July 25, 2022 that USCIS would extend certain filing deadlines to allow applicants to cope with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. If a USCIS request or notice was sent between March 1, 2020, and October 23, 2022, USCIS will accept a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date stated in those requests or notices before taking any action.
USCIS recently announced a new policy regarding applications for change of status to F-1 status. The new policy eliminates the need for a person who has applied for a change of status to F-1 status to continuously apply to extend his or her nonimmigrant status while the application is pending.
A recent statement by the Biden-Harris Administration outlines future steps federal agencies will or should take in the coming years to implement President Biden’s immigration plan. Although some of these steps can be implemented immediately, others will require approval by Congress.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), introduced H.R. 4681, also called the “Let Immigrants Kickstart Employment (LIKE) Act.” The bill encourages immigrants to establish and develop startup companies in the U.S. to spur economic growth, create jobs for Americans, and enhance the country’s competitive advantage.