USCIS Updates and News – January 16, 2020

USCIS Updates and News – January 16, 2020

| Jan 22, 2020 | Immigration, News

USCIS Policy Manual Update

USCIS has recently issued new
policy guidance
regarding eligibility requirements, filing, and
adjudication of requests to replace Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) using Form
I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

Highlights of this new policy include:

  • Eligibility requirements for replacing a PRC are
    reaffirmed in this new policy guidance.
  • Clarifies that I-551 stamps issued for temporary
    proof of lawful permanent resident (LPR) status may only be placed on an
    Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94) (with photo) or in a valid/unexpired
    passport.
  • Provides guidance for LPRs seeking commuter
    status and for those in commuter status seeking to take up residence in the
    United States.

The public has until January 30, 2020 to provide comments
through the standard comment process.

USCIS Final Fiscal Year 2019 Statistics Available

USCIS has released its various fiscal year (FY) 2019
statistics online.
These statistics provide data regarding USCIS’ operations during the last
fiscal year, including data on naturalizations, green cards, employment
authorizations, protected populations, and many more.

Highlights from USCIS’ FY 2019 data include:

  • 834,000 new citizens were naturalized during FY
    2019, representing the largest number of naturalizations over the past 11
    years.
  • 577,000 individuals were granted lawful permanent
    residence in the U.S. in FY 2019.
  • The number of pending green card applications
    were reduced by 14% and naturalization applications were reduced by 12%.
  • 2,200,000 employment authorization applications
    were reviewed.
  • More than 500,000 non-immigrant worker petitions
    were approved.
  • 40,000,000 cases were processed
    through E-Verify.
  • 25,000 individuals were granted immigration
    relief. This included individuals who are victims of trafficking, crime, and
    Violence Against Women Act recipients.