Recent policy update from USCIS in January 2020

USCIS Updates and News – January 16, 2020

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.