USCIS Policy Revisions from January 2023


In January 2023, USCIS revealed modifications to its current policies that could impact employment authorization for certain visa holders.

To ensure you are informed of all the updates and prepared with necessary legal advice and services, read below and consult a knowledgeable immigration lawyer.

USCIS Extends Green Cards for Conditional Permanent Residents

If you have a pending Form I-751 or Form I-829, USCIS may extend your Green Card’s validity for up to 48 months. This extension comes as the result of a backlog of Form I-751 or Form I-829 processing times.

It’s important not to assume you qualify for this extension. Consult with an attorney to learn more about how this policy change may affect you and what you can do to protect your lawful permanent residence in the U.S.

USCIS Will Bundle Work Authorization Processing for H-1B & L-1 Visa Spouses Again

On January 25th, 2023, the plaintiffs in Edakunni v. Mayorkas reached a settlement with USCIS, which agreed to reverse Trump Administration policies that impeded work authorization approvals for spouses of H-1B and L-1 visa holders.

Instead, an Obama-era process will be reinstated to bundle the processing of I-129s with I-539s and I-765s (for H4 and L2 derivatives) upon submission of forms together. This is expected to reduce processing times from 24 months to four months or sooner.

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