USCIS News on December 7, 2022

USCIS News on December 7, 2022

USCIS releases “New Data on Effective Reduction of Backlogs, Support for Humanitarian Missions, and Fiscal Responsibility” today, Dec. 7, 2022, showing its substantial efforts, which have been made and will be made, to reduce the backlog and speed up case handlings. (  The release also notes that “Congress allowed nearly 6,400 EB-5 visa numbers to carry over to FY 2023” in its PDF attachment of “Fiscal Year 2022 Progress Report” on page 4 (see below).

Therefore, it can be projected that relevant petitions or applications submitted will be adjudicated much sooner than before.  



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Self-lawyering in Immigration Matters

Self-lawyering refers to individuals representing themselves in legal matters rather than hiring a lawyer. This trend is driven by consumers' lack of accessibility, transparency, and control over the legal process, along with its high cost. The rise of self-lawyering in immigration matters is being supported by state judicial systems and regulators and reinforced by the growth of technology. The limited availability of immigration lawyer information online and the lack of control that clients have in an immigration representation are also factors pushing individuals towards self-lawyering. Corporate consumers are also beginning to adopt the do-it-yourself model for immigration services by employing in-house counsel to handle routine tasks. The trend of self-lawyering is similar to the disruption seen in other industries by the growth of technology and the Internet.

H-1B Visas and Opportunities from Recent Mass Layoffs by Big Tech Companies

The recent mass layoffs by big tech companies have had a significant impact on H-1B visa petitions. With the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many tech companies have been forced to make cuts, leading to a sharp decrease in the demand for H-1B visa workers, and even new hires freeze. The decrease or freeze may open up more visa slots for non-tech workers who are seeking to work in other industries in the U.S. since each year the H-1B visa cap has been the same for years.


持续至今的乌俄战争对人们的生活产生了或多或少、不同程度的影响。2022年4月,美国公民及移民服务局(USCIS)专门为乌克兰出台了相关政策。这里仅谈一个以持有高级学位的专业人士身份申请美国职业移民(EB-2)及国家利益豁免(“National Interest Waiver,” NIW)、运用乌俄战争对石油和天然气造成的影响来证明国家重要性但不成功的案例。


美国公民及移民法(INA) § 237(2)(A)(i)及§ 212(2)(A)(i) 规定了关于道德败坏的犯罪("Crime Involving Moral Turpitude," CIMT)可能导致在美国的非公民被遣返或非公民申请入境时不被批准入境或不被批准在美国境内调整身份。被遣返需要CIMT罪名成立;如果外国人被告上诉,在上诉过程中则不能被遣返。外国人如果CIMT罪名成立,甚至承认犯下了CIMT罪名,都可能被拒绝入境或不被批准在美国境内调整身份。