SNOHOMISH WASHINGTON NEWSPAPER Saturday, September 19, 2020   
Snohomish Times News
Home | Business News | County News | Entertainment | Local News | Photo Gallery | Prep Sports | Roads Traffic News | Snohomish News Archive | STSPN.COM

USCIS Provides Greater Flexibility

Harvey Field
Published:2020-06-19 National
USCIS Provides Greater Flexibility    Print Snohomish Times    
USCIS Provides Greater Flexibility

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a regulatory change to provide greater flexibility in the processing of initial employment authorization documents (commonly called EADs) for asylum applicants by removing the burdensome and agency-imposed 30-day time frame. The final rule becomes effective on Aug. 21.
This change provides USCIS sufficient time to receive, screen and process applications and to address national security and fraud concerns, maintain technological advances in identity verification and further deter those who may attempt to defraud the legal immigration system. It also gives the agency flexibility to shift limited adjudicator resources as needed. In the past, the agency has been forced to divert resources away from other types of benefit requests to meet the 30-day time frame.


The 30-day time frame was implemented by regulation more than 20 years ago. Since then, filings of asylum applications have spiked and USCIS has developed additional critical background screening and vetting procedures to reduce fraud and identify threats to national security and public safety.


“Removing this self-imposed internal processing time frame gives USCIS the operational flexibility to conduct the kind of systematic vetting and identity verification procedures the public expects from an agency charged with protecting national security,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “A key priority for USCIS is to safeguard the integrity of our nation’s legal immigration system from those who seek to exploit or abuse it. This change will reduce opportunities for fraud and protect the security-related processes we undertake for each employment authorization application, thereby increasing the integrity of immigration benefits.”


The rule also removes the requirement that asylum applicants submit their work authorization renewal requests to USCIS 90 days before the expiration of their current employment authorization. This change reduces confusion and clarifies that asylum applicants can file their renewal work authorization applications up to 180 days before the expiration date, minimizing potential gaps in employment authorization.


For more information, read the final rule published in the Federal Register on June 22.
For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis) and LinkedIn (/uscis).




Published: Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Lane, traffic signals added on SR 524 at Yew Way Lane, traffic signals added on SR 524 at Yew Way
New traffic signals will turn on at the Yew Way-Maltby Road intersection on State Route 524, just west of SR 522 near Woodinville, early Wednesday, Sept. 9.


Published: Sunday, September 06, 2020
Arrests made in Everett homicide Arrests made in Everett homicide
Since the homicide on August 31st, detectives have investigated the shooting death of a male inside a vehicle at Langus Riverfront Park (411 Smith Island Rd).


Published: Thursday, September 03, 2020
Changes proposed for crude oil movement reporting requirements Changes proposed for crude oil movement reporting requirements
Knowing when, where and what kind of oil is transported across Washington state is critically important to first responders when a spill happens.


Published: Thursday, September 03, 2020
Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend
People who plan to travel on a state ferry over the Labor Day weekend should check sailing schedules and plan for long waits if driving a vehicle aboard.


Published: Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Giving on wheels Giving on wheels
Giving on wheels: Amidst pandemic, Snohomish County Food Drive gathers donations and hope


Rairdons Monroe Dodge

Snohomish Sports Network

Advertisement

Live Police Scanner

Snohomish County Sheriff, City of Snohomish,
Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Everett - Police & EMS/Fire


Advertisement

mondotimes
The Worldwide Media Guide

 


SNOHOMISH contact