Yearly Archives: 2017

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U.S. State Department Integrates “Buy American and Hire American” into FAM

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) directly reflecting the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (“EO”) 13788 that was signed by President Trump in April 2017. The FAM is the authoritative source containing policies and procedures to guide DOS consular officers to effectively carry out […]

By | 2017-08-24T19:15:05+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Executive Order, F-1, H-1B, L-1, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. State Department Integrates “Buy American and Hire American” into FAM

USCIS is denying Advance Parole due to international travel before approval

Recently, USCIS has been inconsistently denying Advance Parole requests in instances when the applicant leaves the U.S. before USCIS approves the Advance Parole document. If USCIS denies the request, applicants can refile to USCIS the request for Advance Parole. If you have questions about how this policy will impact your situation, please contact SPS Immigration.

By | 2017-08-23T16:38:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on USCIS is denying Advance Parole due to international travel before approval

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitioners

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, effective immediately. USCIS confirmed that starting today, July 24th, 2017, it will resume premium processing for the following H-1B petitioners:

  • Institutions of higher education;
  • Nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education;
  • Nonprofit research or governmental […]
By | 2017-07-24T15:46:00+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitioners

Department of Homeland Security Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it is delaying the effective date of a regulation finalized under the Obama administration that would provide new avenues for foreign national entrepreneurs to come to the United States to start and grow new businesses.  The rule was to become effective on July 17, 2017, […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action|Comments Off on Department of Homeland Security Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule

DHS and DOS issue guidance on the Travel Ban

On Monday, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban. The Supreme Court also allowed certain parts of the entry ban to go into effect, which will be implemented starting Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 8pm EDT.

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released guidance, a background […]

By | 2017-06-29T23:25:13+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on DHS and DOS issue guidance on the Travel Ban

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review and Allows Parts of the Entry Ban to Take Effect

This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision granting review of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban against nationals from six Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court will hear the decision in its first session of the next term next October (Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, case number 16-1436).

The Supreme Court also allowed certain […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review and Allows Parts of the Entry Ban to Take Effect

9th Circuit Upholds injunction on President Trumps Travel Ban

Monday, June 12th, 2017, the 9th Circuit became the second court to uphold an injunction on President Trump’s Travel Ban. This ruling affirmed a March decision from Judge Watson of the Federal District Court in Hawaii. Previously, the Fourth Circuit also upheld an injunction, a decision which prompted the administration to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

By | 2017-06-12T17:48:36+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on 9th Circuit Upholds injunction on President Trumps Travel Ban

DOL Announces Actions to Increase U.S. Worker Protections & Confront Visa Fraud

On June 6, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the DOL will be actively pursuing actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and abuse. DOL efforts will […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Compliance|Comments Off on DOL Announces Actions to Increase U.S. Worker Protections & Confront Visa Fraud

Bloomberg discusses with Attorney Sarah Peterson Sen. Ron Johnson’s bill to create a State Sponsored Visa Program

In a May 12th article, Bloomberg discusses with Attorney Sarah Peterson Senator Ron Johnson’s bill to create a State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program (S.1040). The article is titled The Feds Had Their Turn. Time for State-Based Visas?

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Immigration Legislation, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Bloomberg discusses with Attorney Sarah Peterson Sen. Ron Johnson’s bill to create a State Sponsored Visa Program

Department of State Announces desired new Visa Interview Questions

Today, May 4th, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released a list of new questions it seeks to ask all applicants in visa interviews. DOS is asking the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for emergency review and approval of its ability to incorporate these questions into all visa interviews moving forward. This list is […]

By | 2017-10-07T13:20:34+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on Department of State Announces desired new Visa Interview Questions