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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]