Yearly Archives: 2018

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USCIS changes Form I-131 instructions regarding Advance Parole denials from international travel

On November 19th, 2018 SPS Immigration posted on how USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna stated that USCIS would cease denying Advance Parole applications when a foreign national travels internationally. Director Cissna stated that USCIS would notify the public when it implemented this change.

USCIS recently updated the form instructions to Form I-131, confirming this policy shift back […]

By | 2018-12-17T17:33:56+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS changes Form I-131 instructions regarding Advance Parole denials from international travel

DHS released an advance copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation

The Department of Homeland Security released, on November 30, 2018, an advance copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation. Once the notice is published there will be a 30 day comment period, so it still remains uncertain whether there will be a pre-registration for the FY 2020 H-1B Filing process.

SPS Immigration will shortly post a […]

By | 2018-11-30T17:00:17+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on DHS released an advance copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation

USCIS will quit denying Advance Parole applications due to international travel

During the USCIS Ombudsman Annual Conference on November 16, 2018, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna confirmed that USCIS will end its recently-adopted practice of denying pending Advance Parole applications (Form I-131) when an applicant travels abroad during the time the Advance Parole is pending at USCIS. USCIS had previously, for years, adjudicated Advance Parole documents […]

By | 2018-11-19T21:27:05+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS will quit denying Advance Parole applications due to international travel

High Stakes for High-Skilled Immigrants

High Stakes for High-Skilled Immigrants: An Analysis of Changes Made to High-Skilled Immigration Policy in the First Year of the Trump Administration in Comparison to Changes Made During the First Year of Previous Presidential Administrations

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Kevin Miner
Sarah K. Peterson

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44 Mitchell Hamline Law Review 970 (2018)

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By | 2018-11-19T17:32:31+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Comments Off on High Stakes for High-Skilled Immigrants

DOL implements new LCA Form Monday, 11/19/18

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (“OFLC”) announced that it will implement the newly revised version of ETA Form 9035, or the Labor Condition Application (“LCA”),  November 19, 2018. Starting Monday, November 19th, the new version is mandatory and petitioners will no longer be able to file LCAs using the prior […]

By | 2018-11-12T20:01:51+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on DOL implements new LCA Form Monday, 11/19/18

USCIS Medical Exams valid for 2 years, beginning 11/01/18

USCIS announced Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, that it is updating its policy manual to extend the validity date of Medical Exams (Form I-693) from one year to two years. This change begins November 1, 2018. It is important to note that medical exams will be valid for a two-year period following the date the civil […]

By | 2018-10-16T14:45:18+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on USCIS Medical Exams valid for 2 years, beginning 11/01/18

USCIS Honors “Filing” dates for both EB and FB Petitions in October 2018

USCIS announced Friday, September 14th, 2018, that in October 2018 it will accept employment-based and family-based I-485 adjustment of status applications (Form I-485) from foreign nationals with a priority date that is current for “Filing” under the State Department’s […]

By | 2018-09-16T19:42:16+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Categories: AOS, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS Honors “Filing” dates for both EB and FB Petitions in October 2018

USCIS revises RFE and NOID policy

Through a Policy Memorandum that took effect today, September 11th, 2018, USCIS stated its revision of how and when it will issue a Request for Evidence (“RFE”) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (“NOID”) on any immigration benefit filed with USCIS. Vacating years of practice, USCIS now has given adjudicators complete discretion to […]

By | 2018-09-12T02:06:58+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Categories: Immigration Reform|Comments Off on USCIS revises RFE and NOID policy

Premium Processing Fee increasing to $1410

In an unpublished notice today in the Federal Registrar, USCIS announced that it is increasing the Premium Processing fee 14.92% from $1225 to $1410.  This increase will likely take effect October 1, 2018, or 30 days after the notice is formally published in the Federal Registrar, which is expected to be August 31, 2018.

The […]

By | 2018-09-11T21:08:32+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Premium Processing Fee increasing to $1410

USCIS extends and expands Premium Processing Suspension

Today, August 28th, 2018, USCIS announced that it is extending and expanding its previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.  Beginning September 11, 2018, USCIS is extending the premium processing suspension through February 19, 2019, and expanding it to all H-1B Petitions except those that meet the following criteria:

  1. Cap-exempt petitions that […]
By | 2018-08-28T18:28:15+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS extends and expands Premium Processing Suspension