Wednesday, October 30, 2019, USCIS announced that it will be increasing the Premium Processing fee, effective December 2, 2019, from $1410 to $1440. The Premium Processing fee can be used to shorten the overall processing time at USCIS on certain types of Petitions, including the I-129 Petition (H-1B, O-1, L-1, TN) and certain […]
Friday, October 11, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York temporarily enjoined the implementation of USCIS’ Public Charge Regulation. This ruling prevents USCIS from implementing or requiring the use of any new forms that require responses to the information required by the Public Charge regulations. USCIS has not yet […]
On September 19, 2019, the U.S. Senate held an unanimous consent vote on S. 386, the Senate version of H.R. 1044, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. The Senate bill contained several amendments to the House bill, which includes:
- A set-aside provision for no fewer than 5,000 visas for shortage occupations, as defined in […]
On September 3, 2019, USCIS announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require US Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS for the H-1B cap selection process. This is just a proposal, and USCIS will accept comments from stakeholders through October […]
Attorney Sarah Peterson was included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which is regarded as a definitive guide to leading attorneys in the United States. Sarah has built her career providing informed and personalized employment-based immigration services to employers and employees, including physicians, individuals of extraordinary abilities, individuals working in the U.S. […]
Attorney Sarah Peterson was quoted in Bloomberg discussing the new Labor Condition Application (LCA) secondary entity disclosure requirements. If you have questions on how this new disclosure information may be used, or how to use the H-1B program, please contact SPS Immigration.
On Friday, June 7th, USCIS announced that starting Monday, June 10, it will begin premium processing services for all FY 2020 H-1B cap subject petitions. This means that individuals who were previously not eligible to file using premium processing are now eligible to convert their case to the premium service.
USCIS also announced that it will […]
The Department of State (“DOS”) recently added a question to the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160 and Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-260, asking applicants to disclose the social media platforms that they have used in the last five years preceding their visa application. An affirmative response to having used one of these social media platforms […]
On May 5th, 2019, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina enjoined “in all applications,” the USCIS memo titled “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) on August 9, 2018, as well as the memorandum with […]
CBP announced that, beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will now be alphanumeric. The I-94 card governs the terms of legal status in the U.S., so is a critical piece of any individuals immigration journey in the U.S.
I-94 numbers are 11 digits long and have historically only contain numbers. Starting in May 2019, CBP […]