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Travel ban 3.0 extended to six additional countries, effective 2/21/20

On January 31, 2020 President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation expanding Travel Ban 3.0 to include certain foreign nationals of the following six countries: Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The ban on these additional countries becomes effective February 21, 2020.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, […]

By | 2020-02-03T20:06:40+00:00 February 1st, 2020|Categories: Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on Travel ban 3.0 extended to six additional countries, effective 2/21/20

Public Charge regulations become effective February 24, 2020

Based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday, January 27th, 2020 lifting a nation-wide injunction, USCIS announced that it will now be implementing a new “public charge” rule, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. Essentially, USCIS will be asking additional questions […]

By | 2020-02-03T20:07:09+00:00 January 30th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, Court Decision|Comments Off on Public Charge regulations become effective February 24, 2020

H-1B Cap lottery for FY 2021: Prepare now!

At the beginning of each new year, employers inevitably start preparing for the annual H-1B Cap lottery system. This year, USCIS is changing the way it is running the H-1B Cap lottery by implementing a pre-registration process and charging $10 for each H-1B registration. It is also moving up the date to register any desired […]

By | 2020-01-04T20:44:05+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on H-1B Cap lottery for FY 2021: Prepare now!

USCIS Premium Processing Fee increases December 2, 2019

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 […]

By | 2019-10-31T15:07:28+00:00 October 30th, 2019|Categories: USCIS Filing Fees|Comments Off on USCIS Premium Processing Fee increases December 2, 2019

Court grants Preliminary Injunction on Public Charge regulation

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 […]

By | 2019-10-11T20:34:54+00:00 October 11th, 2019|Categories: AOS, Court Decision|Comments Off on Court grants Preliminary Injunction on Public Charge regulation

Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 / S. 386)

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 […]
By | 2019-09-19T19:04:00+00:00 September 19th, 2019|Categories: Immigration Legislation, Immigration Reform, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 / S. 386)

USCIS announced proposed $10 fee for H-1B Cap registration

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 […]

By | 2019-09-04T10:19:40+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS announced proposed $10 fee for H-1B Cap registration

Sarah Peterson was included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America

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. […]

By | 2019-08-16T10:59:25+00:00 August 15th, 2019|Categories: Recognitions|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson was included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Sarah Peterson was quoted in Bloomberg on the new LCA disclosure requirements

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.

By | 2019-08-16T11:23:23+00:00 August 6th, 2019|Categories: Compliance, H-1B, Media|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson was quoted in Bloomberg on the new LCA disclosure requirements

USCIS will resume Premium Processing June 10th for all FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases

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 […]

By | 2019-06-07T20:03:22+00:00 June 7th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS will resume Premium Processing June 10th for all FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases