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F/M/J memo implementation is enjoined, in “all applications”

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 […]

By | 2019-05-03T20:40:52+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|Categories: F-1|Comments Off on F/M/J memo implementation is enjoined, in “all applications”

New I-94 number alphanumeric format

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 […]

By | 2019-05-22T10:42:50+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on New I-94 number alphanumeric format

FY 2020 H-1B Cap Receipt Notices are arriving

On April 1, 2019, USCIS opened the Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2020 H-1B Cap. The cap was open for the mandatory five business days, at which time on April 5th, 2019, USCIS confirmed that it had received 201,011 Petitions for the:

– 65,000 available regular H-1Bs
– 20,000 available U.S. advanced degree H-1Bs

On April 10, USCIS conducted […]

By | 2019-04-23T15:30:21+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on FY 2020 H-1B Cap Receipt Notices are arriving

USCIS resumes premium processing for all H-1B Petitions

On Monday, March 11, 2019, at 5pm, USCIS announced that starting Tuesday, March 12, 2019, it will resume premium processing for all H-1B Petitions. Currently, this announcement includes all FY 2020 H-1B Cap Petitions.

If you have questions on how this impacts your immigration case, please contact SPS Immigration.

By | 2019-03-12T15:17:33+00:00 March 11th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS resumes premium processing for all H-1B Petitions

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before 12/21/18

Friday, February 15th, USCIS announced that starting on Tuesday, February 19th it will resume premium processing for cases filed on or before December 12, 2018. For cases that have been transferred to a different USCIS service center after filing, the premium processing request must go to the USCIS service center where this case is […]

By | 2019-02-15T21:37:07+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before 12/21/18

USCIS to release revised Form I-539 March 11, 2019

USCIS announced Monday, February 11, 2019 that it has revised Form I-539 and will be both releasing it and requiring it’s use starting March 11, 2019. This means that USCIS will reject any form I-539 filed March 11, 2019 or later that is not the latest version. Form I-539 is used by individuals seeking […]

By | 2019-02-13T15:23:39+00:00 February 11th, 2019|Categories: Administrative Change|Comments Off on USCIS to release revised Form I-539 March 11, 2019

USCIS Finalizes H-1B Preregistration Regulation & Defers Preregistration Implementation

An advance copy of the finalized H-1B preregistration rule is now available, and confirms that USCIS will defer online H-1B cap registration to the FY 2021 H-1B cap filing season, which begins April 1, 2020.  This means that H-1B cap cases filed in April 2019 will be filed using the same process as […]

By | 2019-01-30T17:39:17+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Finalizes H-1B Preregistration Regulation & Defers Preregistration Implementation

H-1B Cap Registration Rule at OMB

In November 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released an advanced copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation. SPS Immigration discussed it here.

This proposed H-1B cap Registration regulation is now at the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) undergoing final regulatory review. If this regulation clears OMB, and contains the same contents […]

By | 2019-01-14T17:33:10+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Categories: H-1B, Uncategorized|Comments Off on H-1B Cap Registration Rule at OMB

Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration

The U.S. Federal Government has now been shut down longer than any time in history. This post reviews the impact this shutdown has on U.S. immigration processes:

  • DOL: Is not impacted by this government shutdown because President Trump signed a minibus appropriations bill funding DOL through the end of September 30, 2019. This […]
By | 2019-01-14T17:42:54+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration

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