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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]