Monday, September 18th, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) resumed premium processing for all H-1B Petitions that were selected in the 2018 Cap. This means that H-1B cap petitions may now convert a pending petition to the expedited review process by paying an extra $1,225 for each petition. This recent development adds H-1B […]
In a much expected announcement, Tuesday morning, September 5th, Attorney General (“AG”) Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or, DACA. AG Sessions announced that DACA recipients whose EAD expires before March 2, 2018 will be allowed to apply for a two-year renewal, if submitted by October […]
A Federal District Court in Texas granted the request for a preliminary injunction on Texas Senate Bill 4 (“SB4”), which means the law will not take effect September 1, 2017. SB4 is a ban on Sanctuary Cities and also uses local and state law enforcement to question the immigration status of residents, among other provisions. The […]
On August 23, 2017, nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations were suspended throughout Russia for eight days. Starting September 1, NIV operations will resume “on a greatly reduced scale” and applicant interviews will be conducted solely at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. NIV interviews at the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok are “suspended […]
Officials announced Friday that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) will begin requiring in-person interviews for all employment-based applicants seeking permanent resident status, or, a green card. This announcement is a continuation of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” initiative, and is to take effect starting October 1, 2017.
In-person interviews are a part of the […]
The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) directly reflecting the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (“EO”) 13788 that was signed by President Trump in April 2017. The FAM is the authoritative source containing policies and procedures to guide DOS consular officers to effectively carry out […]
Recently, USCIS has been inconsistently denying Advance Parole requests in instances when the applicant leaves the U.S. before USCIS approves the Advance Parole document. If USCIS denies the request, applicants can refile to USCIS the request for Advance Parole. If you have questions about how this policy will impact your situation, please contact SPS Immigration.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, effective immediately. USCIS confirmed that starting today, July 24th, 2017, it will resume premium processing for the following H-1B petitioners:
- Institutions of higher education;
- Nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education;
- Nonprofit research or governmental […]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it is delaying the effective date of a regulation finalized under the Obama administration that would provide new avenues for foreign national entrepreneurs to come to the United States to start and grow new businesses. The rule was to become effective on July 17, 2017, […]
On Monday, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban. The Supreme Court also allowed certain parts of the entry ban to go into effect, which will be implemented starting Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 8pm EDT.