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Temporary Restraining Order on Travel Ban 3.0

In a decision issued Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a Federal District Court Judge granted a nation-wide Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s latest Executive Order (“EO”), set to take effect Wednesday, October 18th, that some call the Travel Ban version 3.0.

The latest EO imposed varying restrictions on eight countries, most of which are majority […]

By | 2017-10-18T11:37:00+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on Temporary Restraining Order on Travel Ban 3.0

USCIS reinstates Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced October 3, 2017 that it is resuming premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. This means that employers may convert all pending H-1B petitions to the expedited review process by paying an extra $1,225 for each petition and filing the required form. Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions on how this […]

By | 2017-10-03T16:03:26+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS reinstates Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

A Presidential Proclamation, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats,” issued late Sunday, September 24, 2017, the White House announced its intent to expand the restriction of entry into the U.S. to eight (8) countries, to take effect October 18th, 2017. The […]

By | 2017-10-09T15:31:07+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

USCIS resumes premium processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

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 […]

By | 2017-09-19T02:46:03+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS resumes premium processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

President Trump Rescinds DACA

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 […]

By | 2017-09-05T16:56:55+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on President Trump Rescinds DACA

Federal District Court temporarily stops implementation of SB4

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 […]

By | 2017-08-31T02:53:47+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Court Decision|Comments Off on Federal District Court temporarily stops implementation of SB4

U.S. Mission Russia Will Resume Nonimmigrant Visa Operations September 1, 2017

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 […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Mission Russia Will Resume Nonimmigrant Visa Operations September 1, 2017

In-person Interview again required for employment-based applications for permanent residence

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 […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Categories: AOS, Executive Order, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on In-person Interview again required for employment-based applications for permanent residence

U.S. State Department Integrates “Buy American and Hire American” into FAM

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 […]

By | 2017-08-24T19:15:05+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Executive Order, F-1, H-1B, L-1, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. State Department Integrates “Buy American and Hire American” into FAM

USCIS is denying Advance Parole due to international travel before approval

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.

By | 2017-08-23T16:38:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on USCIS is denying Advance Parole due to international travel before approval