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Immigration Lawyer and Policy Wonk committed to building relationships and providing superb client services. Specialties:Employment-based immigration law - For more, read Sarah's professional profile

USCIS resumes Premium Processing in Phases

On Friday, May 29, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will resume premium processing in phases for the following two forms:

  •  Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker: Effective in Phases as detailed below, and,
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers: Effective June 1, 2020

On March 20, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of […]

By | 2020-05-29T15:11:34+00:00 May 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS resumes Premium Processing in Phases

USCIS Policy memo on International Medical Graduates with J-1 waivers

On Monday, May 11, 2020, USCIS issued a policy memo titled, “Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 National Emergency.”

This USCIS memo addresses a few of the many issues currently facing International Medical Graduates (“IMG”) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  •  In situations in which an H-1B foreign […]
By | 2020-05-13T12:08:24+00:00 May 11th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B, International Medical Graduate (IMG), J-1 waiver|Comments Off on USCIS Policy memo on International Medical Graduates with J-1 waivers

Electronic review of I-9 Compliance documents

On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced the following relaxation of I-9 document inspection protocols by permitting Employers with employees self distancing/remote working due to COVID-19 to not require review of the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence.

DHS provided this additional clarification: 

Employers must inspect […]

By | 2020-03-20T21:16:10+00:00 March 20th, 2020|Categories: Compliance|Comments Off on Electronic review of I-9 Compliance documents

USCIS and Consulates suspend services due to COVID-19

UPDATE: Late in the day Tuesday, March 18th, 2020, USCIS announced that it has has suspended all in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS confirmed that staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public, which for now, includes services provided at […]

By | 2020-03-18T10:30:17+00:00 March 17th, 2020|Categories: AOS, Travel, Visa|Comments Off on USCIS and Consulates suspend services due to COVID-19

COVID-19 U.S. Travel Restrictions for Foreign Nationals

Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:59EST, all travel to and from Europe’s Schengen Area by foreign nationals will be suspended until further notice. This is an effort by President Trump to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. United States citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their spouses and children are exempt from this restriction. […]

By | 2020-03-12T21:59:12+00:00 March 12th, 2020|Categories: Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on COVID-19 U.S. Travel Restrictions for Foreign Nationals

SPS Immigrations COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

SPS Immigration understands that clients immigration deadlines do not disappear even with current COVID-19 public health concerns. SPS Immigrations Preparedness Plan ensures that clients can continue to rely on SPS Immigration for the best legal services, without interruption.

Parts of our Preparedness Plan include:

  • Monitoring of CDC announcements regarding best practices.
  • Using Clorox wipes to ensure […]
By | 2020-03-09T15:30:25+00:00 March 9th, 2020|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on SPS Immigrations COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

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