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Trump Administration “backs away” from removing post six-year H-1B Extensions

The media reported late January 8th that the Trump Administration, admidst strong pressure from the business and technology sectors, decided to back away from its proposal to remove the ability of Foreign Nationals to extend H-1B status past the six year limit. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) confirmed that it is still conducting […]

By | 2018-01-09T11:32:27+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Trump Administration “backs away” from removing post six-year H-1B Extensions

CBP Updates Guidance on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

On January 4th, 2018, the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced that it updated its guidance on how it will conduct border searches of electronic devices. The directive defines electronic devices as “any device that may contain information in an electronic or digital form, such as computers, tablets, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones […]

By | 2018-01-08T02:46:21+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on CBP Updates Guidance on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

Fact or Fiction: Is DHS eliminating H-1B Extensions past the six year limit?

On December 30th, 2017, the media began reporting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) was working on changing H-1B laws that permit certain H-1B employees to extend their H-1B status past the six year limit, pursuant to the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (“AC21”). A change of this nature would predominantly […]

By | 2018-01-05T01:26:57+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: H-1B, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Fact or Fiction: Is DHS eliminating H-1B Extensions past the six year limit?

USCIS Issues New Guidance Restricting Use of the TN Economist Category

On Monday, December 18th, USCIS issued new guidance relating to the TN category for Economists which greatly reduce its applicability to qualifying Economist roles.

Foreign nationals working in financial analyst, market research analyst, or marketing specialist […]

By | 2017-12-20T20:11:23+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS Issues New Guidance Restricting Use of the TN Economist Category

DHS announcement on H-4 EAD & H-1B requirements

On December 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced through notice in the Federal Register its desire to make two critical regulatory changes impacting employment-based immigration. Specifically, DHS focused on the H-1B and H-4 EAD programs:

By | 2017-12-15T20:29:20+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Categories: H-1B, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on DHS announcement on H-4 EAD & H-1B requirements

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