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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

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitioners

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 […]
By | 2017-07-24T15:46:00+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitioners

Department of Homeland Security Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule

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, […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action|Comments Off on Department of Homeland Security Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule

DHS and DOS issue guidance on the Travel Ban

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.

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released guidance, a background […]

By | 2017-06-29T23:25:13+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on DHS and DOS issue guidance on the Travel Ban