USCIS announced that all In-Person Services are suspended January 19th and 20th, 2021, to ensure the safety of employees and individuals with appointments. This announcement was made in response to the attacks on our Nation’s Capitol and the ongoing security threats to the U.S. government and its buildings. These closures include all in-person services […]
The U.S.Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced Thursday, January 7th, 2021, the final rule to amend H-1B regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) selects H-1B registrations for H-1B cap-subject petitions.
Under this new rule, which takes effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, USCIS will […]
On December 7th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.
The notice automatically extends through Oct. 4, 2021, the validity of […]
After the October Visa Bulletin filing surge, the November Visa Bulletin shows barely any movement in the “filing” dates and modest forward movement in the “final action” dates. USCIS has confirmed that it will honor the “filing” chart in November 2020.
Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions regarding your immigration case.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security H-1B Strengthening Rule and DOL Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rules were posted for public inspection. Both DHS and DOL have issued press releases regarding these changes.
Both the DHS and DOL regulations will be published tomorrow in the federal register publish and have a 30 […]
On October 1, 2020, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), which is housed within the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), marked as “withdrawn” both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Interim Final Regulations (“IFR”). In an unusual move, OIRA has decided to not review these regulations […]
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, in Immigrant Legal Resource Center v. Wolf, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California stayed in its entirety the implementation of the new USCIS fee rule that was to take effect Friday, October 2, 2020. This means that for the time being, USCIS cannot implement new fees or the accompanying […]
On Friday, September 25, 2020, The United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) announced that it will permanently implement the electronic issuance of PERM labor certifications (“E-cert PERMs”). In March 2020, the DOL started temporarily issuing E-cert PERMs via e-mail as opposed to U.S. mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DOL initially implemented the E-cert PERMs through June […]
On Thursday, September 24th, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released the October Visa Bulletin. The Filing Chart for Employment-Based Cases show dramatic jumps forward, especially for Indian nationals in the EB-3 category. Later in the day, USCIS announced that it will honor the filing chart as follows: