USCIS announced Monday, February 11, 2019 that it has revised Form I-539 and will be both releasing it and requiring it’s use starting March 11, 2019. This means that USCIS will reject any form I-539 filed March 11, 2019 or later that is not the latest version. Form I-539 is used by individuals seeking […]
In November 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released an advanced copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation. SPS Immigration discussed it here.
This proposed H-1B cap Registration regulation is now at the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) undergoing final regulatory review. If this regulation clears OMB, and contains the same contents […]
The U.S. Federal Government has now been shut down longer than any time in history. This post reviews the impact this shutdown has on U.S. immigration processes:
- DOL: Is not impacted by this government shutdown because President Trump signed a minibus appropriations bill funding DOL through the end of September 30, 2019. This […]
On November 19th, 2018 SPS Immigration posted on how USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna stated that USCIS would cease denying Advance Parole applications when a foreign national travels internationally. Director Cissna stated that USCIS would notify the public when it implemented this change.
USCIS recently updated the form instructions to Form I-131, confirming this policy shift back […]
The Department of Homeland Security released, on November 30, 2018, an advance copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation. Once the notice is published there will be a 30 day comment period, so it still remains uncertain whether there will be a pre-registration for the FY 2020 H-1B Filing process.
SPS Immigration will shortly post a […]
During the USCIS Ombudsman Annual Conference on November 16, 2018, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna confirmed that USCIS will end its recently-adopted practice of denying pending Advance Parole applications (Form I-131) when an applicant travels abroad during the time the Advance Parole is pending at USCIS. USCIS had previously, for years, adjudicated Advance Parole documents […]
High Stakes for High-Skilled Immigrants: An Analysis of Changes Made to High-Skilled Immigration Policy in the First Year of the Trump Administration in Comparison to Changes Made During the First Year of Previous Presidential Administrations
Sarah K. Peterson
44 Mitchell Hamline Law Review 970 (2018)
Miner, Kevin and Peterson, […]
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (“OFLC”) announced that it will implement the newly revised version of ETA Form 9035, or the Labor Condition Application (“LCA”), November 19, 2018. Starting Monday, November 19th, the new version is mandatory and petitioners will no longer be able to file LCAs using the prior […]
USCIS announced Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, that it is updating its policy manual to extend the validity date of Medical Exams (Form I-693) from one year to two years. This change begins November 1, 2018. It is important to note that medical exams will be valid for a two-year period following the date the civil […]