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USCIS to release revised Form I-539 March 11, 2019

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 […]

By | 2019-02-13T15:23:39+00:00 February 11th, 2019|Categories: Administrative Change|Comments Off on USCIS to release revised Form I-539 March 11, 2019

USCIS Finalizes H-1B Preregistration Regulation & Defers Preregistration Implementation

An advance copy of the finalized H-1B preregistration rule is now available, and confirms that USCIS will defer online H-1B cap registration to the FY 2021 H-1B cap filing season, which begins April 1, 2020.  This means that H-1B cap cases filed in April 2019 will be filed using the same process as […]

By | 2019-01-30T17:39:17+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Finalizes H-1B Preregistration Regulation & Defers Preregistration Implementation

H-1B Cap Registration Rule at OMB

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 […]

By | 2019-01-14T17:33:10+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Categories: H-1B, Uncategorized|Comments Off on H-1B Cap Registration Rule at OMB

Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration

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 […]
By | 2019-01-14T17:42:54+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration

USCIS changes Form I-131 instructions regarding Advance Parole denials from international travel

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 […]

By | 2018-12-17T17:33:56+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS changes Form I-131 instructions regarding Advance Parole denials from international travel

DHS released an advance copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation

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 […]

By | 2018-11-30T17:00:17+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on DHS released an advance copy of the H-1B Cap pre-registration regulation

USCIS will quit denying Advance Parole applications due to international travel

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 […]

By | 2018-11-19T21:27:05+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS will quit denying Advance Parole applications due to international travel

High Stakes for High-Skilled Immigrants

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

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Kevin Miner
Sarah K. Peterson

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44 Mitchell Hamline Law Review 970 (2018)

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By | 2018-11-19T17:32:31+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Comments Off on High Stakes for High-Skilled Immigrants

DOL implements new LCA Form Monday, 11/19/18

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 […]

By | 2018-11-12T20:01:51+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on DOL implements new LCA Form Monday, 11/19/18

USCIS Medical Exams valid for 2 years, beginning 11/01/18

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 […]

By | 2018-10-16T14:45:18+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on USCIS Medical Exams valid for 2 years, beginning 11/01/18