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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

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

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

Premium Processing Fee increasing to $1410

In an unpublished notice today in the Federal Registrar, USCIS announced that it is increasing the Premium Processing fee 14.92% from $1225 to $1410.  This increase will likely take effect October 1, 2018, or 30 days after the notice is formally published in the Federal Registrar, which is expected to be August 31, 2018.

The […]

By | 2018-09-11T21:08:32+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Premium Processing Fee increasing to $1410

USCIS extends and expands Premium Processing Suspension

Today, August 28th, 2018, USCIS announced that it is extending and expanding its previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.  Beginning September 11, 2018, USCIS is extending the premium processing suspension through February 19, 2019, and expanding it to all H-1B Petitions except those that meet the following criteria:

  1. Cap-exempt petitions that […]
By | 2018-08-28T18:28:15+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS extends and expands Premium Processing Suspension

USCIS delays implementation of the NTA memo

Monday, July 30, 2018, USCIS announced that it is delaying implementation of its June 28th Notice to Appear memo until it has finagled and implemented operational guidance.

SPS previously wrote on this memo, and its serious impact on business immigration matters. Once USCIS finalizes operational guidance, it will announce the new implementation of […]

By | 2018-07-31T14:09:47+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on USCIS delays implementation of the NTA memo

USCIS will start issuing Notices to Appear upon denial of employment-based petitions

In a policy memorandum dated June 28th, 2018, USCIS announced a dramatic change in practice on how it will proceed with denied employment based cases. USCIS announced that it will now issue a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) in employment-based immigration cases where there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where an applicant is denied […]

By | 2018-07-31T14:10:13+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Compliance, Immigration Reform, Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS will start issuing Notices to Appear upon denial of employment-based petitions

USCIS suspends Premium Processing for FY2019 H-1B Cap

In direct contradiction to prior statements, Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, USCIS announced that it is suspending the premium processing service on all H-1B cap cases until September 10, 2018. USCIS confirmed that it will continue to honor its existing criteria to request an expedite on a case. USCIS also confirmed that non-cap cases may […]

By | 2018-03-23T11:33:10+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS suspends Premium Processing for FY2019 H-1B Cap

USCIS to create an Oversight Division

The Washington Post announced Friday, March 16, 2018, that USCIS is in the process of establishing a new internal oversight division to oversee the way adjudicators handle their cases. The Washington Post obtained this information from staffers and internal documents.

USCIS’ Organization of Professional Responsibility will have three divisions, including an Investigations Division to “manage the […]

By | 2018-03-17T03:04:26+00:00 March 17th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, Compliance|Comments Off on USCIS to create an Oversight Division

Government Shutdown Impact on Immigration

By midnight, January 20th, 2018, the U.S. Congress failed to pass a budget which effectively shut down the federal government. While certain “essential” government positions remain unaffected, such as the U.S. military, the impact on the U.S. immigration system for employers and employees is significant. What follows is a brief breakdown of the impact on […]

By | 2018-01-20T17:41:28+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action|Comments Off on Government Shutdown Impact on Immigration