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Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 / S. 386)

On September 19, 2019, the U.S. Senate held an unanimous consent vote on S. 386, the Senate version of H.R. 1044, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. The Senate bill contained several amendments to the House bill, which includes:

  • A set-aside provision for no fewer than 5,000 visas for shortage occupations, as defined in […]
By | 2019-09-19T19:04:00+00:00 September 19th, 2019|Categories: Immigration Legislation, Immigration Reform, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 / S. 386)

USCIS revises RFE and NOID policy

Through a Policy Memorandum that took effect today, September 11th, 2018, USCIS stated its revision of how and when it will issue a Request for Evidence (“RFE”) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (“NOID”) on any immigration benefit filed with USCIS. Vacating years of practice, USCIS now has given adjudicators complete discretion to […]

By | 2018-09-12T02:06:58+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Categories: Immigration Reform|Comments Off on USCIS revises RFE and NOID policy

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In an unpublished notice today in the Federal Registrar, USCIS announced that it is increasing the Premium Processing fee 14.92% from $1225 to $1410.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 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

DOS proposes requesting social media information from all visa applicants

On Friday, March 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”)  published notice in the Federal Register of its desire to modify the Form DS-160, which is a form required of all non-immigrant visa applicants seeking entry into the U.S., and the DS-260, which is a form required of all immigrant visa applicants seeking […]

By | 2018-03-30T17:23:59+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Categories: Immigration Reform, Travel|Comments Off on DOS proposes requesting social media information from all visa applicants

DHS postpones releasing proposed H-4 EAD Rule until June 2018

On February 28th, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) submitted a status report to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, stating that it is now postponing the release of proposed H-4 regulations. In response to the litigation in Save Jobs USA v. DHS, DHS initially stated that it would release proposed […]

By | 2018-03-05T01:11:14+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Categories: H-1B, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on DHS postpones releasing proposed H-4 EAD Rule until June 2018

USCIS changes its mission statement

USCIS announced Thursday, February 22nd, that it is revising its mission statement. In a move that has many questioning the future impact of this change, USCIS changed its existing mission statement which read:

USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration […]

By | 2018-02-24T18:18:12+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Immigration Reform|Comments Off on USCIS changes its mission statement

Trump Administration “backs away” from removing post six-year H-1B Extensions

The media reported late January 8th that the Trump Administration, admidst strong pressure from the business and technology sectors, decided to back away from its proposal to remove the ability of Foreign Nationals to extend H-1B status past the six year limit. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) confirmed that it is still conducting […]

By | 2018-01-09T11:32:27+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Trump Administration “backs away” from removing post six-year H-1B Extensions

Fact or Fiction: Is DHS eliminating H-1B Extensions past the six year limit?

On December 30th, 2017, the media began reporting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) was working on changing H-1B laws that permit certain H-1B employees to extend their H-1B status past the six year limit, pursuant to the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (“AC21”). A change of this nature would predominantly […]

By | 2018-01-05T01:26:57+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: H-1B, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Fact or Fiction: Is DHS eliminating H-1B Extensions past the six year limit?