UPDATE: Late in the day Tuesday, March 18th, 2020, USCIS announced that it has has suspended all in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS confirmed that staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public, which for now, includes services provided at […]
Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:59EST, all travel to and from Europe’s Schengen Area by foreign nationals will be suspended until further notice. This is an effort by President Trump to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. United States citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their spouses and children are exempt from this restriction. […]
SPS Immigration understands that clients immigration deadlines do not disappear even with current COVID-19 public health concerns. SPS Immigrations Preparedness Plan ensures that clients can continue to rely on SPS Immigration for the best legal services, without interruption.
Parts of our Preparedness Plan include:
- Monitoring of CDC announcements regarding best practices.
- Using Clorox wipes to ensure […]
On January 31, 2020 President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation expanding Travel Ban 3.0 to include certain foreign nationals of the following six countries: Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The ban on these additional countries becomes effective February 21, 2020.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, […]
The Department of State (“DOS”) recently added a question to the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160 and Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-260, asking applicants to disclose the social media platforms that they have used in the last five years preceding their visa application. An affirmative response to having used one of these social media platforms […]
CBP announced that, beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will now be alphanumeric. The I-94 card governs the terms of legal status in the U.S., so is a critical piece of any individuals immigration journey in the U.S.
I-94 numbers are 11 digits long and have historically only contain numbers. Starting in May 2019, CBP […]
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 […]
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 […]
In a 5-4 ruling on June 26th, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the court found that:
- Indefinitely banning people from particular countries was a lawful use of the president’s power under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the executive branch […]
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 […]