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DS-160 & DS-260 Require Social Media Disclosures

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 […]

By | 2019-06-05T16:48:08+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Travel, Visa|Comments Off on DS-160 & DS-260 Require Social Media Disclosures

New I-94 number alphanumeric format

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 […]

By | 2019-05-22T10:42:50+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on New I-94 number alphanumeric format

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

U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Travel Ban

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:

  1. 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 […]
By | 2018-06-26T14:37:10+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Travel Ban

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

CBP Updates Guidance on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

On January 4th, 2018, the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced that it updated its guidance on how it will conduct border searches of electronic devices. The directive defines electronic devices as “any device that may contain information in an electronic or digital form, such as computers, tablets, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones […]

By | 2018-01-08T02:46:21+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on CBP Updates Guidance on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

USCIS Issues New Guidance Restricting Use of the TN Economist Category

On Monday, December 18th, USCIS issued new guidance relating to the TN category for Economists which greatly reduce its applicability to qualifying Economist roles.

Foreign nationals working in financial analyst, market research analyst, or marketing specialist […]

By | 2017-12-20T20:11:23+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS Issues New Guidance Restricting Use of the TN Economist Category

Temporary Restraining Order on Travel Ban 3.0

In a decision issued Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a Federal District Court Judge granted a nation-wide Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s latest Executive Order (“EO”), set to take effect Wednesday, October 18th, that some call the Travel Ban version 3.0.

The latest EO imposed varying restrictions on eight countries, most of which are majority […]

By | 2017-10-18T11:37:00+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on Temporary Restraining Order on Travel Ban 3.0

U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

A Presidential Proclamation, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats,” issued late Sunday, September 24, 2017, the White House announced its intent to expand the restriction of entry into the U.S. to eight (8) countries, to take effect October 18th, 2017. The […]

By | 2017-10-09T15:31:07+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017