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All USCIS appointments cancelled for 1/19/21 and 1/20/21

USCIS announced that all In-Person Services are suspended January 19th and 20th, 2021, to ensure the safety of employees and individuals with appointments. This announcement was made in response to the attacks on our Nation’s Capitol and the ongoing security threats to the U.S. government and its buildings. These closures include all in-person services […]

By | 2021-01-18T22:28:32+00:00 January 15th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on All USCIS appointments cancelled for 1/19/21 and 1/20/21

TPS extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, & Sudan through 10/4/21

On December 7th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

The notice automatically extends through Oct. 4, 2021, the validity of […]

By | 2020-12-08T12:35:03+00:00 December 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on TPS extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, & Sudan through 10/4/21

USCIS resumes Premium Processing in Phases

On Friday, May 29, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will resume premium processing in phases for the following two forms:

  •  Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker: Effective in Phases as detailed below, and,
  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers: Effective June 1, 2020

On March 20, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of […]

By | 2020-05-29T15:11:34+00:00 May 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS resumes Premium Processing in Phases

FY 2020 H-1B Cap Receipt Notices are arriving

On April 1, 2019, USCIS opened the Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2020 H-1B Cap. The cap was open for the mandatory five business days, at which time on April 5th, 2019, USCIS confirmed that it had received 201,011 Petitions for the:

– 65,000 available regular H-1Bs
– 20,000 available U.S. advanced degree H-1Bs

On April 10, USCIS conducted […]

By | 2019-04-23T15:30:21+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on FY 2020 H-1B Cap Receipt Notices are arriving

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 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 completed data entry for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS announced Tuesday, May 15, that it has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions. USCIS will now begin returning H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected to the Attorney of Record. USCIS did not state the timeline that Petitioners can expect to receive unselected petitions.

USCIS also announced that is […]

By | 2018-05-16T03:11:01+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: H-1B, Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS completed data entry for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS resumes premium processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

Monday, September 18th, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) resumed premium processing  for all H-1B Petitions that were selected in the 2018 Cap. This means that H-1B cap petitions may now convert a pending petition to the expedited review process by paying an extra $1,225 for each petition. This recent development adds H-1B […]

By | 2017-09-19T02:46:03+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on USCIS resumes premium processing for H-1B Cap Petitions

President Trump Rescinds DACA

In a much expected announcement, Tuesday morning, September 5th, Attorney General (“AG”) Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is rescinding the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or, DACA. AG Sessions announced that DACA recipients whose EAD expires before March 2, 2018 will be allowed to apply for a two-year renewal, if submitted by October […]

By | 2017-09-05T16:56:55+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on President Trump Rescinds DACA