The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced fee adjustments for specific immigration and naturalization requests handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS fee adjustments will go into effect on October 3, 2020. The USCIS fees will be adjusted by a weighted average increase of 20 percent, and are meant to support the […]
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, a New York federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing its Public Charge rule, nationwide. U.S. District Judge George Daniels found that the states and nonprofits challenging the public charge rule had provided “ample evidence” that the policy deters immigrants from seeking out COVID-19 testing and could threaten efforts to […]
Monday, July 7, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced that international students who attend universities that are exclusively online this fall may not enter the U.S. ICE provided these updates for Fall Semester 2020:
- Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in […]
Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak
On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump released a Presidential Proclamation and an accompanying fact sheet that suspends the entry into the U.S. of several nonimmigration classifications. The Presidents stated objective is to ensure that U.S. workers are hired first due to the current high unemployment rate. This proclamation is effective through December […]
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 […]
On Monday, May 11, 2020, USCIS issued a policy memo titled, “Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 National Emergency.”
This USCIS memo addresses a few of the many issues currently facing International Medical Graduates (“IMG”) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
- In situations in which an H-1B foreign […]
On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced the following relaxation of I-9 document inspection protocols by permitting Employers with employees self distancing/remote working due to COVID-19 to not require review of the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence.
DHS provided this additional clarification:
Employers must inspect […]
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 […]