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Immigration Lawyer and Policy Wonk committed to building relationships and providing superb client services. Specialties:Employment-based immigration law - For more, read Sarah's professional profile

USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

On July 28, 2021, USCIS randomly selected additional H-1B cap registrations that were previously submitted for FY 2022 after determining that it did not receive enough filed H-1B petitions to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. The H-1B petition filing period based on this second round of registration selections will begin on August 2, 2021 […]

By | 2021-07-29T17:52:59+00:00 July 29th, 2021|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

Sarah Peterson is awarded the Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Sarah Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

One of the nomination letters […]

By | 2021-06-08T22:02:37+00:00 June 8th, 2021|Categories: Awards & Recognitions|Comments Off on Sarah Peterson is awarded the Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

No more H-4/L-2/E biometrics starting May 17th, 2021

As part of litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Edakunni  v. Mayorkas, the Acting Associate Director of Service Center Operations (“SCOPS”) for USCIS confirmed in a declaration that starting around May 17th it will no longer require biometrics for the dependents of H-1B, L-1, and E-2 visa holders. AILA has also requested that USCIS return […]

By | 2021-05-04T13:35:37+00:00 May 4th, 2021|Categories: H-1B, L-1|Comments Off on No more H-4/L-2/E biometrics starting May 17th, 2021

USCIS announces flexibility for OPT delays and improper rejections

Friday, February 26, 2021, USCIS announced flexibility for OPT receipt delays and improper rejections. These flexibilities apply only to OPT submissions received by USCIS on or after October 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021.  USCIS’ flexibility includes the following:

14-month OPT Period Flexibilities

F-1 students are eligible for 12 months of post-completion […]

By | 2021-03-04T19:53:14+00:00 February 26th, 2021|Categories: F-1|Comments Off on USCIS announces flexibility for OPT delays and improper rejections

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

New H-1B Cap Rule on Wage Level

The U.S.Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)  announced Thursday, January 7th, 2021, the final rule to amend H-1B regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) selects H-1B registrations for  H-1B cap-subject petitions.

Under this new rule, which takes effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, USCIS will […]

By | 2021-01-07T21:34:56+00:00 January 7th, 2021|Categories: H-1B|Comments Off on New H-1B Cap Rule on Wage Level

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

November Visa Bulletin shows little movement & USCIS honors filing date

After the October Visa Bulletin filing surge, the November Visa Bulletin shows barely any movement in the “filing” dates and modest forward movement in the “final action” dates. USCIS has confirmed that it will honor the “filing” chart in November 2020.

Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions regarding your immigration case.

By | 2020-10-29T12:09:22+00:00 October 29th, 2020|Categories: Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on November Visa Bulletin shows little movement & USCIS honors filing date

Sweeping changes to H-1B / PERM wage leveling and H-1B “specialty occupation” take effect 10/7/20

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security H-1B Strengthening Rule and DOL Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rules were posted for public inspection.  Both DHS and DOL have issued press releases regarding these changes.

Both the DHS and DOL regulations will be published tomorrow in the federal register publish and have a 30 […]

By | 2020-10-06T19:48:41+00:00 October 6th, 2020|Categories: Administrative Action, H-1B|Comments Off on Sweeping changes to H-1B / PERM wage leveling and H-1B “specialty occupation” take effect 10/7/20