President Trump Signs FY 2019 Spending Bill
After a government shutdown that lasted for 35 days, President Trump signed a fiscal year 2019 spending bill on February 15, 2019 that was passed by Congress.
Specifically regarding immigration, the spending bill provided funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and other federal agencies through Sept...
USCIS Will Implement Revised Edition of Form I-539
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will implement a revised edition of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status beginning on March 11, 2019.
The revised Form I-539 will require the following:
Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 mu...
USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided about the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors.
The guidance instructs USCIS officers to conduct an additional interview for certain I-130 spousal petitions involving a minor. In general, the bona fides nature of the spousal relationship is as...
USCIS Issues Policy Guidance for Clarification Regarding Violations of Federal Controlled Substance Law
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued providing clarification that violations of federal controlled substance law are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, regardless of whether or not it would not be an offense under state laws. As an example, the policy guidanc...
CBP Announces Alphanumeric I-94 Numbers
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Prior to this point, I-94 numbers have been 11 digits long and only contained numbers. CBP will be implementing this change because of the depletion of numeric-only I-94 numbers ...
Data From USCIS Shows Increase of H-1B Denials in 2019
According to the , H-1B denials have skyrocketed since fiscal year (FY) 2015. Analyzing data from , NFAP found that denial rates for new H-1B petitions have quadrupled between FY 2015 and FY 2018, and the trend is increasing for the first quarter of FY 2019.
Increased Denials of Initial H-1B Petitions
Form I-539 No Longer Eligible for “Courtesy” Premium Processing
As noted in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status in March 2019. Starting on March 22, 2019, USCIS began to only accept the...