Customs and Border Protection Expands Restriction of L-1 Renewals for Canadians at Border
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reportedly expanded its restriction of L-1 renewal applications for Canadian nationals at the border. This new policy is now being implemented at nearly all U.S.-Canada ports of entry (POEs) and Canadian airport pre-flight inspection sites.
Prior regulations and practice ha...
New Presidential Memorandum Seeks to Tighten B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa Enforcement
A new directs the Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide recommendations to tighten B-1 and B-2 visitor visa enforcement.
Specifically, the Memorandum directs DOS and DHS to do the following:
Recommendations regarding Visa Waiver Program: Within 180 days of the...
USCIS Temporarily Blocked from Enforcing New Unlawful Presence Rules
In August 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a that altered agency policy regarding the calculation of unlawful presence for F, J, and M nonimmigrants and their dependents. A federal district court judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents USCIS from implementing t...
Department of State Selects FY 2020 Diversity Lottery Visa Winners
The United States Department of State (DOS) has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the to see if they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.
Foreign nationals who were selected in the lottery are eligible to submit an...
June 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was a large retrogression for EB-1 for India.
China: Priority date of February 22, 2017 (No Advancement)
India: Priority d...
USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were selected in the computer-generated random selection process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected and will issue an announcement once they are done notifying petitioners.
USCIS may also tran...
USCIS Makes Steps Toward Digital Immigration Processing
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 22, 2019 that it would implement a new strategy to make steps toward a digital business model. This strategy, known as eProcessing, will be a complete digital experience. Individuals would be able to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS, and even r...
July 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was an advancement for EB-1 India after a retrogression last month, and EB-3 Philippines is now current.
China: Priority date of May 8, 2017 (Advancement of 75 days)
Visa Applicants Are Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts, Prior Contact Information
The Department of State is now requiring visa applicants to disclose five years of social media and contact history. These new questions related to social media use, prior email addresses, and prior phone numbers have been added to the Forms DS-160 and DS-260, the online nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications.
The questions ...
Proposed H-1B Cap Registration Fee Currently Under Federal Review
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a proposal to impose a fee on employers who register for the H-1B cap starting next year.
Under current rules, an employer that submits an H-1B cap petition is subject to the following fees:
Form I-129 filing fee: $460
H-1B Training and Education Fee:...