Prudential Revocation of Nonimmigrant Visas Aug12

Prudential Revocation of Nonimmigrant Visas

In accordance with The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and its amendments, the Secretary of State has the authority to revoke a visa at any time. The State Department (DOS) has revoked visas based on receipt of derogatory information, such as an arrest (i.e., Driving Under the Influence (DUI)), without the need for co...

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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing Aug31

USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

In March 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a of premium processing for H-1B petitions that are subject to the H-1B CAP. On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced an to include certain additional H-1B petitions beginning on September 11, 2018. USCIS claims that the suspension and expansion will help the Se...

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September 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Sep01

September 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there continues to be no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India. While there were slight advancements for the remained of EB-1 priority dates, the EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates had significant retrogressions across the boa...

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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee Sep01

USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

On August 31, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they are adjusting the premium processing fee for Form I-129 and I-140.  Beginning on October 1, 2018, the premium processing fee will increase from the current fee of $1,225 to $1,410, a 14.92 percent increase. Form I-129 and I-140, the form ty...

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USCIS Issues Request For Evidence Challenging a Permanent Labor Certification Sep11

USCIS Issues Request For Evidence Challenging a Permanent Labor Certification

Our offices received a copy of a recent Request for Evidence (RFE) for a I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers that appears to signal a change in adjudication practices for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). When a foreign national’s employer seeks to file an employment-based I-140 Immigrant Pe...

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The Statistical Effects of Recent Immigration Policy Changes Sep12

The Statistical Effects of Recent Immigration Policy Changes

In a Brief released this month, the Foundation tracked the statistical effects of recent immigration policy changes made under the Trump Administration.  Below, we’ve included data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as calculations made by the National Foundation for American Policy for their July 2018 Report....

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Updated Guidance on Notices to Appear Oct01

Updated Guidance on Notices to Appear

On September 27, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a teleconference to discuss the . What is a Notice to Appear? Form I-862, Notice to Appear (NTA), is a document issued to foreign nationals who are deemed “removable” from the United States. Recipients of NTAs must app...

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Highlights from Teleconference on USCIS Policy Update on RFEs and NOIDs Oct01

Highlights from Teleconference on USCIS Policy Update on RFEs and NOIDs

On September 6, 2018, the Office of the CIS Ombudsman hosted a teleconference on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy updates of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) that was issued on . Our office with information about this new guidance. Below, please find further i...

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October 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Oct01

October 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were significant advancements for all priority dates across the board. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of June 1, 2016 (Advancement of 1614 days) India:          ...

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USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30 Oct11

USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30

foreign nationals who currently have F-1 status with a pending H-1B petition on October 1, 2018 are at risk of accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after October 1 because their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through September 30. What is the Under current USCIS regulations, a...

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