August 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there continues to be no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India and significant retrogression for EB-1 for all El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, and other areas.
USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear
Previously, that the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided regarding issuances of Notices to Appear (NTA). Specifically, this new guidance stated that USCIS officers would issue NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where the applica...
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...
USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT
The United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the in order to provide important clarifications. Specifically, students and employers will be required to report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity using modified Form I-983. Employers will be required to report the STEM...
USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence
On August 9, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a related to unlawful presence. Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants with F (student) and M (vocational student) visas who fall out of status and file in a timely manner for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence sus...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....