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...
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...
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...
CBP Releases Statement Regarding Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on September 21, 2018 regarding Canada’s legalization of marijuana and crossing the border.
According the statement, Canada’s legalization of marijuana does not affect CBP’s enforcement of the laws of the United States regarding controlled substances. The sale, possessio...
USCIS Revises Guidance on Validity Period of Form I-693
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is for the validity period of .
Generally, all applicants who file for an adjustment of status to a lawful permanent resident are required to submit a Form I-693 that is completed by a designated civil surgeon. In particular, Form I-693 is used to determine if an applican...
The United States is Rejecting More Legal Immigrants Than Ever Before
In a recent , David Bier revealed demonstrating that the United States has been rejecting more legal immigrants than ever before.
Data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) demonstrates that, under the current administration, immigration application denial rates have jumped significantly to an increa...
How to Prepare for the FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season
As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently reviewing a proposal to make significant changes to the H-1B cap process for FY 2020. These proposed changes may include a new filing system that requires a pre-registration, a brief filing period, a waiting list, and prioritizing advanced...
E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown
Due to the government shutdown, E-Verify and E-Verify services are currently unavailable. is a United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees, both U.S. or foreign citizens, to work in the U.S.
At this time, employers will not be able to access th...
USCIS Updates Advance Parole Information on Website
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its website to address international travel and pending Form I-131, Advance Parole, renewal applications. Form I-131, Advance Parole is used to apply for a re-entry permit, refugee travel document, or advance parole travel document, to include parole into the ...
Impacts of the Government Shutdown on USCIS
As of today, the United States is still under a partial federal government shutdown due to the fact that an fiscal year budget has not been agreed upon. However, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)'s fee-funded activities are not affected. USCIS offices will remain open and all individuals should attend int...