Filing Subsequent L-1 Petitions for Canadian Applicants at Ports of Entry
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is reporting that there may be adjudication policy changes related to L-1 petitions at several ports of entry (POEs) along the international border between the U.S. and Canada.
According to AILA, there are reports that United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers ar...
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...
House Passes Bill Aiming to Eliminate Per-Country Green Card Cap
On July 10, 2019, the House passed a bill that would eliminate the per-country cap on green cards, which would mean that the amount of time any new applicant waits for a green card would be equalized, regardless of where the applicant was born.
Under current regulations, the green card cap limits a maximum of 7% of total employmen...
Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Measure to Temporarily Extend Key Immigration Programs
With the passing of a short-term spending measure, Congress temporarily extended federal government funding through November 21, 2019 while FY 2020 budget negotiations continue. This means that many key immigration programs, which are under federal functions, will continue uninterrupted until then, pending President Trump's signature...
Injunction Following USCIS’s Publication of New Versions of Immigration Forms
On October 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new editions of Forms I-485, I-129, I-539/I-539A, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944. On its website, USCIS stated that it would accept the previous edition of the forms if they are postmarked on or before October 14, 2019.
The effective date of wh...
Health Insurance Requirements Imposed on Immigrant Visa Applicants
Beginning on November 3, 2019, according to a , the U.S. Department of State will suspend issuance of immigrant visas to foreign nationals who are applying at U.S. consulates that are unable to show that they will have unsubsidized health insurance within 30 days of entry into the U.S. or otherwise pay for their healthcare expenses i...
USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee
Beginning on December 2, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require an increased fee for premium processing for certain employment-based petitions.
The fee will increase from $1,410 to $1,440 for and . USCIS has stated that the fee increase is reflective of inflation from June 2001 to August...
Department of State Clarifies Standard of Review for Blanket L Visa Application
The Department of State recently updated its guidelines regarding the review of Blanket L visa applications, stating that applicants must demonstrate their eligibility by "clear and convincing evidence." Further, consular officers are directed by the new guidelines to deny Blanket L applications if any questions about an applicant's ...
Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration’s Health Insurance Rule
On November 2, 2019, a federal judge in Portland, Oregon granted a preliminary injunction that prevented a rule established by the Trump administration . Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration's rule on October 30, 2019.
The lawsuit contended that the new rule woul...