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...
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...
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...
Data From USCIS Shows Increase of H-1B Denials in 2019
According to the , H-1B denials have skyrocketed since fiscal year (FY) 2015. Analyzing data from , NFAP found that denial rates for new H-1B petitions have quadrupled between FY 2015 and FY 2018, and the trend is increasing for the first quarter of FY 2019.
Increased Denials of Initial H-1B Petitions
Form I-539 No Longer Eligible for “Courtesy” Premium Processing
As noted in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status in March 2019. Starting on March 22, 2019, USCIS began to only accept the...
Changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Finalized
On July 24, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a that made significant changes to the . The final rule will become effective on November 21, 2019.
As the first significant revision of the program since 1993, the final rule makes the following changes:
Raising the mi...
USCIS Will Close Most International Offices
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services's (USCIS) director, Ken Cuccinelli, announced on August 9, 2019 that agency will close all of its international field offices except for seven. Currently, USCIS has 20 field offices worldwide, including in major cities such as London, Seoul and Frankfurt. The only remaining offic...