CBP Announces Alphanumeric I-94 Numbers
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Prior to this point, I-94 numbers have been 11 digits long and only contained numbers. CBP will be implementing this change because of the depletion of numeric-only I-94 numbers ...
USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-129
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new edition of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The new edition is dated 01/31/19. Starting on 05/20/19, USCIS will no longer be accepting earlier editions of Form I-129.
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...
Department of State Selects FY 2020 Diversity Lottery Visa Winners
The United States Department of State (DOS) has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the to see if they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.
Foreign nationals who were selected in the lottery are eligible to submit an...
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...
Visa Applicants Are Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts, Prior Contact Information
The Department of State is now requiring visa applicants to disclose five years of social media and contact history. These new questions related to social media use, prior email addresses, and prior phone numbers have been added to the Forms DS-160 and DS-260, the online nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications.
The questions ...
Proposed H-1B Cap Registration Fee Currently Under Federal Review
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a proposal to impose a fee on employers who register for the H-1B cap starting next year.
Under current rules, an employer that submits an H-1B cap petition is subject to the following fees:
Form I-129 filing fee: $460
H-1B Training and Education Fee:...