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...
Federal District Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Regarding Unlawful Presence Rules for Students and Exchange Visitors
On February 6, 2020, a federal district court judge issued a permanent injunction that prohibits the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing a new policy that made it so F, J, and M nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents would automatically begin to accrue unlawful presen...
USCIS Announces Premium Processing Will Resume
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin resuming premium processing for and .
Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.
Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:
Possible Immigration Proclamation or Executive Order
Rumors have been circulating that the Trump administration may soon issue an executive order or proclamation to further restrict immigration or entry to the U.S. for individuals on temporary nonimmigrant visas.
Currently, no proclamation or executive order has been issued. Although unnamed sources conject...
USCIS Resumes Limited In-Person Services
After suspending non-emergency services at offices on March 18, 2020 USCIS reopened offices for some face-to-face services on June 4, 2020. Visitors must wear masks or facial coverings and may not enter USCIS offices if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or had close contact in the last 14 days with anyone known or suspected to hav...
President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa Applicants and Extending the Entry Suspension of Immigrant Visa Applicants
On Monday, June 22, effective on midnight June 24, 2020, suspending the entry of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa applicants, and extending the existing suspension of entry of immigrant applicants until December 31, 2020.
Who is Affected?
The suspension applies only to applicants who:
Are outside of the United State...
Impact on F-1 Students During Fall 2020 Semester
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that foreign nationals on F-1 visas (as well as M-1 vocational students) attending schools during the Fall 2020 semester that are operating entirely online will not be permitted to take a full online course load and remain in the United States. Any F-1 students enrolled in ...