Trump Administration Rescinds Directive Regarding F-1 Students
In a reversal of events, the Trump Administration agreed to rescind a This decision was made following lawsuits made by a number of universities and states around the nation, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University.
What this means is that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will revert back to guidance...
Department of State Addresses Exemptions for Entry Ban
On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued two statements addressing exemptions to the Trump Administration's recent proclamations that restrict immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the U.S.
European Schengen Area, U.K., and Ireland Entry Bans
The Trump Administration placed an entry ban on travelers from...
USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020
On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The final rule is effective October 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date is required to include payment that matches the adjusted ...
USCIS Responds to Federal Court Injunction on Public Charge Rule
On July 29, 2020, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the “public charge rule” enforced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USC...
Department of State Issues Further Guidance on National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation
On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 10052 which suspended entry into the U.S. of certain non-immigrant applicants including H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa applicants. The Proclamation provided a list of exceptions to the entry suspension for these visa categories, including a “national interest” exc...
Form I-9 Verification During EAD Production Delays
The production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, USCIS has confirmed that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action with a notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of Form I-7...
USCIS Announces Furloughs Will Be Averted Through September 30
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will avert a furlough of more than 13,000 employees through September 30, 2020. The agency claims that spending cuts as well as an increase in revenues will allow USCIS to maintain its operations through the end of this fiscal year.
However, USCIS has...
Upcoming USCIS Fee and Form Changes
Beginning on October 2, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement a as well as changes to several key employment-based immigration forms and changes to the timeframe for premium processing service.
The following chart shows the new fees that will come into effect on Octob...
Department of Labor Rule Expected to Raise Prevailing Wage Minimums
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing a Department of Labor (DOL) rule that is seeking to make a restructuring to the wage level system to establish prevailing wage minimums in the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 and PERM programs.
The regulation is expected to increase the prevailing wage minimum requirements for the H-1B, ...
USCIS Expected to Implement Public Charge Rule Again
On Friday, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a lower court did not have the authority to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing its public charge rule during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ruling is pursuant to a recent Supreme Court decision that DHS may enforce the...