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...
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...
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...
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...
May 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates except for EB-1 for China and India which saw no advancement.
China: Priority date of February 22, 2017 (No Advancement)
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.
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 Issues Policy Guidance for Clarification Regarding Violations of Federal Controlled Substance Law
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued providing clarification that violations of federal controlled substance law are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, regardless of whether or not it would not be an offense under state laws. As an example, the policy guidanc...
USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided about the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors.
The guidance instructs USCIS officers to conduct an additional interview for certain I-130 spousal petitions involving a minor. In general, the bona fides nature of the spousal relationship is as...
Two Year Anniversary of the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order
This April marks two years since President Trump signed the executive order in 2017. Since then, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented the executive order through rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes.
The Buy American and Hire American executive order was signed with the goal ...