October 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, EB-1 India is available again and many chargeability areas for EB-2 and EB-3 are current again.
China: Priority date of November 1, 2016 (Advancement of 1036 days)
H-4 EAD Rescission Proposal Remains Under Federal Review
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a status report in response to a court order in Save Jobs USA v DHS, a lawsuit that challenges the work authorization for H-4 spouses of H-1B beneficiaries. According to the status report, the proposal for rescinding H-4 work authorization is still under federal ...
DHS Proposes Registration Fee for H-1B Cap
On September 3, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a requiring petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS is proposing this registration fee in order to recover the ...
USCIS Completes Return of Unselected H-1B Cap Petitions for FY 2020
On August 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it has finished returning all H-1B petitions that were unselected for the FY 2020 cap. Petitioners should receive their returned petitions with filing fee checks by August 29, 2019.
Meanwhile, USCIS continues to adjudicate pending H-1B cap cas...
September 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued; EB-3 Categories Made Immediately Unavailable
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2019 Visa Bulletin, which has been reproduced below. However, during the Department of State Liaison Committee's August 16, 2019 monthly check-in with Charlie Oppenheim, the committee was made aware that the entire EB-3 category has immediately been made unavailable for t...
DHS and USCIS Announces Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
On Monday, August 12, 2019, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that clearly defines the long-standing public charge inadmissibility law.
According to section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the government must at a minimum consider a for...
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...
ICE Begins Conducting On-Site Inspections of F-1 STEM OPT Employment
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) unit of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has officially launched on-site inspections of the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment of certain F-1 trainees. The purpose of these on-site inspections is to review employer compliance with STEM OPT regul...
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...
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...