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...
DHS Proposes Fee Structure Changes
DHS is that would increase costs for most petitioners and applicants and impose new requirements for many types of cases. Several highlights of this proposal are below.
DHS is proposing to separate the Form I-129, nonimmigrant worker petition into different forms for each visa classification and to ...
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...
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 ...
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...