USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear
On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided This new guidance states that USCIS officers will now issues NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unla...
Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders
According to a recent USCIS will greatly expand its mandate for issuing NTAs without first consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). USCIS officers will now issue NTAs and thereby place individuals in removal proceedings upon the denial of an application or petition for immigration benefits if the individual is deemed re...
New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny
On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided a According to this new guidance, effective September 11, 2018, USCIS adjudicators will have full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID),...
USCIS Postpones Implementation of Guidance on Notices to Appear
Previously, that the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided regarding issuances of Notices to Appear (NTA). Specifically, this new guidance stated that USCIS officers would issue NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where the applica...
Clarifications on L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement
On November 15, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a that provided clarification regarding the one-year foreign employment requirement for the L-1 nonimmigrant classification.
The L-1 nonimmigrant classification allows an employer to transfer an executive or manager () or an employee w...
U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China
Beginning on March 1, 2019, the : the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. As such, H and L visa interviews will no longer be conducted at the U.S. Consulates located in Chengdu or Shenyang.
The reduction of the number of locations where H and L visa interviews are conducted...
New USCIS Data Confirms Higher Rate of RFEs and Denials
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released that confirms a higher rate of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Denials between fiscal year (FY) 2015 and the first quarter of FY 2019. This data reflects adjudication patterns across the Obama and Trump Administrations, but the greatest increases occur...
USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-539
As mentioned in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status as well as a new Form I-539A Supplement. These new forms will become mandatory starting March 22, 2019.
The revised Form I-539 requires the follo...