DHS’s New Public Charge Rule to Take Effect on February 24, 2020
Starting on February 24, 2020, a regulation will take effect that broadens the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) authority to determine if a foreign national will become a public charge of the U.S. and expands the inquiry to nonimmigrants seeking an extension of status or change of status. Following a Supre...
Federal District Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Regarding Unlawful Presence Rules for Students and Exchange Visitors
On February 6, 2020, a federal district court judge issued a permanent injunction that prohibits the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing a new policy that made it so F, J, and M nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents would automatically begin to accrue unlawful presen...
Preliminary Instructions for USCIS’s New H-1B Cap Registration System
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) new online system for H-1B cap registration will soon be open. Prospective H-1B cap employers must take steps to set up an account in the USCIS system once the account creation function becomes available starting next week. This account creation must be complete before H...
USCIS Data Show High RFE Rates in FY 2020 Q2
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released data for the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal year (FY) 2020 regarding employer-sponsored nonimmigrant visa categories. The data shows that the overall request for evidence (RFE) and denial trends are consistent with the Trump Administration's directive to tighten e...
Extension of Travel Restrictions Between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has across the U.S-Canada border and the U.S.-Mexico border for an additional 30 days, through June 22, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS is limiting travel to “essential” activities including:
U.S. Citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S.;...
USCIS Announces Premium Processing Will Resume
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin resuming premium processing for and .
Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.
Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:
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...
Impact on F-1 Students During Fall 2020 Semester
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that foreign nationals on F-1 visas (as well as M-1 vocational students) attending schools during the Fall 2020 semester that are operating entirely online will not be permitted to take a full online course load and remain in the United States. Any F-1 students enrolled in ...