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Immigration Enforcement and Deadlines: A Pause for Disasters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put a hold on immigration enforcement operations in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at...more

Updates on Recent USCIS Changes Impacting US Businesses

by White & Case LLP on

In the last month, USCIS has issued news releases announcing two changes that directly impact US businesses. The first relates to the revisions to Form I-9, which is mandated for employers to use to establish and confirm...more

The Impact of the DACA Rescission

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration formally announced its intent to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. What follows is a practical guide on the impact of this latest...more

Longstanding U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Policies Reviewed And Reversed By Trump Administration With Substantial...

Two longstanding policies adhered to by U. S. Citizenship Services have been reversed by the Trump administration and the U.S. Department of Justice. On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

The Rescission of DACA – A Quick Overview of How This Impacts Your DACA Employees

USCIS announced on September 5, 2017, that they are phasing in a rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The DACA program began in 2012 and granted temporary status and work permits to the...more

New Hurdles in Access to U.S. Immigration Benefits - UPDATE

by Mintz Levin on

Government Confirms New Guidelines -- Interview Requirement for Those Seeking Permanent Residence - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a Press Release, which confirms the implementation of a new policy...more

USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective October 1, 2017, it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applications that currently do not require...more

Department of Homeland Security Will Require In-Person Interviews at Local USCIS Field Offices for Employment-Based Lawful...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agency responsible for adjudicating immigration benefits, announced that it will begin expanding the...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants

by Barley Snyder on

Starting in October, there could be a bureaucratic backlog for businesses with employees carrying temporary work visas looking to make them permanent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this week...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Expanding Interviews

by Kirton McConkie PC on

On Monday, August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a notice explaining the expansion of in-person interviews for immigration benefit applicants. Below is USCIS’ notice....more

Practice Alert: Trump Creates New Hurdles and Delays for Employment Based Green Card Applicants

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning on October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start phasing in the requirement for an in-person interview for anyone obtaining employment-based permanent residency. For almost...more

In-Person Interviews Mandated for Employment–Based Green Card Applicants and Others

On August 25, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that, as part of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” directives, potential legal immigrant workers will be required to undergo in-person...more

USCIS to Interview Most "Green Card" Applicants: Expect Delays

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced that effective October 1, 2017, applicants for “adjustment of status” (the last step in the “green card” process) based on employment sponsorship and for...more

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process

by Miller Canfield on

USCIS announced it will expand the in-person interview process for certain beneficiaries of permanent residency applications. In compliance with President Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

USCIS Will Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USICS has announced that – effective October 1, 2017 – it will begin to “phase in” an in-person interview requirement for applicants for adjustment of status based on employment, as well as for other categories of applicants...more

USCIS Announces Expanded In-Person Interview Requirement

by Foley Hoag LLP on

US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that beginning October 1, 2017, it will require far more people to appear at its offices for in-person interviews – a change that could potentially impact hundreds...more

USCIS to Begin Interviewing Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Morgan Lewis on

Phase-in period to begin on October 1, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 28 that, starting on October 1 of this year, it will expand the in-person interview program for persons...more

Coming Soon: In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants, a change being implemented in response to Executive Order 13780, which pushed for more "uniform...more

“Extreme Vetting” Comes to Fruition as USCIS Plans to Interview Employment-Based Permanent Residence Applicants

Last week, a spokesperson for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that in-person interviews will now be required for employment-based nonimmigrant visa holders (e.g., H-1B, O-1, etc.) applying to...more

In-Person Interviews For Each Green Card Applicant To Begin October 1

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS spokesperson Carter Langston confirmed that as of October 1, 2017, the employment-based green card process will include an in-person interview. Formal interviews have been a possibility for employment-based permanent...more

Green Card Applicants: Your Pending I-131 Application for Advance Parole May Be Denied if You Depart the U.S.

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Client Alert In an abrupt divergence from previous practice, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun denying I-131 Applications for Advance Parole if the Applicant had departed the U.S. while...more

USCIS Introduces Redesigned I-485 Application Forms

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a redesigned version of Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This form is used in the final stage of the...more

Are you ready for summer travel?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a visa holder, tourist or U.S. permanent resident, organizing your travel documents is a critical part of international travel. Discovering an expired document too...more

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