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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

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced, on September 18, 2017, that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. USCIS had originally...more

Premium Processing Now Available for Cap H-1B Visas

by Varnum LLP on

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the premium processing option for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap visa petitions filed for an October 1, 2018 start date. Premium processing...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...more

Premium Processing Of H-1B Petitions Further Expanded, Effective Immediately

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today, September 18, 2017, that it will again expand its resumption of premium processing for additional types of H-1B petitions. Effective immediately, H-1B...more

2019 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 3

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 3, 2017, and noon on November 7,...more

Special Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Anticipates Resuming H-1B Premium Processing on October 3, 2017 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that it anticipates resuming...more

Department of State Releases October 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 China and India once again become “current” as does EB-2 Worldwide. The US Department of State has released its October 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Travel Ban Court Update on Family Members’ as “Bona Fide” Relationship

by Mintz Levin on

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals let stand the Hawaii District Court temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s revised travel ban. This ruling confirms that U.S. family...more

US Immigration under the Trump Administration: What We Know and What We Think We Know

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Donald J. Trump recently issued an Executive Order, followed by a proposed bill and other guidance, which would drastically change the current immigration system. Based on these developments, employers should be...more

How Social Media Can Impact the Fiance Visa Process

by Ronald Shapiro on

As social media continues to grow in popularity as a means of sharing relationship activities with people, fiancé visa applicants should also understand how it could impact the visa process. A record of online...more

USCIS to Mandate In-person Interviews for All Employment-based Permanent Residence Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting Oct. 1, all foreign nationals who have submitted employment-based adjustment of status applications will now be required to undergo a personal...more

Government Agrees To Inform Travelers Denied Entry To U.S. Of Right To Reapply For Visas

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

During the chaos that followed the issuance of the travel ban in January and before it was blocked by a court, at least 140 individuals from the seven named countries were denied admission to the U.S. with then-valid...more

Insights: USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications Due To International Travel

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS is adopting a new approach for international travel and Form I-131 Advance Parole (AP) applications. Until recently, USCIS has approved AP applications even where the beneficiary travelled internationally during the...more

Administration Considers Major Reductions in J-1 Cultural Exchange Program

The Trump administration is reportedly reviewing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, a popular cultural exchange program run by the U.S. Department of State, with the intention of making major reductions in the visa program....more

Expansion of Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants, and Rumors of Change in Travel Authorization for Green Card...

by FordHarrison on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of mandatory in-person interviewing of applicants for lawful permanent residence. In its public announcement, USCIS notes that this change complies...more

In-Person Interviews to be conducted for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 28, 2017, the USCIS announced that beginning October 1st, the USCIS will begin to phase-in “in-person” interviews for Employment-Based, Adjustment of Status applicants (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent...more

New Interview Mandate for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Littler on

On August 28, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin requiring in-person interviews for certain applicants who apply for permanent residence. ...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes to Expect in 2017

by Ronald Shapiro on

A number of visa processing changes have been made so far this year, and more are expected throughout the remainder of 2017. Charles Oppenheim, the Department of State’s Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, has...more

USCIS To Require In-Person Interviews For Employment-Based Permanent Residence Applicants

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will be phasing in interviews for employment-based applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence. The phase-in will begin October 1, and requires employees in temporary...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

Trump Administration Considers Elimination Of J-1 Program For Some Students

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration is considering the elimination of the J-1 Summer Work-Travel Program for students who come to tourist areas in the U.S. as temporary summer help and as participants in cultural exchanges. Like the...more

State Department Updates Policy Guidance Regarding F-1 Student Visa Applications

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 8, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to modify instructions to consular officers considering F-1 student visas. The modified instructions address how a consular officer...more

Changing Jobs During the PERM Labor Certification Process

by Ronald Shapiro on

PERM Labor Certification is the initial step that individuals need to take for employment-based green cards, but sometimes another job might come along during the immigration process that’s better suited for them. This can...more

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