USCIS To Implement New Form I-539 and Biometrics Requirement For I-539 Applicants Beginning March 11, 2019

On February 11, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency will implement a new Form I-539, Application to Change/Extend Nonimmigrant Status, effective March 11, 2019. Additionally, I-539 Applicants will be required to pay an additional...

Immigrants Are Waiting 46% Longer For Visas And Other Petitions

Millions of people are waiting months longer for green cards and other approvals. Some immigration lawyers are calling these delays evidence of an “invisible wall”. Since Trump took office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased processing times by 46%,...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing For FY-2019 H-1B CAP Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency will resume premium processing today, Monday, January 28, 2019, for all fiscal year 2019 (FY-2019) H-1B Cap petitions. This includes both Regular Cap and Master’s Cap petitions that were filed in April...

H-1B Season is Rapidly Approaching – Plan Now For Filing New H-1B Petitions for CIS Receipt On April 1, 2019 or no later than the First Week of April

Employers should assess their need for cap-subject H-1B visas and begin preparation of H-1B petitions now, in advance of the filing receipt deadline for the first week of April, April 1-5. In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin...

Ongoing Effect of Prolonged U.S. Government Shutdown on Immigration

The partial government shutdown is now well into its 3rd week with no clear end in sight. While most immigration related government functions remain operational, a prolonged shutdown may have broad impact on immigration related matters. Because various U.S. government departments...

USCIS Policy Change on RFE’s and Starting Removal “Deportation” Proceedings

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued two new Policy Memoranda that change the way the agency will approach the issuance of Requests for Further Evidence (RFE), Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), and Notices to Appear (NTA) initiating removal...
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