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...

Expansion of Premium Processing Suspension for H-1B Petitions

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions would be extended from the original date of September 11, 2018, through the estimated date of February 19, 2019.  Additionally,...

USCIS Changes Website, Backtracks On Foreign Student Rules

Stuart Anderson, Forbes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed itself by eliminating language from its website aimed at preventing international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) from...

Skilled Visa Denials Spiked in Late 2017, Report Finds

Law360 (July 27, 2018, 5:45 PM EDT) — The Trump administration has denied or questioned more visas for highly skilled immigrant workers since President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order last year, a policy report released Wednesday has...

Airline Staffing Executive Sentenced to Prison for Years of Immigration Fraud

SAN DIEGO – Eleno Quinteros, Jr., the former vice president of operations for two airline mechanic staffing companies, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for making false statements in support of legal permanent resident petitions for dozens of the companies’ mechanics....

USCIS Toughens “Unlawful Presence” Interpretation for F-1, M-1, and J-1 Students and Exchange Visitors, and their Dependents

On Friday, May 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new policy memorandum notifying its officers of a change in USCIS policy regarding the interpretation and calculation of unlawful presence for foreign nationals in the United States as F-1...

F-1 OPT STEM Update – No Third-Party Placement

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) updated guidance on the OPT STEM extension program that allows F-1 STEM program graduates to obtain an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization to work for employers that participate in the...

Class action granted in H-2B visa lawsuit

Kevin Kerrigan | The Guam Daily Post The District Court of Guam has granted class action status to the lawsuit filed by the Guam Contractors Association and 11 other plaintiffs against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services over USCIS’ blanket denial of H-2B visas...
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