Category: Updates

Immigration updates from the government.

UPDATE: Mandatory Employment-Based I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) Interviews

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a stakeholder call to discuss the implementation of the new interview requirement for employment-based adjustment of status (I-485) applicants. During this call, USCIS indicated that all I-485 cases

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service For All H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it resumed premium processing today for all types of H-1B petitions. The premium processing service was temporarily suspended on April 3, 2017, which was the beginning of the H-1B FY 2018

Immigration In The Age Of Social Media

By TL Loke Walsh   DHS plans to collect social media information on all immigrants On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) quietly published a rule that extends the data collection system for storing information of

New Presidential Proclamation Imposes Country-Specific Travel Restrictions (Travel Ban 3.0)

This travel restriction was BLOCKED! On September 24th, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” The Presidential Proclamation sets forth specific

Remember To Start Using The New Form I-9 Beginning September 18

Beginning today, September 18, 2017, employers must use the new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with the revision date of 07/17/17 N. This new form has an expiration date of August 31, 2019.   I-9, Employment Eligibility

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the FY 2019 Green Card Lottery

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh This article was updated with the new registration dates.   Yes, DV Lottery really exists! The government has 50,000 diversity immigrant visas available for FY 2018 (i.e. October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019). Why should

Trump Ends DACA Program For DREAMERS

This article was updated.   As expected, Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the end of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program despite widespread support in favor of the nearly 800,000 DREAMERS, who have benefitted from the program.

USCIS Will Require In-Person Interviews For All Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

On Monday, August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to phase-in interviews for employment-based I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applications as of October 1, 2017. This change complies with Executive Order

USCIS is Denying Advance Parole Applications Due to International Travel

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, we sent this travel advisory, which affects individuals with pending I-485 adjustment of status application. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has received numerous reports that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been

U.S. to Suspend All Nonimmigrant Visa Operations Across Russia

U.S. Mission to Russia Statement: