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Tag Archives: Visas

Previous H-1B Approval No Longer Assures Extension will be Approved

Under updated policy guidance, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. In other words, previous approval […]

USCIS Resuming “Premium Processing” for all H-1B Petitions

October 3, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a petitioner requests the […]

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

The U.S. Department of State has announced it will suspend nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia.  The action, beginning August 23, 2017, is being taken in reaction to the Russian government’s imposition of a personnel cap on the U.S. Mission. Affected visa types will include tourist (B-2), professional worker (H-1B and L-1), exchange visitor (J-1) […]

Supreme Court Allows Limited Version of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

Deutsch, Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, will regularly update its blog to cover immigration under the Trump administration.  Contact any of our attorneys if you have a concern. Monday, June 26, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the government’s appeal of two lower court decisions that had blocked President Trump’s executive order banning travel from […]

More on “Extreme Vetting”

President Trump directed the Secretary of State to implement additional screening and vetting standards for all visa applicants.  As a result of this directive, the Department of State has proposed a requirement that visa applicants provide much more detailed information about their families, social media history, family members, and address and employment history.  This will […]

“Extreme Vetting” – Supplemental Questions to be asked of Visa Applicants

DHS notice of request for emergency OMB approval and public comment on a new Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants, to collect information from visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities. Comments are due 5/18/17. If granted, the emergency approval is […]

Alert – Warning About Travel to Certain Countries

Below is an alert received from American Immigration Lawyers Association.  This points out the risk of travel abroad for persons who are from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen, and possibly other countries. More to follow when a final Executive Order is signed. Fee free to contact one of the immigration attorneys at […]

Government Clarifies Standard for Obtaining National Interest Waiver

In a precedent decision, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has revised the analytical framework for assessing eligibility for National Interest Waivers, a permanent residence category frequently used by experts in science, business and other fields.  The case is Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). This means that USCIS may now grant […]

USCIS Revises Form I-9 (Verification of Employment Eligibility)

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use either the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 […]

USCIS Reaches FY2017 H-1B Cap

On April 7th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the […]

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