USCIS POLICY CHANGE: USCIS To Scrutinize I-129 Extension Requests with Same Level of Scrutiny as Initial I-129 Petitions

On October 23, 2017, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum titled “Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status.” This Policy Memorandum rescinds the previous USCIS policy which guided officers to give deference to the findings of a previously … Continue reading

Trump Administration Announces End of DACA Program with Six Month Delay, Calls on Congress to Find Legislative Solution

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program was put into place by President Obama and there are approximately 800,000 dreamers expected to be affected by today’s announcement. The announcement was made by Attorney General … Continue reading

Immigration Overhaul via The RAISE Act: How Will the U.S. Immigration System Change; What is Inside?

  Immigration Overhaul via The RAISE Act: How Will the U.S. Immigration System Change; What is Inside? Below, explore an overview of the proposed RAISE Act: Overhaul to Employment-Based Immigration The Diversity Visa Program will be eliminated as an immigration possibility. All Employment-Based preference categories (EB-1 – EB-5) will be … Continue reading

New Immigration Reform Bill; the RAISE ACT; Uphill Battle to Overhaul the Nation’s Green Card System

Today, President Trump, along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia), introduced plans for a new immigration reform bill specifically targeting America’s current Green Card system. At the White House, following an introduction by President Trump, Senators Cotton and Perdue provided their reasons for why the bill … Continue reading

ATTENTION: DOL investigations under the new administration

The H-1B temporary (non-immigrant) workers program responsibilities are divided among various government agencies:  the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment Training Administration (ETA); the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS); the U.S. Department of State (DOS); and the DOL Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Division (WH). … Continue reading