Washington, D.C. - On October 11, 2019: The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York enjoined and restrained the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and USCIS from “enforcing, applying, or treating as effective” the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. In addition, the...

Washington, D.C., September 19, 2019: The Department of State (DOS) recently released the October 2019 Visa Bulletin. October Visa Bulletin October’s Visa Bulletin kicks off the start of the new fiscal year for the U.S. federal government, which means new batches of visas will be made available...

Washington, D.C. – September 4, 2019: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adopted new regulations on January 31, 2019 that changed the skilled worker visa program known as the H-1B temporary work visa program (“New H-1B Rules”). Here are answers to the top 5 questions we...

Washington, D.C. - September 4, 2019: On September 4, 2019, USCIS published today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require H-1B cap-subject employers to pay a $10 fee for each petition submitted. Cap subject employers typically encompasses any employer seeking to file a new...

Washington D.C., August 22, 2019: Form I-944, the USCIS Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, is mentioned prominently in the new public charge regulations. Confusion, however, has accompanied this form for three reasons. First, its name. USCIS Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency bears the same number reference as IRS...

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2019: USCIS today announced an update to Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This crucial form in the U.S. immigration system is used by all applicants for green cards who are in the U.S. and seek a...

Washington, D.C. – August 14, 2019: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plans to implement facial recognition technology for all in-bound and out-bound passengers arriving at U.S. airports or land ports of entry. Presently, CBP officers use biometrics (including facial recognition) for certain persons, including temporary...

Washington, D.C. – August 13, 2019: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish tomorrow a new regulation that will signficantly amend the Public Charge ground for making immigrants inadmissible to the U.S. It will be published on August 14, 2019 and will become effective...

Washington, D.C. – August 2, 2019: USCIS issued a policy memo designating the case of Matter of H-G-G (AAO July 31, 2019) as a binding decision on U.S. immigration officers. In Matter of H-G-G, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office held “For purposes of adjustment of...