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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases… Again

USCIS has announced another temporary suspension of Premium Processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those seeking an exemption for individuals with a master’s degree or higher. However, unlike last year, they will continue to accept Premium Processing for petitions that are not subject to the cap, including those filed by cap-exempt institutions. USCIS will announce when they resume premium processing, but the suspension is expected to continue until September 10, 2018.

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L-1s and TNs Border Processing – A Dramatic Change Ahead

In another effort to tighten legal immigration, CBP and USCIS announced in a conference call that they are rolling out a pilot program to eliminate “on-the-spot” L-1s and TNs NAFTA adjudications at the border. The program will first be implemented at the Blaine Washington State port of entry starting April 30, 2018. The current in-person border application will be replaced with a mail-in application, which might take 3-5 days of adjudication through the California Service Center, […]

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Signatures Become Even More Important

Effective March 18, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept power of attorney signatures on forms from petitioners and applicants seeking immigration benefits. For forms filed by a corporation or other legal entity, an authorized person who is employed by the petitioner must sign. This is important because if a form is filed with a faulty signature, USCIS may reject the form without offering a chance to fix the problem. Power of attorney signatures are only authorized for children under 14 years old and individuals […]

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USCIS No Longer Secures America’s Promise as a Nation of Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ newly revamped mission statement makes it very clear: the agency is no longer in the business of helping immigrants. The new statement not only removes a line referring to the United States as a “nation of immigrants” but also does not contain any reference to immigrants at all. USCIS director L. Francis Cissna explained the change by claiming that USCIS isn’t supposed to help immigrants but instead “the American people”. […]

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Need an InfoPass Appointment? Be Aware of These Changes

As part of a new pilot program, the Jacksonville USCIS field office is anticipated to roll out a new scheduling process for InfoPass appointments. Once implemented, scheduling will be coordinated by the USCIS National Customer Service Center. This new program is set up to avoid the use of InfoPass appointments for routine inquiries that could be resolved by the Customer Service Hotline. USCIS plans to implement this new pilot program at five local field offices: […]

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USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements. However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition […]

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