‘No- RFE Memo’ Goes Into Effect Tomorrow (9/11/2018)

Dear Readers, viewers and listeners, The dreaded ‘no-RFE’ memo goes into effect tomorrow. Of all dates, USCIS chooses September 11th as the start date of such a drastic policy change. Not sure who came up with this date as there is no real difference between a Monday (like today) and Tuesday. But here we are. […]

Breaking: USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays

USCIS issued a new notice today that premium processing suspension will be expanded to most H1b cases. This is a tremendous blow to businesses and individuals, especially during a climate of high scrutiny.  See notice below copied from USCIS. USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept.[…]

Seattle Globalist’s Alex Stonehill hosts Tahmina Talks Immigration!

I am proud and thrilled to let you know that Alex Stonehill, cofounder of The Seattle Globalist and I have teamed up to bring a series of Tahmina Talks Immigration podcasts!  We will be focusing on the fast and furiously changing immigration policies affecting so many in our community.  Some of these changes are drastic[…]

Visa Bulletin Updates

Every month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State Liaison Committee checks in with Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State. This month’s check-in included clarification about the numerous retrogressions and changes announced in the September 2018 Visa Bulletin. Charlie confirmed that the F-1 and[…]

New Policy Guidance Regarding Student Visas and Unlawful Presence

USCIS released updated policy guidance about when a student will accrue unlawful presence. Please see below text copied from USCIS. I have underlined a couple of pertinent sentences. Copy text below   Guidance Updated After Public Comment Period WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised final policy memorandum (PDF, 129 KB) related to[…]

An E-2 Visa Success Story: A Difficult Journey To Success

Dear Readers, As many of you may know, I don’t generally write about our success stories. This is because our clients’ successes speak for themselves and the referrals we get from our happy clients say it all. But this morning we had a successful case that warrants a mention. Our client, a business owner in[…]

DOJ/DOL partnership to scrutinize employers hiring temporary visa workers

Yesterday, the Dept. of Justice posted the below press release (copied from their website) that DOJ has partnered with the Dept. of Labor in an effort to protect American workers.  The partnership will allow detailed information sharing to find discriminatory practices by employers using the following visas: H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, H-2A, H-2B, D-1 and PERMs[…]