Breaking: USCIS releases new policy to deny cases without issuing RFE/NOID first

USCIS issued new policy guidance today (copied below) that is very concerning. For most types of cases, USCIS will not issue “requests for further evidence” (RFE) of “notices of intent to deny” (NOID) and will go straight to denial “if the record does not establish eligibility”.  This policy will apply to most visa categories whether[…]

More NTA News

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released the below statement concerning yesterday’s new NTA guidance. The press release can be found below. Copied from AILA’s website: New USCIS Policy Will Needlessly Push Thousands More Cases into the Deportation Machinery Friday, July 06, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – On July 5, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)[…]

USCIS Expands Notice to Appear Power

USCIS issued updated guidance today that expanded the types of cases in which they can issue Notices to Appear (NTAs). NTAs commence removal proceedings. More information is available below. Copied from USCIS’s website: USCIS Updates Notice to Appear Policy Guidance to Support DHS Enforcement Priorities WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued updated guidance (PDF, 139[…]

H4 EAD USCIS Statistics Released Ahead of Anticipated Rescission

  On Friday, May 11th, USCIS released updated statistics of H4 EADs. It is anticipated that the rule allowing H4 visa holders applying for work permits will be rescinded in June. Here is a link to the USCIS data on the issue.  Also, here is an article in which I saw the report.  A snapshot[…]

More Bad-Policy-Friday-News from USCIS: Changes to Student Visa Policies

Today, in another bad-policy-Friday (as I am calling it these day since bad news is handed down Friday afternoons mostly)- USCIS announced major policy changes to the way student visa status and unlawful presence will be determined starting August 9th.  In other words, when someone becomes illegal in the US will be reinterpreted.   Read[…]

Tahmina’s Article in Yes! Magazine- Admin to Collect Social Media Handles in Visa Application- Read & Share!

Readers, listeners and viewers, my latest article published in Yes! Magazine has great significance. This administration will collect all social media handles for visa applicants– visas for tourism, business, education, work or humanitarian reasons. 14 million people will be subject to these new rules! We need to be engaged in the process, comment on the[…]

John Oliver explains the plight of immigration courts- worth watching!

After reading a post from a Facebook group on John Oliver’s latest episode on HBO about Sinclare Broadcasting issues, I wanted to watch the episode. So, I logged into our HBO account and started to watch it. The Sinclare Broadcasting piece definitely raises serious concerns. But in addition, to my surprise, John Oliver started to[…]

Breaking: Last Minute Blow to H-1Bs- Memo Regarding Matter of S-Inc. (Multiple H1b Applications for Same Beneficiary)

Today, the day before we will file H1b applications for the lottery, USCIS presents us with a brand-new memo that will likely add to the 2018 adjudication chaos. The memo is based on the case of Matter of S-Inc which was reopened by USCIS on January 11, 2018 for the ‘purpose of making revisions’- presumably[…]

Breaking: Premium Processing Will Be Suspended for Cap-H1bs ONLY until September 10, 2018

A few moments ago, USCIS released a notice that premium processing will be suspended for H1b cap cases for both regular and Master’s cases. The suspension is expected until September 10th 2018.  The suspension will not apply to other types of H1b filings such as transfers or extensions (thank goodness- last year was tough with[…]

Tahmina’s top 6 points about the new H1b policy memo regarding third party sites

On February 23rd, 2018, USCIS released a new memo titled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”.  In this memo, USCIS creates new and onerous policy guidance about H1b adjudications.  Here are some of my thoughts about the memo: While the memo targets employers who place H1b workers at ‘third party worksites’[…]