News Update: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

Another concerning announcement coming from USCIS regarding a revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A, including a new biometrics fee requirement of $85 for many categories of applicants, including those applying for H-4 status.   Copied from USCIS:   We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our[…]

News Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary   February 2019 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 23 days to 1 December 2016, F2B preference advances 47 days to a PD of 1 May 2012, F4 category advances 31 days to 22 June 2005; EB1 advances 61 days to 1[…]

News Update: USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative P Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

We file a fair number of P-visa applications at our office. This news update is concerning given the arbitrary adjudications we have seen across employment-based cases. Copied from USCIS: Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future P nonimmigrant visa petition. A[…]

Tahmina Talks to SHRM About H1B Preregistration Proposed Rules

It was an honor to speak with SHRM‘s Roy Maurer about the DHS proposed rules published on Monday December 3rd 2018 which seek to change the H1B visa lottery process. You can read the article here.  If you have any comments or questions, we are happy to answer them!

Tahmina Talks to CNN About New DHS H1B Pregistration Proposed Rule

Last friday, November 30th, the Department of Homeland Security released ‘unpublished’ proposed rules regarding new H1B preregistration procedures. Those rules were formally published today on Monday December 3rd. I posted by ‘Quick and Dirty Review’ of the basic procedures here.  I was honored to share my thoughts with CNN’s Sara O’Brian.  Here is the link[…]

Much anticipated H1B rules for pre-registration is out!

This morning, DHS released new H1b rules for pre-registration. I am reading the rules and will give you a summary shortly. In the meantime, here is USCIS’s email notice that just arrived: Copied from USCIS notice: DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced[…]

USCIS to Continue Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear

The administration continues its efforts in curbing legal immigration.  The Notice to Appeal memo will be implemented in additional cases starting November 19th.  Below is a copy of the news update from USCIS.  You are welcome to contact us at info@watsonimmigrationlaw.com if you have any questions. Copied from the USCIS website: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration[…]