Recent USCIS Policy Memos on RFEs/NOIDs & Notices to Appear (NTAs) to Impact a Wide Range of Visa Holders

POLICY UPDATE Implications of USCIS Policy Memos concerning (1) Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens and (2) Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.5(a), Chapter 10.5(b) Two recent policy memoranda issued by the […] Read more..

USCIS Policy Change has Serious Implications for Students & Exchange Visitors in F, J, or M Status

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued policy guidance that changes the way it calculates unlawful presence for foreign students and exchange visitors in F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrant status, as well as their F-2, J-2, and M-2 dependents. Under the previously established policy, the accrual of unlawful presence for F, J, and […] Read more..

USCIS Policy Update affecting Virtually all Nonimmigrant Classifications Filed using Form I-129.

USCIS has issued updated policy guidance this week which directs officers to apply the same level of scrutiny when adjudicating both initial petitions and extension requests. The updated policy guidance applies to virtually all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129. Previously, officers were to give deference when a petition had been approved and an extension […] Read more..

Executive Order Update

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled Buy American and Hire American.  In the Hire American section of the order, the President has directed the Department of State (DOS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review current laws applicable to the H-1B […] Read more..