After the USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna revealed that USCIS will end the practice of denying pending I-131 applications when an applicant travels overseas, USCIS recently updated its website with detailed information. Under the “Special Instructions” section of Form I-131, Applications for Travel Document, it states, “an individual may have an approved advance parole document

On August 3, 2018, the US District Judge for District of Columbia, John D. Bates, ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore the DACA program. In the decision, the court stated, “The Court therefore reaffirms its conclusion that DACA’s rescission was unlawful and must be set aside.” In addition, the court also denied the

Today, USCIS announced it has completed the H-1B cap FY 2019 random selection process on April 11. This year, USCIS received a total of 190,098 H-1B cap petitions during the H-1B cap FY 2019 filing period, which started on April 2.  The announcement means USCIS has completed the computer generated random selection process and selected

Recently, the American Immigration Council (Council) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) teamed up on a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking to “obtain the information needed to provide the public with an understanding of the operating procedures and Defendant USCIS follows when administering

USCIS has been working on mitigating the impact caused by the processing delay on I-129 petitions. In addition to transferring cases from Vermont Service Center to other Service Centers to balance caseloads, USCIS recently began allowing petitioners who filed Form I-129 requesting an extension of status or change of employer to contact USCIS after the

Recently, USCIS has transferred certain types of cases from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) or the California Service Center (CSC) to balance workload and decrease processing times.

The NSC will now process some of the following types of cases:

  • Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for petitioners requesting

Today, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule of Optional Practical Training (OPT) program which replaces the existing 2008 interim final rule regarding OPT for F-1 nonimmigrant students who have obtained a STEM degree. The final rule will take effect on May 10, 2016.

According to the news leases issued by ICE

As many are aware, H-1B nonimmigrant visa petition for FY 2017 may be filed starting April 1, 2016. For FY 2016, USCIS received approximately 233,000 cap subject petitions during the first five business days beginning April 1, 2016. This year, it is expected that more people will apply for H-1B than the number available (annual

As many of you are aware, the processing of H-1B extensions at both USCIS’ California Service Center (CSC) and Vermont Service Center (VSC) continues to be significantly delayed. Currently, the reported processing times for H-1B extensions at both service centers is mid-June 2015. This extreme delay is causing extraordinary hardship to affected employers and employees