UNITED STATES – New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

Effective 1 October 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing its 28 June 2018 policy memorandum, prioritising the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.

The new policy expands the issuance of Notice to Appear (NTA) documents, the beginning of formal deportation proceedings, to foreign nationals who are denied a visa extension or change of status or whose visa expires during an application.

However, USCIS has confirmed that the new policy will not be implemented with respect to employment-based or humanitarian petitions at this time. However, USCIS may issue further guidance extending the new policy to employment-based applications in the future.

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UNITED STATES – New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

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UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Originally intended to last until 10 September 2018, USCIS now expects the expanded suspensions to last until 19 February 2019.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

On 28 June 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum providing guidance on Executive Order 13768 on the enhancement of public safety through immigration policies. The policy, originally intended to take effect by 28 July 2018, will now be implemented once operational guidance has been issued.

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UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

On 6 April 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2019 (1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for individuals holding a US master’s or other advanced degree.

On 11 April USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the cap.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

Effective 12 March 2018, the United States embassy in Paris, France, has closed its “Golden Arrow” program for expedited E visas for critical employees of registered large multinational corporations. Delays should be anticipated as a result.

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UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio Kattar.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, in order to reduce overall H-1B processing times, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting 2 April 2018.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Updates Policy on Third-Party Worksites

Effective 22 February 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a memorandum with new guidance on H-1B petitions for employees working at third-party worksites.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Updates Policy on Third-Party Worksites

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