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National Vetting Center Established

National Vetting Center Established

On February 6, 2018, President Trump issued a memorandum establishing the National Vetting Center, a new centralized center to facilitate immigration security checks.  The National Vetting Center will coordinate the actions of the Department of Homeland Security,...

New Compliance Features For Visa Waiver Program Travelers

New Compliance Features For Visa Waiver Program Travelers

On January 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new feature that permits individuals traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to determine whether they are in compliance with their status.  Individuals traveling under either the VWP or...

H-1B Cap FY2019 – It is that time of year again!

H-1B Cap FY2019 – It is that time of year again!

UPDATE:  On January 25, 2018, U.S. CIS Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS) confirmed that it is not anticipating any procedural changes for the FY2019 H-1B cap season.  Accordingly, once the FY2019 H-1B cap is met, CIS is expected to adopt a “random...

DAPA/DACA+ Divides Supreme Court

DAPA/DACA+ Divides Supreme Court

Update: On January 13, 2018, USCIS began accepting DACA renewal requests pursuant to court order.  USCIS is not accepting new requests for first-time DACA applications, but is accepting extension requests for individuals who were previously granted deferred action...

Increased Worksite Enforcement – ICE Immigration Raids

Increased Worksite Enforcement – ICE Immigration Raids

UPDATE:  On January 10, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced its three-prong approach to conducting worksite enforcement: compliance, through I-9 inspections, civil fines, and referrals for debarment; enforcement and the arrest of employers...

Changes to H-1B Extension Rules?

Changes to H-1B Extension Rules?

On January 8, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clarified that it was not considering changing its interpretation of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21) which provides for H-1B extensions beyond the six-year limit...

USCIS Clarifies Economist Classification for TN

USCIS Clarifies Economist Classification for TN

On December 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released additional guidance on the Economist classification used in the TN classification.  The TN status is utilized by Canadian and Mexican nationals to enter the United States on...

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