Immigration Blog

Wendy Barlow's picture

Designated Site for Libyan IV Processing Now U.S. Embassy in Tunis

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is now the primary site for processing immigrant visas for Libyan nationals living in Libya. The designated site for Libyan nationals living in Libya was previously the U.S. Embassy in Casablanca, Morocco.

Wendy Barlow's picture

IV Processing for Venezuelan Residents Transferred to U.S. Embassy in Bogota

On February 26, 2019, the Department of State (DOS) announced that the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, has suspended routine visa services due to the departure of non-essential personnel from the Embassy. Accordingly, the DOS designated the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, as the primary site for processing immigrant visas for residents of Venezuela.

Eliza Grinberg's picture

USCIS Publishes New Editions of Form I-539 and Form I-539A

On March 8, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new and revised edition of the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Starting on March 22, 2019, the March 8, 2019 edition of the Form I-539 will be the only acceptable edition of the Form I-539. Thus, any prior edition of the Form I-539 filed on or after March 22, 2019, will be rejected.

Wendy Barlow's picture

New Electronic Payment System For 18 USCIS Field Offices

The USCIS has implemented a new electronic payment system at 18 USCIS field offices.

Eliza Grinberg's picture

Full Resumption of H1B Premium Processing

On March 11, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H1B petitions. Premium processing of certain H1B petitions had been suspended for extended periods over the past couple of years.

Alexander J. Segal's picture

Over 27,000 Visa Applications Denied in 2018 Due to "Travel Ban"

On February 26, 2019, Reuters reported that the Department of State (DOS) refused more than 37,000 visa applications in 2018 under President Donald Trump’s Presidential Proclamation 9645, colloquially known as the “travel ban.” DOS denied 21,645 applications for nonimmigrant visas and 15,384 applications for immigrant visas in 2018 under the travel ban. The DOS granted approximately 2,200 waivers of the entry restrictions for nationals from affected countries.

Wendy Barlow's picture

USCIS Contact Center Experiencing Higher Than Normal Wait Times

On February 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) advised customers that the USCIS Contact Center is experiencing higher than normal wait times for callers to speak to a USCIS representative.

Eliza Grinberg's picture

USCIS Reaches H2B Cap for Second Half of FY-2019

On February 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H2B petitions to meet the H2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2019. February 19, 2019, was the final receipt date for H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2019. Accordingly, the USCIS will reject any new cap-subject H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2019.

Alexander J. Segal's picture

DOS Prepares to Merge Consulate-General in Jerusalem With Embassy

On January 8, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum for the Secretary of State authorizing him to close the United States Consulate General in Jerusalem and merge its functions into the United States Embassy for Israel. The President’s memorandum was published at 84 FR 3961 (Feb. 13, 2019).

Wendy Barlow's picture

William P. Barr Sworn in as U.S. Attorney General

On February 14, 2019, the United States Senate confirmed William P. Barr as the 85th Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 54-45. Attorney General Barr was sworn in on the same day. He previously led the Department of Justice as the 77th Attorney General during the administration of former President George H.W. Bush from November 26, 1991, to January 20, 1993.

Pages