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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Affirmative Asylum Applicants Can Now Check Case Status Online

On January 28, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that affirmative asylum applicants with pending applications can now check the status of their applications at uscis.gov/casestatus.

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing of FY-2019 Cap-Subject H1B Petitions

On January 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is resuming premium processing for all H1B nonimmigrant visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2019 cap. The news alert states that petitioners who have received requests for evidence (RFEs) in relation to pending fiscal year 2019 H1B petitions may submit a request for premium processing along with their RFE response.

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USCIS Creates Online Fee Calculator For Lockbox Forms

On January 8, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled its new Online Fee Calculator. The USCIS explained that the Online Fee Calculator is designed to “assist members of the public in calculating the correct fee amount to include when filing their forms with USCIS at an agency lockbox facility.”

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USCIS Permanently Closes Havana Field Office

On December 10, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had permanently closed the USCIS Field Office in Havana, Cuba, on that same day. In the aftermath of the closure of the USCIS Havana Field Office, the USCIS Field Office in Mexico City “will assume the Havana Field Office’s jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters for individuals who are in Cuba.”

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