Advance Parole May Soon Disappear

US Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) has started to strictly enforce the restrictions on advance parole. For example, as is stated in the instructions to the advance parole form (I-131), a departure while the advance parole is pending, if based on an adjustment of status (I-485) filing, will result in the abandonment of the I-485.[…]

The End of DACA

It is old news now but the Trump Administration has terminated President Obama’s Executive Order granting deferred departure and work authorization to the so-called “Dreamers”: those children brought into the US by their parents without legal status. Before we look at what all this means, and what may happen during the six-month reprieve granted by[…]

USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing for Non-Cap H-1s

Effective July 24, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for H-1 petitions filed by institutions of higher learning, affiliates of those institutions, as well as non-profit and governmental research organizations. USCIS previously suspended premium processing for all H-1 petitions in April 2017. Although the non-cap H-1 cases are now eligible for premium processing, there is no[…]

The Myth of H-1B Workers

On the front page of the April 19, 2017 edition of the Dallas Morning News the following title appeared: Trump Takes Aim at the H-1B Visa Program for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers. President Trump did issue an Executive Order regarding the H-1 visa category. However, the H-1 is not, and never has been, a category[…]

Will President-Elect Trump Eliminate H-1B Visas?

Like most immigration issues surrounding our next president and his administration, it is difficult to accurately predict what will happen. One of the interesting things about President Trump is that he has consistently stated that he is in favor of employment based immigration although Attorney General-Elect Jeff Sessions is against the H-1 “program” and, for[…]