News Updates

Updates to USCIS Employment-Based Greencard Interview Procedures

October 19, 2017 Larrabee

LAC previously notified our clients that effective October 1, 2017, USCIS would begin conducting in-person interviews of all applicants seeking employment-based (EB) greencards. Since announcing the implementation of these new procedures, USCIS has issued the following updates: Which cases will require an interview? Every applicant who filed...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

October 3, 2017 Larrabee

Today USCIS issued the below press release, indicating they have resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions requesting an extension of stay.  USCIS adds that "Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions."  However, this message is unclear, as not all H-1B petitions...

DHS to Collect Social Media Information on All Immigrants

Larrabee

DHS to Collect Social Media Information on All Immigrants A new rule (Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records) published on September 18, 2017 will allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect social media information on all immigrants.  The social media information being collected will...

New Travel Ban Announced

October 2, 2017 Larrabee

The Trump Administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Restrictions vary by country as follows: Countries included in the new travel ban: Chad: Suspends the entry of immigrants and temporary visitors on business or tourist...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

September 18, 2017 Larrabee

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing on September 18, 2017 for all pending H-1Bs filed under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap.  Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service.  For an additional filing fee of $1225, USCIS guarantees a 15-day response time. Premium...

H-1B Site Visits: Guidance for Employers

September 11, 2017 Larrabee

As we reported in April, USCIS is continuing its initiative to increase H-1B site visits.  Accordingly, employers and H-1B visa beneficiaries may wish to review the below guidance to be prepared for such a visit. H-1B Site Visits:  Guidance for Employers BACKGROUND The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...