Update on Partial Government Shutdown, 2018-2019

**UPDATE** on January 25, 2019, the President signed a short-term funding bill that reopened the federal government. The bill does not include funds to construct a border wall, and only includes funding through February 15, 2019. Congress passed the bill immediately, but another partial shutdown could occur again if Congress and the White House do Read More »

Validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

November 15, 2018: Effective November 1, 2018, USCIS revised its policy guidance on the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, commonly referred to as the “medical exam.” According to the updated policy, USCIS will require applicants to submit this form (signed by a USCIS-approved civil surgeon) no more than Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Requiring Acceptance of DACA Renewals

November 9, 2018: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a District Court’s nationwide injunction requiring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue to accept DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) application renewals while a lawsuit challenging the Administration’s termination of DACA continues. In affirming the lower court’s ruling and injunction, the Ninth Read More »

TPS Status Preserved and Extended due to October 2018 Court Order

October 31, 2018: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register that temporarily preserves Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. All were countries whose nationals were set to lose their TPS status over the course of the next year: Sudan on November Read More »

Changes to the Public Charge inadmissibility grounds

October 10, 2018: The Trump Administration has proposed changes to rules regarding how the acceptance of certain public benefits may impact admissibility to the U.S., including the ability to change or extend nonimmigrant status. As summarized by Fragomen Worldwide (immigration law firm): “The proposed regulation would impose stricter standards for determining whether an applicant for Read More »

Premium Processing Fee to Increase on October 1, 2018

September 4, 2018:¬†USCIS has announced that effective October 1, 2018, it will raise the Premium Processing fee to $1,410 (from the current amount of $1,225). All eligible petitions and¬†applications received by USCIS on or after that date requesting this expedited service must include the higher fee. Premium Processing is a service offered by USCIS in Read More »

Important Immigration Policy Changes

August 23, 2018: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently announced two very significant policy changes affecting the way it will adjudicate petitions and applications, including those for employment-based classifications sponsored by NC State. Effective September 11, 2018, USCIS officers can deny any Read More »