Updates

2017 Rice International Students Presentation

On Ocotber 4, 2017 Andrew H. Gee and Tania Glowinski Gonzalez are speaking at a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the Rice University. See presentation below. Want to sign up to our newsletter? Email Address First Name Last Name Company Click here to download: http://www.harrygee.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-Updated-Rice-PPT.pptx

USCIS Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustments

Starting October 1, 2017, USCIS will require in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status applicants. USCIS indicated on its website that the program will be phased-in, but no additional details have been provided regarding implementation. The most recent USCIS data indicates that approximately 122,000 persons obtained their permanent residency through employment-based Adjustment of Status in […]

Trump Administration to Phase-Out DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced it will phase-out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Department of Homeland Security has published a memorandum and FAQ outlining the agency’s timeline for the phase-out over the next six months. Five key takeaways include: After September 5, 2017, initial requests for DACA […]

USCIS Denying Advance Parole for Travel

USCIS has begun denying advance parole when a person travels during their application’s pendency. The immigration service previously indicated it would not issue such denials when the applicant was otherwise permitted to travel during their adjustment. Unfortunately, the current administration’s new practice is likely to create more inconveniences for frequent travelers. This policy change will […]

Department of State Contractors Contacting Employers

Harry Gee & Associates is receiving reports that Department of State (DOS) contractors are increasingly verifying information on the agency’s behalf. Because immigration scams are common, many companies have expressed concern about whether these contractors are legitimate U.S. government representatives. The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently confirmed that clientverification@state.gov is a valid DOS email address […]

USCIS Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

USCIS, in an attempt to prioritize the adjudication of its long pending H-1B extension petitions, is temporarily suspending their Premium Processing service for all H-1B petitions. USCIS intends to temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H1B applications beginning April 3rd and this service could remain suspended for up to 6 months. According to USCIS, the temporary […]

Travel Alert after EO

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order stating “I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry […]

Executive Order: January 27, 2017 – Travel Ban

On Friday, without advance notice the President signed an Executive Order directing the suspension of visa issuance and immigration benefits to “nationals of countries of particular concern”: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia. Shortly thereafter both non-immigrants and Permanent Residents nationals from those countries began being refused entry. This ban will be in […]

Regulation Updates

One of the last acts of the Obama administration will be updating the federal regulations to modernize several employment-based visa classifications. These new rules will go into effect on January 17, 2017. While many of the updates simply codify existing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policies into the regulations, there are significant additions that […]