News | Root Law Group

News

USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for April 2019

For Family-Sponsored Filings: You must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2019. For Employment-Based Preference Filings: You must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2019.   Source:  AILA Doc. No. 19031832.

Read more...

FY2020 H-1B Premium Processing

Start of FY 2020 Cap Season USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019, and will reject any FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 1. Premium Processing for FY 2020 Cap-Subject Petitions Premium processing will be offered in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 […]

Read more...

Premium Processing for FY2020 H-1B

USCIS announced that it would be resuming premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, for all H-1B petitions. This announcement is not specific to the FY2020 H-1B cap filing season. Details about the FY2020 H-1B cap season will be addressed in a separate announcement.   Source: AILA Doc. No. 19031339.

Read more...

Visa Bulletin for April 2019

DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for April 2019. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes a note regarding final action date movements.  

Read more...

DHS Announces Extension of TPS Designation for South Sudan

DHS Secretary Nielsen announced the extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for South Sudan for 18 months, through November 2, 2020. The decision to extend TPS for South Sudan was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country’s designation is based. Following careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received […]

Read more...

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

Today, USCIS published on the USCIS website revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Both forms have an edition date of 2/4/19 and an expiration date of 8/31/20. USCIS has also published new form instructions for these forms to the USCIS website. As of today, USCIS […]

Read more...

Filing Subsequent L-1 Petitions for Canadian Applicants at Ports of Entry

The AILA CBP Liaison Committee has received multiple reports from AILA members that certain ports of entry (POE) along the Canadian border are refusing to process subsequent L-1 applications presented by Canadians pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While AILA has received sporadic reports of this issue throughout several POEs, the reports […]

Read more...

DOS Announces U.S. Embassy in Tunis Begins Processing Libyan Immigrant Visas

DOS announced that the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, has been designated as the primary site to process immigrant visas for Libyan nationals residing in Libya. Due to visa restrictions placed on Libyan nationals by the Government of Morocco, the U.S. Embassy in Casablanca, Morocco, will no longer be a designated site for Libyan nationals […]

Read more...

USCIS Notice on Extension of TPS Documentation for Beneficiaries from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador

USCIS notice announcing the automatic extension of TPS documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador until 1/2/20 in order to ensure continued compliance with the preliminary injunction in Ramos v. Nielsen. (84 FR 7103, 3/1/19). SUMMARY: Through this notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces actions to ensure […]

Read more...

USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-539 Required on March 11, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman released an announcement reminding stakeholders that USCIS will publish on its website and only accept revised Form I-539 and Form I-539A (edition date 02/04/19) starting March 11, 2019. The CIS Ombudsman also shared with the public copies of the unofficial versions of the revised Form […]

Read more...