11/09/2018 – USCIS announced that starting November 19, 2018, USCIS may issue NTAs based on denials for additional forms. Forms I-914, I-918, I-360, I-929 and I-730 as well as I-485 when filed with these types of forms are going to be impacted. H-1B’s and I-129’s are still not being issued NTAs
11/09/2018 – President Trump issued a proclamation suspending, for a limited period, the entry of certain individuals traveling through Mexico and seeking entry the United States.
11/09/2018 – Ninth Circuit affirms preliminary injunction requiring DHS to adjudicate DACA applications for renewal of existing DACA recipients.
10/30/2018 – USCIS announces phased elimination of self-scheduling InfoPass appointments. Information Services Modernization Program ends self-scheduling of InfoPass appointments and instead encourages applicants to use USCIS online information resources to view general how-to information and check case statuses through the USCIS Contact Center. Recent improvements to online tools provide applicants the ability to obtain their case status and other immigration information without having to visit a local field office.
10/29/2018 – AP reports citizenship timelines are now as long as 2 years. Click APNEWS.COM
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On September 27, 2018, USCIS hosted a teleconference and discussed the policy memorandum regarding the issuance of NTA’s.
Notice to Appear (NTA) memo was issued on June 28, 2018, and will be incrementally implemented starting October 1, 2018.
– USCIS in general will not issue NTA immediately upon denial of a case though USCIS reserves the right to issue an NTA immediately. In general USCIS will wait for the expiration of motion/appeal period.
– Withdrawing an application does not cancel USCIS’ authority for issuance of NTA.
– USCIS policy will not be implemented with respect to employment-based and humanitarian filings such as H-1B etc for now and current rules will stay in place for such filings.
– I-539 filings (F-1 or H4 or B1/B2 Change of Status cases) and I-485 filings will be impacted by this memo for now.
– USCIS will setup a website to provide thee public with more additional guidance.
This policy is subject to change in future and one should stay updated with the latest rules and regulations as they constantly change.
DHS has informed the federal court on Sep 21, 2018, that they expect the proposed H4 EAD withdrawal rule to be published for public comments within 3 months. Based on the current projections this could potentially be in the first week of Jan 2019 or late Dec 2018.Read More »