On Wednesday, May 08, 2019, the Trump administration temporarily expanded the H-2B visa program from 66,000 annual temporary visas to 100,000. This increase will allow an additional 30,000 seasonal workers for fiscal year 2019. This change in attitude by the current administration is interesting in that the White House generally supports policies to curb immigration….

Federal investigators have arrested at least 50 people in Texas on Monday, May 13, 2019, for participating in a sham marriage scheme that charged foreigners up to $70,000 to help obtain legal immigration status in the U.S. The criminal enterprise operated out of the Houston area and arranged the fake marriages with U.S. citizens who would receive a cut…

DHS will not will not implement or enforce the decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS ) for Honduras or Nepal pending final disposition of the Ramos v. Nielsen, No. 18–16981 (9th Cir. filed Oct. 12, 2018) appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or by other order of the court. . Beneficiaries under…

President Trump issued a proclamation on May 8, 2019 extending for 90 days the suspension and limitation of entry at the southern border. The initial proclamation renders certain individuals ineligible to be granted asylum. Such interim rule would begin running if the court imposed injunction by the United States District Court judge in the Northern…

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a proposed rule on Friday, May 10, 2019, that would bar access to public housing for unauthorized immigrants and their families on the premise of reducing wait times for housing assistance. At this time the proposed rule has not been finalized into a final binding rule.

Last Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Trump administration proposed an immigration plan aimed at more closely connecting immigration visas to jobs, rather than being based on family ties or refugee admissions. The plan would seek to tilt immigration toward workers with extraordinary talent, sought-after specialized vocations and exceptional students. To some degree, that shift may be…

The Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, can be filed online with USCIS by an individual applicant (without co-applicants, or legal or accredited representation) to extend stay and if the applicant holds status as a: B-1 temporary visitor for business; B-2 temporary visitor for pleasure; F-1 academic student with a specific status expiration date;…

Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is right around the corner. This is an opportunity to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. It is important to remember them and their stories and to put a human face on history. As part of the “children of the 1960s,” I remember the tail end of the…

USCIS has released a new version for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The new edition is dated 1/31/19 and starting 5/20/19, USCIS will only accept this edition.

All immigrant visa applicants are required to submit to a medical examination at the time of an application for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate. In addition, some applicants for nonimmigrant visas may also be referred for medical screening if a consular officer has reason to believe the applicant may be inadmissible under health-related…