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Written by: Ashik R. Jahan Esq. and Navroz Tharani F-1 Change of Status & The B-1/B-2 Bridge the Gap: In an effort to reduce costs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a new policy that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status to F-1 student to change or extend their nonimmigrant status while their initial F-1 Change of Status application is pending. This is

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. and Navroz Tharani In a recent decision, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, The Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are ineligible to become permanent residents based on their grant of TPS status alone. The TPS Program allows foreign nationals of a country designated by the Government as having unusually dangerous conditions to live and work in

Compiled by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-biden-set-ban-most-travel-us-india-limit-covid-19-spread-2021-04-30/  Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, particularly "the magnitude and scope" of the surge India is experiencing (1/3 of new global cases), the White House has issued new travel restrictions on India on the advice of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect the nation's public health from travelers entering the U.S. from India.  Similar restrictions are already

Compiled by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. The latest update from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on completing the initial H-1B electronic registration selection: FY 2022 - H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. On Jan. 7, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the H-1B Selection final rule, which amended the regulations governing the process by which USCIS selects H-1B registrations for the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. In short, under the Trump Administration, the H-1B lottery system would be modified to now favor those with higher wages. However, under the new Biden Administration, it was determined

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. President Biden plans sweeping immigration changes, including a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States; create an earned path to citizenship for Dreamers, farm workers, those in temporary protected status and essential workers, who risk their lives to serve and protect American communities. Biden also plans to sign executive actions on

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court of Northern California granted a preliminary injunction filed by several associations that had challenged the validity of President Trump’s Proclamation 10052, which suspended the issuance of nonimmigrant work visas (particularly J, L, and H category visas) in June of 2020 for a period lasting until December 13, 2020, or longer if necessary.”  According to the Trump

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. A new federal funding bill also includes some significant changes to the premium processing service offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Presently, USCIS provides premium processing for limited cases with a filing fee of $1,440.00 and adjudicates such filings within 15 calendar days.  Highlights of the new changes are below: Premium processing service will be made available for new case types,

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. USCIS fee increases were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020. However, a federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction blocking the fee increase. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White wrote that he based his injunction on several factors. He said the Trump administration did not adequately follow procedures for making new rules, including failing to consider the impact of the

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Each year, the State Department uses a lottery system to select visa recipients from a broad array of countries that are underrepresented in the United States. In April, President Trump banned diversity visa (DV) recipients from entering the country.  However, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas on September 5. As a background, the Diversity Visa Program was enacted