Increase in Requests for Evidence for All Types of Petitions

By: Toni Ordona On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum, PM-602-0151 titled, “Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status”, which instructs USCIS officers to stop deferring to previous nonimmigrant petitions, when adjudicating the […]
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No More Deference: How USCIS Will Review Requests for Extentions

By: Elizabeth Goings In its latest round of updates, on October 23, 2017, USCIS issued a policy memorandum (PM-602-0151) which addresses how officers should review nonimmigrant petitions at the time of extension. Moving forward, USCIS will adjudicate all extension petitions at the same level of review it does for initial petitions for nonimmigrant categories such […]
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Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

By: Navdeep Meamber Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions, which include H-1B cap, H-1B amendment, H-1B extension and H-1B transfer. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Under the premium process, […]
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