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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Global Entry Program and other Trusted Traveler Programs No Longer Eligible for New Yorkers


The Department of Homeland Security has suspended New Yorkers from Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs in a letter to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles dated February 5, 2020.

DHS contends that New York’s new Driver’s License Privacy Act (“the Act”) will cause homeland risk and has therefore taken immediate action in response - affecting New Yorker’s eligibility for Trusted Traveler Programs and Vehicle Exports, including the following:

• New York residents will no longer be eligible to enroll or re-enroll in CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs, specifically Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST (TTP accelerates processing into the United States from international destinations under Global Entry; for Canada only – under NEXUS; for Canada and Mexico only – under SENTRI; and quicker processing under FAST for commercial truck drivers entering/exiting the U.S.).

• Exporting used New York-titled and registered vehicles will be drastically delayed and might also become costlier.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

USCIS Implementing Electronic Registration Process for H-1B Cap 2021

On Friday, December 6, 2019, USCIS announced its implementation of its new H-1B lottery registration process after a successful pilot testing phase.  Employers will now need to first register electronically and remit a $10 registration fee when filing H-1B Cap-subject (including Cap-subject advanced degree exemption) petitions for FY (Fiscal Year) 2021.

USCIS will open an initial registration period starting March 1st and ending March 20, 2020.  This process will require employers to provide basic information about their company and each H-1B Cap candidate.  Thereafter the H-1B random selection process, if necessary, will be run on the H-1B Cap candidates that have been electronically registered.  Instead of preparing and submitting a full petition for all H-1B Cap candidates, only selected registrants who are eligible to file will be required to submit the full H-1B Cap-subject petitions to USCIS.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Public Charge Ground of Admissibility Postponed

Update - effective October 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York prohibited the USCIS and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing the DHS Public Charge Final Rule, specifically preventing the implementation of any new or updated forms that would be required under the Final Rule, including: Forms I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker), I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status), I-864 (Affidavit of Support), I-864 EZ (Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act), I-944 (Declaration of Self-Sufficiency), and Form I-945 (Public Charge Bond).  The newer Forms I-944 and I-945, produced exclusively for use in connection with the Public Charge Inadmissibility Law, were removed from the USCIS website shortly after this injunction.
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Monday, September 16, 2019

USCIS Proposes H-1B Electronic Registration Fee Rule

An advance copy of a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration submitted to USCIS for H-1B cap selection was released by USCIS on September 3, 2019 and published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2019. 

DHS published a final rule on January 31, 2019 requiring petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including eligible petitioners for the advanced degree exemption, to electronically register first with USCIS during a designated registration period unless the requirement was temporarily suspended.  If registration is required, only those H-1B candidates selected will be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition.  The final rule became effective on April 1, 2019 but USCIS suspended the registration requirement for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap filing season.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

USCIS Expands New Fee Payment System to New York and other Field Offices

On June 7, 2019, USCIS updated the fee payment system used in New York Field Offices, including offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Queens, and fully replaced the older fee payment system that was previously used.  Applicants will no longer be able to pay fees by money order or cashier’s check, and the only acceptable forms of payment using the new system are:

  • Debit card;
  • Credit card;
  • Reloadable prepaid credit or debit card;
  • Personal check;
  • Business check; or
  • Attorney check.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Data Entry for Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Completed

On May 17, 2019, USCIS announced their completion of H-1B cap-subject petitions data entry for fiscal year 2020, including petitions selected via USCIS’ computer-generated random selection process as well as those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS will Transfer Interview Cases Outside Normal Jurisdiction to Decrease Processing Times


In order to decrease location-based disparities in the processing times for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, USCIS will start transferring cases to field offices outside their normal jurisdiction for more efficient adjudication.
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Social Media Identifiers to be Collected from U.S. Visa Applicants


The Department of State revised its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to now request social media identifiers.  Specifically, in addition to information already requested on visa applications, such as travel history, family member information, and previous addresses, most U.S. visa applicants worldwide will now be required to also provide details regarding names or “handles” used on social media platforms (i.e.
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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS to Reject I-129 Petitions Lacking Applicant or Petitioner Primary U.S. office address

USCIS will start rejecting Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, where the name and primary U.S. office address of the petitioner or applicant are missing (in addition to other form requirements, such as incorrect fee, missing signature, and/or unauthorized third-party signature on behalf of the petitioner).  

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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS Begins Premium Processing for Remaining FY 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

USCIS began premium processing service for all remaining Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions on June 10, 2019.  Petitioners may now file a Request for Premium Processing Service (Form I-907) with the USCIS service center where their petitions are currently pending.  Note that premium processing service remains available for cap-exempt H-1B petitions such as requests for Extension of Stay. 

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Monday, June 24, 2019

USCIS Announces New eProcessing Strategy to Enable Expansion of Online Filing

On May 22, 2019, USCIS announced a new eProcessing strategy that will accelerate its transition to a digital business model.  eProcessing will therefore be completely digital from start to end and will include the ability to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS and receive a decision on a pending case in addition to receiving biometrics appointment notices, status updates, ability to respond to Requests for Evidence and update/change contact information.  Through eProcessing, USCIS will create official digital immigration records from time of application to final decision, and will continue to issue Forms I-797, Notices of Action, and Forms I-94, Arrival-Departure Records, as evidence of benefits granted.

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