Updates

Pilot Program for Canadian L-1s Applying in Blaine, WA

  Pilot Program for Canadian L-1s Applying in Blaine, WA U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced a new pilot program for processing L-1 Canadian NAFTA petitions. This pilot program is limited to the Blaine, WA port of entry (POE) and is currently scheduled to run from April 30 […]

Premium Processing Suspended

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 the USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all H-1 B Cap petitions for fiscal year 2019. The USCIS indicated it expects the suspension to last until September 10, 2018. While we normally do not recommend that our clients seek premium processing on H-1 Cap cases, there are […]

H-1B Webinar

A recording of our webinar held on February 15, 2018 that covered the H-1B lottery process and best practices for filing H-1Bs under the Trump Administration.

2017 Rice International Students Presentation

On Ocotber 4, 2017 Andrew H. Gee and Tania Glowinski Gonzalez are speaking at a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the Rice University. See presentation below. Want to sign up to our newsletter? Email Address First Name Last Name Company Click here to download: http://www.gzimmigration.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-Updated-Rice-PPT.pptx

USCIS Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustments

Starting October 1, 2017, USCIS will require in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status applicants. USCIS indicated on its website that the program will be phased-in, but no additional details have been provided regarding implementation. The most recent USCIS data indicates that approximately 122,000 persons obtained their permanent residency through employment-based Adjustment of Status in […]

Trump Administration to Phase-Out DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced it will phase-out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Department of Homeland Security has published a memorandum and FAQ outlining the agency’s timeline for the phase-out over the next six months. Five key takeaways include: After September 5, 2017, initial requests for DACA […]

USCIS Denying Advance Parole for Travel

USCIS has begun denying advance parole when a person travels during their application’s pendency. The immigration service previously indicated it would not issue such denials when the applicant was otherwise permitted to travel during their adjustment. Unfortunately, the current administration’s new practice is likely to create more inconveniences for frequent travelers. This policy change will […]

Department of State Contractors Contacting Employers

Harry Gee & Associates is receiving reports that Department of State (DOS) contractors are increasingly verifying information on the agency’s behalf. Because immigration scams are common, many companies have expressed concern about whether these contractors are legitimate U.S. government representatives. The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently confirmed that clientverification@state.gov is a valid DOS email address […]

USCIS Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

USCIS, in an attempt to prioritize the adjudication of its long pending H-1B extension petitions, is temporarily suspending their Premium Processing service for all H-1B petitions. USCIS intends to temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H1B applications beginning April 3rd and this service could remain suspended for up to 6 months. According to USCIS, the temporary […]