Premium Processing Will Be Available for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

For the past two years, immigration law officials have suspended premium processing for new H-1B visa petitions to make the workload more manageable. However, USCIS has recently announced that expedited service will be available to new applicants filing in the FY2020 lottery, as well as those petitioning for a change in status. To effectively manage the influx of petitions, USCIS will be instituting a two-phase system, beginning on April 1, 2019.

Re-Registration Now Open for South Sudanese Nationals With Temporary Protected Status

In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to refugees from South Sudan, due to the armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions ravaging the country. Because those dangers have not subsided, on March 8 immigration law officials announced an 18-month extension of its TPS designation, which was scheduled to end in early May. Any beneficiaries who wish to take advantage of this extension must re-register with United States Citizens and Immigration Services.