RSST Law Group sends regular updates (a.k.a. "News Flashes") to our clients and other interested parties to keep them informed of significant immigration developments. We also periodically circulate an email newsletter to clients and other interested parties to keep them informed of significant immigration developments, firm happenings, and additional information that we deem timely and of interest to our readers. Below you can find an archive of past Firm newsletters and recent / relevant News Flashes.
Relevant News Flashes
Update on Employment-Based I-485 Interview Requirement (10/3/2017)
USCIS has indicated that I-485 interviews for employment-based applicants began this week, and will be required for all applicants whose I-485s were filed after March 6, 2017.
Presidential Proclamation Restricting Travel from Certain Countries (9/25/2017)
On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation implementing restrictions on entry into the U.S. for travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.
What you Need to Know about DACA and Supporting Dreamers (9/14/2017)
On September 5, 2017, USCIS began a six month phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Click through for additional details about DACA, the rescission of the program, pending legislation, and what you can do to help advocate in support of "Dreamers".
USCIS to Require Interviews for Green Card Applicants (8/29/2017)
Beginning October 1, 2017, USCIS will phase-in in-person interviews for employment-based green cards, a requirement which has been waived for many years.
Supreme Court to Review Travel Ban (6/27/2017)
The Supreme Court announced yesterday it will review President Trump's "travel ban" in October. In the meantime, it lifted an injunction against implementaiton of portions of the Executive Order.
International Travel FAQs (6/7/2017)
With summer travel season upon us and extreme vetting in the news, click to access our Fact Sheet on international travel, along with some information regarding administrative processing of visa applications.
Executive Order: Buy American, Hire American (4/19/2017)
President Trump signed an Executive Order which, among other things, instructs various agencies to review immigration regulations and propose changes to better protect American workers.
Temporary Suspension of Second Travel Ban (3/16/2017)
The travel ban on certain nonimmigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been temporarily suspended, as has the ban on refugee admissions and adjudications.
New Executive Order and Travel Ban (3/6/2017)
President Trump has rescinded the January 27 Executive Order, "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Natioanls" and issued a new order which institutes a 90-day travel ban for certain individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syran and Yemen and also suspends refugee admissions and adjudications for 120 days.
Temporary Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing (3/6/2017)
USCIS has announced that, effective April 3, 2017, premium processing service for H-1B petitions will be suspended for up to 6 months to allow adjudicators to focus on the backlog of pending H-1Bs.
Temporary Suspension of Travel Ban (2/6/2017)
The travel ban for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been temporarily suspended.
President Trump issues Executive Orders on Immigration (1/25/2017)
President Trump issued two Executive Orders relating to immigration today – one regarding border security along the southern border and the other regarding Sanctuary Cities and priority removal of certain foreign nationals. A third Executive Order is expected tomorrow which will temporarily halt admissions from certain countries and will also temporarily halt refugee admissions, among other provisions.
USCIS Final Rule to Enhance Job Portability (11/23/2016)
In a new Rule effective January 17, 2017, USCIS has codified and expanded upon long-standing interpretations of AC21, and introduced several new policies and practices with regard to nonimmigrant and immigrant job portability, particularly during the permanent residence process.
USCIS is Raising its Fees (10/24/2016)
Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS filing fees will increase by a weighted average of 21%.
Ross Silverman LLP becomes RSST Law Group (5/16/2016)
On May 16, 2016, the firm's name changed to Ross Silverman Snyder Tietjen LLP, the RSST Law Group.
DHS Expands STEM OPT Extension to 24 months (3/16/2016)
Effective May 10, 2016, STEM OPT extensions will be available to certain F-1 students for 24 months instead of 17 months, but the new provision adds employer and student obligations to the program.