Immigration Alerts


Bay Area CBP Officers No Longer Stamping Passports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, as of October 1, 2022, CBP officers at airports in the San Francisco Area Port jurisdiction, including SFO, SJC, and OAK, will no longer be stamping passports as a matter of course. This follows other ports of entry that are implementing a "stampless entry" pilot program.



Update Regarding Expansion of Premium Processing #2

This is a follow-up to our May 24th article on USCIS’s expansion of premium processing.


Update Regarding Expansion of Premium Processing

This is a follow-up to our March 31st article on USCIS’s effort to expand premium processing.


EAD Automatic Extension Period Will Increase From 180 to 540 Days

Today, USCIS announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), available to certain EAD renewal applicants, from 180 to 540 days (360 days of additional automatic extension time). The increase, which will be effective on May 4, 2022, will help avoid gaps in employment for those with pending EAD renewal applications.


Expansion of Premium Processing: Still No Definitive Start Date

This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided an update for expanding Premium Processing (PP).


H-1B Cap Lottery Completed

Yesterday, on March 29th, USCIS announced that the H-1B random selection (lottery) process has concluded and that it has informed registrants and attorneys of the selection result through “MyUSCIS” accounts.


USCIS To Issue Updated Notices for L-2 and E Status Spouses To Evidence Employment Authorization

In November 2021, USCIS announced that L and E spouses are now employment authorized incident to their E or L nonimmigrant status.  Subsequent to that announcement, on January 30, 2022, USCIS and CBP began issuing I-94s with the letter “S” (e.g., L-2S, E-1S, E-2S and E-3S) for E and L spouses. I-94s with the letter “S” became acceptable as evidence of employment authorization, without EAD (under List C of Form I-9).  However, spouses who received their I-94 before January 30th still have I-94s without the letter “S”, and thus still lack evidence of work authorization without an EAD.


USCIS Confirms H1B Cap Selection Process

USCIS has confirmed that the registration period for FY 2023 H-1B cap cases will begin on March 1st at 9 AM (Pacific Time), and end on March 18th at 9 AM (Pacific Time).