OFLC Announces Updates to Implementation of the Wage Protections Interim Final Rule in Compliance with District Court Order

2020-12-04T17:09:57+00:00Dec 4, 2020|

On December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. DHS, et al., No. 20-cv-7331, finding that the U.S. Department of Labor (the Department) failed to show it had good cause to forgo advance notice and comment under the Administrative Procedure [...]

Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020

2020-10-19T13:32:10+00:00Oct 19, 2020|

USCIS today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1. The USCIS premium processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee to expedite the adjudication of certain forms, [...]

DOL and USCIS issue interim Final Rules

2020-10-08T14:22:55+00:00Oct 8, 2020|

I.  DOL Interim Final Rule on Computation of Prevailing Wage Levels The Department of Labor is issuing rules amending the regulations governing permanent labor certifications and Labor Condition Applications to incorporate changes to the computation of prevailing wage levels. The IFR will be published today, 10/8/20, and will be effective on the date of [...]

H/L Dependents, F, H-4 EAD, EADs, Multinational Executive/Manager I-140s Granted Premium Processing

2020-10-02T12:08:49+00:00Oct 2, 2020|

On September 30, 2020 the President signed H.R. 8337 the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, which will fund the government through December 11, 2020. Included in the Act is language from the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act (H.R. 8089), which seeks to address USCIS’s budget shortfall. The relevant language begins on page 30 [...]

Fee Schedule for I-485 and other USCIS Filings

2020-10-01T13:09:50+00:00Oct 1, 2020|

On September 29, 2020, a district court stayed the implementation and the effective date of the August 2020 Final Rule, which changed the fee schedule and required new versions of several forms, in its entirety pending final adjudication of this matter. (ILRC et al., v. Wolf, et al., 9/29/20) As of September 30, 2020, many of you [...]

USCIS Fee increase Table. New Fee effective 10/02/2020

2020-09-01T18:01:10+00:00Sep 1, 2020|

Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee funded. Fees collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account fund nearly 97% of USCIS’ budget. As required by federal law, USCIS conducted a comprehensive biennial fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services. Under a [...]

Form I-9 Verification During EAD Production Delays Due to COVID-19

2020-08-20T15:25:30+00:00Aug 20, 2020|

USCIS announced that due to EAD production delays, employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) as a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, List C #7 document [...]

Presidential Proclamation Limiting Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants

2020-06-23T01:43:40+00:00Jun 23, 2020|

This evening, President Trump issued a proclamation continuing Proclamation 10014 from April 22nd   At the outset, here is what you need to know: Most domestic immigration – H-1Bs, L-1s, Os, Ps and all other forms of nonimmigrant visas including, H-1B CAP filings are unaffected Change of Employment and Extensions of nonimmigrant status can continue [...]

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