Exceptions to Suspension of Entry Due to COVID Surge in India – What to Know and How to Apply for a National Interest Exception Waiver

2021-05-13T21:13:33+00:00May 13, 2021|

Introduction For the past 10 days, we have been fielding calls from clients who have a compelling need to travel to, or from India. Unfortunately, the Presidential Proclamation[1] that went into effect on May 4th has made an already complex situation, more difficult. The US Embassies in India have suspended all routine non immigrant [...]

DOL Final Rule on Computation of Prevailing Wage Levels

2021-01-15T17:22:04+00:00Jan 15, 2021|

The DOL published a final rule adopting, with changes, the interim final rule published at 85 FR 63872. The Rule is amending the regulations governing permanent labor certifications and Labor Condition Applications to incorporate changes to the computation of prevailing wage levels. The rule is effective 3/15/21. (86 FR 3608, 1/14/21).  Read the final rule.

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

2021-01-15T16:31:09+00:00Jan 15, 2021|

USCIS announced that starting in January 2021, it will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”) with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The revised [...]

USCIS lockbox updates

2021-01-13T18:41:26+00:00Jan 13, 2021|

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, USCIS is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at a USCIS lockbox facility. As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume and other external factors, you may experience a delay of four to six weeks in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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