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19Oct, 2020

Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020

Oct 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 [...]

8Oct, 2020

DOL and USCIS issue interim Final Rules

Oct 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 [...]

2Oct, 2020

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

Oct 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 [...]

1Oct, 2020

Fee Schedule for I-485 and other USCIS Filings

Oct 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 [...]

1Sep, 2020

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

Sep 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. [...]

20Aug, 2020

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

Aug 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 [...]

23Jun, 2020

Presidential Proclamation Limiting Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants

Jun 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 [...]

18Jun, 2020

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Guidance and Rescinds Two Policy Memos Regarding the Adjudication of Certain H-1B Petitions

Jun 18, 2020|

USCIS issued a memo rescinding two policy memoranda regarding the adjudication of certain petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant classification. USCIS is issuing updated policy guidance in their place. The rescinded memos are:    Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for Adjudication of H-1B Petitions, Including Third-Party Site Placements (Reference AFM Chapter 31.3(g)(16) ), HQ 70/6.2.8 (AD 10-24), issued [...]

18Jun, 2020

USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

Jun 18, 2020|

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129 and Form I-140, with effective dates during June on which USCIS will begin accepting premium processing requests for specific applications. Effective June 22, USCIS plans to resume premium processing for all Form I-129 petitions.  

14Apr, 2020

USCIS news release on COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings

Apr 14, 2020|

USCIS issued a news release with options for nonimmigrants who may unexpectedly remain in the U.S. beyond their authorized period of stay due to COVID-19. USCIS advises that they individuals can file EOS/COS applications, and VWP entrants can request an additional 30-day period of satisfactory departure. Read the news release. [...]

3Apr, 2020

USCIS Announces FY2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

Apr 3, 2020|

USCIS announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption,may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. A petitioner is only eligible to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition if they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration [...]

30Mar, 2020

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection has Commenced

Mar 30, 2020|

The USCIS has commenced the selection of H-1B registrations. You may begin seeing selected candidates in your MyUSCIS account. As indicated in an earlier post, USCIS intends to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named [...]

27Mar, 2020

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

Mar 27, 2020|

USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). USCIS randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted. USCIS intend to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition [...]

25Mar, 2020

Can H-1Bs and other nonimmigrants apply for unemployment benefits?

Mar 25, 2020|

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, several businesses and employees have been impacted. Several questions arise in this context regarding status, unemployment benefits and the all-important question as to whether seeking and receiving unemployment benefits would be considered a public benefit under the public charge rule. To address the possibility that some aliens [...]

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