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Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020

USCIS announced today that premium processing fees are set to increase, effective on Monday, October 19, 2020. True to form, the agency did not see fit to give any sort of advance notice or warning to those potentially affected. The move will increase premium processing for most categories (including H-1Bs, Ls, and eligible I-140s) from[…]

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BREAKING: Trump Administration Announces H-1B Visa Overhaul

Today, the DHS and DOL announced the much anticipated and dreaded rules, which affect H-1B visas and Prevailing Wage requirements for H-1Bs/PERMs, respectively. Both rules will be published as Interim Final Rules, meaning the agencies can forego the usual notice and comment requirements, with the DHS rule set to take effect 60 days from tomorrow[…]

Tahmina’s New Book Out! Legal Heroes in the Trump Era

We are thrilled to announce the release of Tahmina’s latest book “Legal Heroes in the Trump Era: Be Inspired. Expand Your Impact. Change the World”. The book can be purchased on Amazon and other outlets. It is on sale today for .99 cents only! Portions of the proceeds will be donated to three organizations- Lawyers[…]

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USCIS Response to Preliminary Injunction of Fee Rule

Following the nationwide preliminary injunction which stopped the new USCIS fee schedule from taking effect on Friday, USCIS responded in kind, claiming they are severely underfunded and this move would hurt the agency.   Copied from USCIS:   Release Date 09/30/2020 WASHINGTON-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director of Policy Joseph Edlow issued the following[…]

BREAKING: USCIS Fee Rule Halted in its Entirety and Enjoined

Some positive news in a time when good news on the immigration front is few and far between – the new USCIS fee schedule, which was set to significantly increase immigration fees across the board, has been enjoined nationwide by the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. The government is certain to[…]

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ICE To Propose Rule Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission for F, J, and I Nonimmigrants

In the most recent attack on immigration by this administration, ICE has proposed a new rule that will change the period of admission for F, J, and I visa holders to a fixed duration, departing from the long standing practice of admitting those individuals for “duration of status.” The proposed rule will also include a[…]

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UPDATE: October 2020 Visa Bulletin – Dates for Filing Chart to be Used for EB Preference Categories

Following up on our two previous blog posts from this morning, it appears that USCIS has now indicated that the Dates for Filing chart applies to those applicants wishing to file for their greencards under the employment-based preference categories. This is in contrast to previous information issued earlier this morning, but represents great news for many[…]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

After much delay and anticipation, the October 2020 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most of the employment based categories saw very significant forward movement, including, but not limited to, EB1 China and EB1 India. This was somewhat expected due to the decreased demand for visa numbers as a result of COVID and the closure/reduced[…]

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USCIS Updates I-944 Public Charge Guidance in Wake of Stay of Injunction

USCIS today updated its webpages regarding the I-485 and the public charge rule, notifying applicants that it will enforcing the public charge rule in the wake of the decision to stay the nationwide injunction, and that applicants filing for adjustment of status will need to include the Form I-944 and relevant supporting documentation. Most notably,[…]

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS announced today that they are once again extending their flexibility in responding to agency requests, expanding on their previous announcement from back at the end of March. The flexibility now applies to any RFEs, NOIDs, NOIRs, etc. received between March 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, and extends the response deadline an additional 60 days[…]