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USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

Occasionally, USCIS does things that are helpful (something we will hopefully see more of with the new incoming administration). Today, USCIS announced that, beginning this month, they will replace the sticker currently used to extend LPR status to greencard holders with a revised Form I-797 Notice of Action. This appears to be similar to the[…]

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January 2021 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The January 2021 Visa Bulletin was released last week shortly before Christmas. No major changes to note for the upcoming month except that USCIS has indicated that the Final Action Dates chart is to be used this month by applicants filing for their employment-based greencards.   Commentary:   January 2021   For all countries except India, China, Philippines,[…]

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Partial Injunctions on USCIS Public Charge Rule

The seemingly never-ending public charge saga continues, with the pendulum swinging the other direction. Public charge is now “off” again, at least in the states of CA, DC, ME, OR, PA, and WA. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit partially upheld two District Court injunctions on the public charge rule, declining to make the injunctions applicable nationwide[…]

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BREAKING: District Court Sets Aside DHS and DOL H-1B Wage Rules

A collective sigh of relief from the immigration law community, particularly business immigration practitioners, as a California U.S. District Court judge slapped down both the DHS H-1B rule and the DOL wage level rule, finding that both rules had been promulgated in violation of the APA and that the government “failed to show there was[…]

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December 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The December 2020 Visa Bulletin was released earlier this afternoon/evening. No major changes to note other than the date for filing for EB3 India retrogressing a full year, likely as a result of the significant amount of downgrade filings from the EB2 India category. The EB1 China and EB1 India categories continue to see fairly[…]

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USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS announced today its plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test, effective for all applicants applying for naturalization on or after December 1, 2020. Upon first glance, it appears the only substantive changes are that the number of potential questions is increasing from 100 to 128, the number of questions asked[…]

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BREAKING: Seventh Circuit Stays Decision to Vacate the Public Charge Rule

The yo-yo continues. Following Monday’s announcement that a District Court had vacated the public charge rule, this morning the 7th Circuit put an administrative stay on lower court’s ruling which vacated the public charge rule, meaning public charge is back ON again. Greencard applicants, at least for the time being, will have to submit their[…]

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BREAKING: District Court Vacates DHS Public Charge Rule Nationwide

The on-again, off-again public charge saga continues, as a District Court has vacated the DHS/USCIS final rule on public charge. The ruling takes effect immediately and USCIS may not apply the public charge as of today, meaning that applicants for greencards no longer have to submit the dreaded Form I-944 and its mountainous supporting documents.[…]

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November 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The November 2020 Visa Bulletin was finally released this morning, a mere 3 days before the end of the month, the latest a visa bulletin has ever been released in history. Fortunately, it carried good news, as the filing dates and final action dates were largely unchanged from the previous month. Additionally, USCIS has already[…]

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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[…]