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USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

The day has finally come. USCIS has announced the implementation of the electronic registration process for next year’s H-1B lottery, forever changing the landscape of H-1Bs. Instead of preparing and filing completed H-1B petitions and then finding out whether or not that petition was selected in the lottery, employers (or their attorneys) will now electronically[…]

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December 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The December 2019 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today. Once again, nothing particularly noteworthy except that the employment-based categories for India continue to see no movement.   Commentary:   December 2019   For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date remains current, F2B preference advances 31 days to a PD[…]

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Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces Designation of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program

Poland is the latest country to be designated into the Visa Waiver Program, meaning that, as of November 11, 2019, Polish citizens will be able to apply to travel to the United States for up to 90 days for purposes of business or pleasure without first obtaining a U.S. visa. A small piece of good[…]

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$10 H1B Registration Fee Now Final

This morning, USCIS announced that the rule to finalize a $10 fee for the new H1B preregistration process is now complete. That means, when the new process goes into effect next year, each application to register an H1B employee will be charged at $10.  As more information becomes available, we will update you.  We too[…]

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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

USCIS announced that, effective November 29th, the premium processing fee is increasing from $1,410 to $1,440. This is only a $30 increase, but it will be worth monitoring to see whether small fee increases become more frequent.   Copied from USCIS:   Fee Increase Consistent with the Consumer Price Index Release Date: Oct. 30, 2019 WASHINGTON —[…]

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Significant Changes In Store For H-1B Filings In 2020

As we all know, significant changes are in store for H-1Bs for FY2020, perhaps the biggest since the implementation of the program. USCIS envisions implementing a registration period where companies will pay a minimal $10 fee and provide information about themselves, the beneficiary they intend to hire, and basic information about the job. USCIS will[…]

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

After another longer-than-usual wait, the November 2019 Visa Bulletin was finally released yesterday. No particularly noteworthy developments this month. Most categories saw a decent amount of forward movement, with the exception of EB1 India, which remained at its 1 January 2015 priority date. The outlook for that category is not ideal, as it is expected[…]

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Cuccinelli Announces USCIS’ FY 2019 Accomplishments and Efforts to Implement President Trump’s Goals

Today, USCIS released a self-congratulatory statement emphasizing its FY 2019 statistics and accomplishments, particularly in the context of implementing and enforcing Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli praised the agency’s “significant steps to mitigate loopholes in our asylum system, combat fraudulent claims, and strengthen the protections we have in place.” Of course, those of[…]

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“Public Charge” Rule ENJOINED Nationwide

Friday afternoon saw the judicial hammer dropped, as the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a nationwide preliminary injuction against the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed “Public Charge” rule, which was set to take effect in mere days. A much welcome victory on the immigration front, the decision saw[…]

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The Perils of “Public Charge”

On October 15th 2019, the processing of immigration cases will turn on its head. It’s no exaggeration. With the introduction of ‘public charge’ by way of form I-944 (declaration of self-sufficiency), the green card adjudication process will face it’s biggest change since immigration began. In family-based cases, not only will people have to file the[…]