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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[…]

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BREAKING: Trump To Suspend Work Visas Through 2020

After days of rumors and anxiety, Trump dropped another immigration-related Executive Order today suspending the entry of nonimmigrants to the United States. An extension and expansion of his previous Executive Order from back in April barring certain categories of greencard holders, this EO suspends the entry of most H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visa holders[…]

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USCIS Rescinds Two Policy Memos Regarding H-1B Petitions and Issues New Guidance

In the wake of the ITServe victory, part of USCIS’ settlement with the plaintiffs in that case was that the agency agreed to rescind its “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites” memo (commonly known as the third party placement memo) from 2018. That memo provided USCIS the justification to give a[…]

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FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

USCIS announced today that petitioners whose electronic registrations were selected may now file cap-subject H-1B petitions with the agency. Employers and/or their representatives have now all been notified of selections, with most rolling in over the weekend. A change from last year is that those not selected will be held in reserve in “submitted” status[…]

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USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

USCIS expanded their flexibility for responding to USCIS requests today. Their previous guidance expanded the deadline to respond to RFEs and NOIDs received between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 by an additional 60 days. USCIS is now clarifying that this policy also applies to Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), Notices of Intent[…]

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H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS announced today that they have completed the selection process for the cap subject H-1B electronic registration, and will begin notifying petitioners and/or their attorneys of whether their registrations were selected. For those selected, the petitioning company will have from April 1, 2020 until June 30, 2020 to file a corresponding H-1B petition for that[…]

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USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

A bit of good news amongst all the madness, USCIS announced today that they will accept scanned versions of signatures on all forms, including those that previously required a “wet” signature. This should add some much-needed flexibility to both attorneys and clients and should better facilitate the timely filing of immigration-related petitions/applications.   Copied from[…]

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

USCIS announced today, effective immediately, the temporary suspension of premium processing services for all I-129 and I-140 petitions. There is no concrete date for when USCIS anticipates resuming premium processing. We will keep our readers informed as soon as more information is available. Stay safe and healthy everyone!   Copied from USCIS:   U.S. Citizenship[…]

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced yesterday the temporary suspension of premium processing for FY2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Fortunately, this seems to only be a temporary measure. USCIS plans to resume premium processing for those cap-subject H-1B petitions seeking a change of status from F-1 status to H-1B status no later than May 27, 2020, and for all remaining[…]