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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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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[…]

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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 —[…]

H-4s No Longer Simultaneously Adjudicated With H-1Bs Due To New I-539 Biometrics Requirement

  It has always been the policy of USCIS to simultaneously adjudicate H-1Bs and H-4s filed concurrently. However, the new I-539 biometrics requirement promulgated in March of this year has resulted in a change to this practice. We have heard from colleagues that H-4s are no longer necessarily being adjudicated at the same time as[…]

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Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

  USCIS announced today that they are resuming premium processing for all remaining cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those filed consular processing, starting on June 10th. Employers wishing to upgrade their cap-subject H-1B petitions to premium processing (and receive a decision from USCIS within 15 calendar days) may do so starting Monday. Premium processing still remains[…]

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS has just announced that, effective tomorrow, March 12, 2019, they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions.   Copied from USCIS:   USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the[…]

News Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]

Wondering when you will see your FY 2014 H1b receipt if you ‘won’ the lottery?

On April 7th 2013, USCIS conducted a computer generated random selection of all the FY 2014 H1b petitions they received.  They first conducted the random selection of all the Master’s category petitions (20,000).  The petitions that were not selected were then entered in the regular pool which was in turn subject to the same random[…]

Great news re. immigration visas for entrepreneurs & high skilled immigrant workers

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may know that Watson Immigration Law is eagerly waiting for the introduction of a possible EB6 visa for Start Ups and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing when this will actually happen. There are two possible bills pending in congress that could introduce[…]