Premium Processing Bill Passes! So what does that mean?

Yesterday, Congress passed a bill that would allow USCIS to raise the premium processing fee and also expand it to cover new immigration categories.  It is imperative to understand that while this is good for the future, there are no changes right...

5 Important Reminders for Cap H-1B Beneficiaries!

#1 – Cap-gap ends September 30th. The automatic cap-gap benefit ends September 30th. You cannot extend cap-gap. If you are reliant on cap-gap for work authorization and your H-1B cap petition is still pending after September 30th, you must stop working...

Updates regarding Interview Waiver/Dropbox Option in India

As of August 17th, the United States Embassy and Consulates in India began resuming visa processing for F, M, and certain J categories. Appointments for these categories are now available through the U.S. Visa Information Service for India website....

H-1B Portability: Changing to a new H-1B employer

When it comes to nonimmigrant visas, portability is a very useful characteristic of the H-1B visa classification. H-1B portability has been mentioned in several recent articles covering topics such as the 60-day grace period and concurrent employment. H-1B...

Increased Minimum Wages for H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 and PERM?

The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a regulation that would increase the minimum wages for the PERM, H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs.  The proposed regulation is under the review of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) which has 90 days to review...

USCIS Again Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

On September 11th, USCIS extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist applicants and petitioners responding to certain agency requests, such as: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to...

Fees for Adjustment-Based EAD/AP Will Increase on October 2: FAQs

Effective October 2, USCIS will require filing fees for I-765 and I-131 applications filed based on an I-485 adjustment of status application. These applications, when approved, provide the applicant with an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)...

USCIS Budget Fix May Not be Enough to Halt Furloughs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has warned that it faces a budget shortfall and intends to furlough 13,000 of its 18,700 staff at the end of this month. The planned furlough of 70% of USCIS workers would bring USCIS to operations...

I-9 Fines Increase in 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released new increased fines for Form I-9 penalties, to account for annual inflation. The new fines will be effective for penalties assessed after June 17, 2020 for associated violations which occurred...

H-1B Second Lottery –You Can Start Filing on Monday!

Earlier this week rumors were circulating about a possible second lottery to be run by USCIS. USCIS never confirmed or denied these rumors. However, this morning it appears that attorneys and companies received emails from their myUSCIS account with...

USCIS Hidden Agenda in New Filing Fees

The advanced copy of USCIS’ new filing fee schedule was released to the public on July 31, 2020. The new fees will take effect for any applications or petitions postmarked on or after October 2, 2020. As expected the majority of filing fees for immigration...

Free Webinar 7/29 2PM CST—Immigration Expectations in 2020 and 2021

For individuals and employers alike, we invite you to join our free webinar concerning the immigration prospectus for the remainder of 2020 through FY2021. From the impact of recent executive actions to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys...

Fight Back Against Trump Administration H-1B Travel Ban

            On June 22, 2020, President Trump announced Presidential Proclamation 10052 (“PP 10052”) which was designed to prevent the certain nonimmigrant visa holders from entering the United States (H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J visa holders). More information...

President Expands Executive Order – H-1B, J, and L Visas Affected

As expected, today the President issued an expansion of the executive order he signed in April (“Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market during the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak”), which was originally...

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