DHS Proposes Registration Fee for H-1B Cap Sep05

DHS Proposes Registration Fee for H-1B Cap

On September 3, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a requiring petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS is proposing this registration fee in order to recover the ...

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H-4 EAD Rescission Proposal Remains Under Federal Review Sep13

H-4 EAD Rescission Proposal Remains Under Federal Review

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a status report in response to a court order in Save Jobs USA v DHS, a lawsuit that challenges the work authorization for H-4 spouses of H-1B beneficiaries. According to the status report, the proposal for rescinding H-4 work authorization is still under federal ...

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October 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Sep20

October 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, EB-1 India is available again and many chargeability areas for EB-2 and EB-3 are current again. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of November 1, 2016 (Advancement of 1036 days) In...

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Injunction Following USCIS’s Publication of New Versions of Immigration Forms Oct11

Injunction Following USCIS’s Publication of New Versions of Immigration Forms

On October 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new editions of Forms I-485, I-129, I-539/I-539A, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944. On its website, USCIS stated that it would accept the previous edition of the forms if they are postmarked on or before October 14, 2019. The effective date of wh...

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Health Insurance Requirements Imposed on Immigrant Visa Applicants Oct18

Health Insurance Requirements Imposed on Immigrant Visa Applicants

Beginning on November 3, 2019, according to a , the U.S. Department of State will suspend issuance of immigrant visas to foreign nationals who are applying at U.S. consulates that are unable to show that they will have unsubsidized health insurance within 30 days of entry into the U.S. or otherwise pay for their healthcare expenses i...

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Oct18

November 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its November 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there have been steady advancements for nearly all chargeability areas. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 1, 2017 (Advancement of 93 days) India:           ...

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USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee Nov01

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

Beginning on December 2, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require an increased fee for premium processing for certain employment-based petitions. The fee will increase from $1,410 to $1,440 for and . USCIS has stated that the fee increase is reflective of inflation from June 2001 to August...

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Department of State Clarifies Standard of Review for Blanket L Visa Application Nov06

Department of State Clarifies Standard of Review for Blanket L Visa Application

The Department of State recently updated its guidelines regarding the review of Blanket L visa applications, stating that applicants must demonstrate their eligibility by "clear and convincing evidence." Further, consular officers are directed by the new guidelines to deny Blanket L applications if any questions about an applicant's ...

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Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration’s Health Insurance Rule Nov06

Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration’s Health Insurance Rule

On November 2, 2019, a federal judge in Portland, Oregon granted a preliminary injunction that prevented a rule established by the Trump administration . Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration's rule on October 30, 2019. The lawsuit contended that the new rule woul...

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Federal Appeals Court Sends H-4 EAD Lawsuit Back to Lower Court Nov12

Federal Appeals Court Sends H-4 EAD Lawsuit Back to Lower Court

In a , we noted that a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind employment authorization for spouses of H-1B workers remained under federal review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This was in response to Save Jobs USA v DHS, a lawsuit that challenges the work authorization of H...

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