USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Cap Registration for FY 2021 Dec10

USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Cap Registration for FY 2021

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made an that the H-1B cap electronic registration process would be implemented for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap season. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions will be required to first electronically register and pay a $10 H-1B registration fee before...

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Year-End Agenda Plans Sweeping Policies Before the End of 2019 Nov29

Year-End Agenda Plans Sweeping Policies Before the End of 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) announced their Fall 2019 regulatory agendas. These agendas disclose each agency's immigration policy priorities for the upcoming months. If finalized, these rules could have significant impact on many immigration programs and processes. The following are the ...

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Congress Passes Another Short-Term Spending Measure Nov29

Congress Passes Another Short-Term Spending Measure

Congress has passed another short-term spending measure to temporarily extend federal government funding through December 20, 2019 while FY 2020 budget negotiations continue. This means that many key immigration programs, which are under federal functions, will continue uninterrupted until December 20, 2019, pending President Trump'...

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DHS Proposes Fee Structure Changes Nov22

DHS Proposes Fee Structure Changes

DHS is that would increase costs for most petitioners and applicants and impose new requirements for many types of cases. Several highlights of this proposal are below. Form I-129 DHS is proposing to separate the Form I-129, nonimmigrant worker petition into different forms for each visa classification and to ...

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DHS Finalizes H-1B Cap Registration Fee Nov12

DHS Finalizes H-1B Cap Registration Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially finalized the H-1B Cap registration fee of $10 for each H-1B registration. However, DHS has yet to announce if this $10 non-refundable registration fee will be implemented for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap season. According to the new rule, once the fee is implemented, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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