Department of Homeland Security Proposes Removing Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule Jul12

Department of Homeland Security Proposes Removing Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security holds the discretionary power to permit entry into the United States in humanitarian or public benefit cases. In the final months of the Obama administration in 2016, the Department of Homeland Security amended its regulations regarding "parole", or temporary entry, to include high-quality entrepre...

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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing Aug31

USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

In March 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a of premium processing for H-1B petitions that are subject to the H-1B CAP. On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced an to include certain additional H-1B petitions beginning on September 11, 2018. USCIS claims that the suspension and expansion will help the Se...

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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee Sep01

USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

On August 31, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they are adjusting the premium processing fee for Form I-129 and I-140.  Beginning on October 1, 2018, the premium processing fee will increase from the current fee of $1,225 to $1,410, a 14.92 percent increase. Form I-129 and I-140, the form ty...

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The Statistical Effects of Recent Immigration Policy Changes Sep12

The Statistical Effects of Recent Immigration Policy Changes

In a Brief released this month, the Foundation tracked the statistical effects of recent immigration policy changes made under the Trump Administration.  Below, we’ve included data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as calculations made by the National Foundation for American Policy for their July 2018 Report....

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USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Jan30

USCIS Opens Premium Processing for Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be cases starting on Monday, January 28. for FY 2019 H-1B cap cases and was expected to remain suspended through February 19, 2019. Premium processing remains suspended for H-1B change of employer, amendment, and non-cap subject change of statu...

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018 Feb15

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. Back on September 11, 2018, that it was extending a previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions and expanding the suspension...

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Mar12

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will be resuming Premium Processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. Back on September 11, 2018,  that it was extending a previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions and expanding the suspension to incl...

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USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Certain FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases on May 20 Apr02

USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Certain FY 2020 H-1B Cap Cases on May 20

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin premium processing for certain fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap cases requesting a change of status on May 20, 2019 if a petitioner concurrently files a premium processing request with the H-1B cap petition. Premium processing will be availab...

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Form I-539 No Longer Eligible for “Courtesy” Premium Processing Jul19

Form I-539 No Longer Eligible for “Courtesy” Premium Processing

As noted in a , the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status in March 2019. Starting on March 22, 2019, USCIS began to only accept the...

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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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