The Department of State Releases Their Visa Bulletin For October 2020 Sep25

The Department of State Releases Their Visa Bulletin For October 2020

As a result of COVID-19 and the closings of U.S. embassies and USCIS for long periods of time, the USCIS and DOS approved far fewer permanent residence applications (“Green Cards”) in FY2020. As a result, the start of the new fiscal year, FY2021, has heralded a unique window of opportunity for many clients to file an adjustment o...

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Premium Processing Breaking News Oct02

Premium Processing Breaking News

On September 30, 2020 the President signed H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act, part of which seeks to address USCIS’s budget shortfall. Part of the act addresses Premium Processing fees.  Note that while the law takes effect immediately, the increased fees and expanded availability of premiu...

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Diversity Visa Lottery Registration for FY 2022 Oct02

Diversity Visa Lottery Registration for FY 2022

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) will begin accepting online registrations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Diversity Visa lottery beginning on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon Eastern and ending on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at noon Eastern. The Diversity Visa lottery program for FY 2022 will make up to 55,000 green card numbers...

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DOL and DHS Publish Interim Rules Regarding Wage Requirements and Regulatory Criteria for H-1B Oct08

DOL and DHS Publish Interim Rules Regarding Wage Requirements and Regulatory Criteria for H-1B

The Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have published two new interim rules, changing wage requirements for employment-based visas as well as regulatory criteria for adjudicating H-1B petitions. The first (wage requirements) will be effective October 8, 2020 – for both new and ...

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