Upcoming USCIS Fee and Form Changes Sep11

Upcoming USCIS Fee and Form Changes

Beginning on October 2, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement a as well as changes to several key employment-based immigration forms and changes to the timeframe for premium processing service. New Fees The following chart shows the new fees that will come into effect on Octob...

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September 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Sep04

September 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was no advancement for all chargeability areas for EB-2, and EB-3. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of March 1, 2...

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USCIS Announces Furloughs Will Be Averted Through September 30 Aug28

USCIS Announces Furloughs Will Be Averted Through September 30

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will avert a furlough of more than 13,000 employees through September 30, 2020. The agency claims that spending cuts as well as an increase in revenues will allow USCIS to maintain its operations through the end of this fiscal year. However, USCIS has...

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Form I-9 Verification During EAD Production Delays Aug21

Form I-9 Verification During EAD Production Delays

The production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, USCIS has confirmed that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action with a notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of Form I-7...

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Department of State Issues Further Guidance on National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation Aug20

Department of State Issues Further Guidance on National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation

On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 10052 which suspended entry into the U.S. of certain non-immigrant applicants including H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa applicants. The Proclamation provided a list of exceptions to the entry suspension for these visa categories, including a “national interest” exc...

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USCIS Responds to Federal Court Injunction on Public Charge Rule Aug04

USCIS Responds to Federal Court Injunction on Public Charge Rule

On July 29, 2020, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the “public charge rule” enforced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USC...

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USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020 Jul31

USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The final rule is effective October 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date is required to include payment that matches the adjusted ...

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August 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Jul24

August 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, nearly all chargeability areas for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 have made steady advancement. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of ...

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Department of State Addresses Exemptions for Entry Ban Jul17

Department of State Addresses Exemptions for Entry Ban

On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued two statements addressing exemptions to the Trump Administration's recent proclamations that restrict immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the U.S. European Schengen Area, U.K., and Ireland Entry Bans The Trump Administration placed an entry ban on travelers from...

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Trump Administration Rescinds Directive Regarding F-1 Students Jul15

Trump Administration Rescinds Directive Regarding F-1 Students

In a reversal of events, the Trump Administration agreed to rescind a This decision was made following lawsuits made by a number of universities and states around the nation, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University. What this means is that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will revert back to guidance...

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