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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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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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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Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Measure to Temporarily Extend Key Immigration Programs Oct11

Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Measure to Temporarily Extend Key Immigration Programs

With the passing of a short-term spending measure, Congress temporarily extended federal government funding through November 21, 2019 while FY 2020 budget negotiations continue. This means that many key immigration programs, which are under federal functions, will continue uninterrupted until then, pending President Trump's signature...

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Department of State Opens Registration for FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Oct04

Department of State Opens Registration for FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery

The Department of State (DOS) announced that it would begin accepting online registrations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery starting on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at noon EDT. Foreign nationals will have until Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at noon EDT to file online to enter the DV lottery. 55,000 green card numb...

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