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21Oct2020

Lawsuits Filed Against Trump Administration’s H-1B Visa Restrictions

U.S. companies, universities and associations have combined to file two lawsuits against the Trump administration’s new H-1B visa regulations, which was meant to make it virtually impossible for U.S. employers to hire high-skilled foreign nationals or sponsor them for permanent residency.

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16Oct2020

Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020

Changes from USCIS continue at a rapid pace and without adequate warning.  Today, USCIS announced that the increase in premium processing fee (as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159) signed into law on Oct. 1st will take effect on Oct. 19th.

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06Oct2020

DHS and DOL to Publish Interim Final Rules on H-1Bs and Prevailing Wages

On October 8th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are set to publish two interim final rules impacting the H-1B program and the prevailing wage system.

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02Oct2020

Updates for Week of September 28th: Floodgate Opens for I-485 Filings, Filing Fee Increase Halted, New H1B & PERM Regulations on the Horizon

The most significant development this week was the historic forward movement of the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, which opened up a floodgate for I-485 filings by applicants, many of whom have waited years to file.

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25Sep2020

October Visa Bulletin Advances Considerably for Employment-Based Beneficiaries

The U.S. Dept. of State (DOS) just released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, which confirmed a significant advancement in the “Dates for Filing” chart and a smaller forward movement in the “Final Action Dates” chart.

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28Aug2020

Updates for Week of August 24th: Furloughs Averted & Interview Waiver Expanded

On August 25th, USCIS announced that it will be able to delay the furloughing of 13,000 employees (nearly 70% of workforce) previously scheduled to begin August 30th.  USCIS now expects to be operational at least through September 30, 2020.

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23Aug2020

Immigration Updates for the Week of August 17th: EAD Delay & USCIS Furlough

Due to delays in the production of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), employers may temporarily use Form I-797, Notice of Action (Approval Notices) informing an applicant of approval of an EAD, as evidence of employment authorization (Form I-9, List C #7 document).

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17Aug2020

Immigration Updates for Week of August 10th

After completing the first lottery in March, USCIS selected additional registrations to fill remaining spots of the 85,000 H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2021 (beginning October 1, 2020).

Alerts
07Aug2020

Immigration Updates - August 7th 2020

On July 29th, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (NY) granted a temporary nationwide injunction of USCIS’ Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, enjoining USCIS from enforcing the rule during the COVID-19 national health emergency.

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