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October 19, 2020
Anna Buskila

USCIS Premium Processing Fee Increase

Effective today, October 19, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased premium processing fees for eligible petitions and applications. In line with the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, USCIS increased the fee from...

October 13, 2020
Anna Buskila

New H-1B Visa and PERM Green Card Rules

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) each issued new rules attacking employment-based non-immigrant cases and the PERM labor certification program. Please note that both rules have bypassed the formal rulemaking...

Premium Processing Service Soon Available for EADs, H-4 Spouses, Those Seeking to Change to F-1 Student Status, EB-1 Multinational Managers & Executives & More!

On September 30, 2020, the President signed a bill that makes several important changes to premium processing, a service available for only certain immigration benefits applications where USCIS can expedite the processing of the application for an additional fee. Currently,...

Victory! USCIS Fee Increase Rule is Temporarily Blocked by Court Order!

Immigrants and their advocates have a lot to celebrate today. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California temporarily blocked the implementation of the USCIS’s fee increase rule on September 29, 2020, just days before the fees...

September 24, 2020
Zeena Barazanji

DHS ISSUES TEMPORARY NEW RULE FOR ASYLUM INTERVIEWS

Effective September 23, 2020 and through March 22, 2021, most asylum applicants will no longer be permitted to bring an interpreter to their interview and will now have to go forward with DHS-provided telephonic interpreters. The Asylum Office will provide...

September 16, 2020
Tahreem Kalam

Obtaining a Waiver to Trump’s Covid-19 Travel Bans

On May 24, 2020 and June 22, 2020, the White House issued 2 Presidential Proclamations in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, severely restricting travel into the U.S. for many foreign nationals. The Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and...

September 10, 2020
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

The COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic delays to cases pending before the U.S. Immigration Court

The U.S. Immigration Court is an administrative court operated by the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR") under the authority of the Attorney General of the United States.  There are currently 58 courts throughout the...

August 31, 2020
Chandni Shah

Public Charge Rule to be Implemented in All But Three States

The public charge rollercoaster continues. On July 29, 2020, Federal District Judge George Daniels issued a nationwide injunction, preventing the Trump Administration from enforcing its public charge rule until after the COVID-19. Unfortunately, on August 12, 2020 the Second Circuit...

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