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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 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 11, 2020
Aaron Lawee

USCIS Will Double the Fee for Applying for a Green Card and Citizenship! Consider Applying Before the Change Takes Place.

On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule which would increase U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees by a weighted average of 21%. After many months of review, the final fees have been published...

USCIS is Ordered to Begin Accepting New DACA Applications & Advance Parole Applications

On June 18, 2020, nearly a month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel DACA was “arbitrary and capricious,” effectively reinstating the program in full to its version under President Obama. Surprisingly, the U.S....

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