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USCIS Proposes to Increas…

USCIS Proposes to Increase Fees

USCIS announced on November 8, 2019 that DHS will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust the USCIS Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA) fee schedule. The proposal would increase fees by an average of 21 percent. USCIS last updated i… Read More
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USCIS Implements $10 Fee…

USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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Categories: H-1B
H-1B Registration Updates

H-1B Registration Updates

On January 31, 2019, USCIS issued a final rule which made substantial changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule added an electronic registration component for petitioners submitting H-1B cap-subject petitions. It also changed the order in wh… Read More
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Check-in with DOS's Charl…

Check-in with DOS's Charlie Oppenheim

AILA’s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides analysis of current tr… Read More
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Injunction Issued Restrai…

Injunction Issued Restraining DHS

On October 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a national injunction, which restrained DHS and USCIS from implementing the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. The Court also prevented the government from implement… Read More
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November 2019 Visa Bullet…

November 2019 Visa Bulletin

November Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the November 2019 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) available… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
Check-in with DOS's Charl…

Check-in with DOS's Charlie Oppenheim

AILA’s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides analysis of current tr… Read More
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October 2019 Visa Bulleti…

October 2019 Visa Bulletin

October Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the October 2019 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) available ea… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
Schedule for Filing LCAs…

Schedule for Filing LCAs in FLAG System

Last week, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced a schedule for the electronic filing of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) in the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system. The FLAG system is the new electronic filing sys… Read More
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New Registration Fee for…

New Registration Fee for H-1B Petitioners

On January 31, 2019, DHS published a rule which requires petitioners to electronically register with USCIS prior to filing H-1B cap-subject petitions. Yesterday, September 3, 2019, DHS announced a proposal to impose a $10 fee for each electronic regi… Read More
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Categories: H-1B

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