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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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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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USCIS Increases Premium P…

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

USCIS announced that beginning on November 29, 2019 the premium processing fee for Form I-129 and Form I-140 will increase from $1,410 to $1,440. Premium processing is an optional service that allows petitioners to request 15-day processing on certai… 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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When to File AOS Applicat…

When to File AOS Applications November 2019

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… 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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North Carolina J-1 Visa W…

North Carolina J-1 Visa Waiver Program Releases New Guidelines for 2019

The North Carolina Office of Rural Health (ORH) is the government agency designated to implement the J-1 Visa waiver provision for foreign medical graduates. ORH recently released new guidelines for the J-1 visa waiver (“Conrad 30”) program. The… Read More
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Sivaraman Immigration Law’s founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active… Read More
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Jing Huang, Associate Attorney, holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from China Women’s University. Prior to joining Sivaraman Immigration Law, Jing worked as an attorney in China s… Read More

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