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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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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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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
Proposed H-1B Registratio…

Proposed H-1B Registration Fee Regulation Pending Review at OMB

On May 22, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Spring 2019 Fall Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions. This list is a public overview of anticipated federal regulatory actions. It is important to note that t… Read More
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Categories: H-1B
DHS Adjusting Student and…

DHS Adjusting Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Fees

DHS issued a final rule which will increase fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), effective 06/24/2019. It adjusts fees for school certification petitions and applications for nonimmigrants seeking to obtain F visas (academic stud… Read More
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DHS Publishes Final Rule for H-1B Visa

Last week, we published a blog post regarding the final rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security regarding H-1B visa petitions. This rule has now been published in the Federal Register and AILA has issued a practice alert with details ab… Read More
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Categories: H-1B

DHS Secretary on Entry of Lawful Permanent Residents

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, John Kelly, released a statement on the entry of Lawful Permanent Residents into the United States. On January 29, 2017, he said the following: “In applying the provisions of the president&#… Read More
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Executive Order Breaking Updates on Implementation

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27, 2017 regarding visas, screening procedures, and refugees. His Executive Order is called “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Among other thi… Read More
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