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USCIS to Start Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment I-485 Applications

USCIS has just announced that they are expanding the requirements for interviews to employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applicants. Effective October 1, 2017, USCIS will phase-in interviews for (1) employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applications and (2) refugee/asylee I-730 applications who are in the United States and petitioning to join a principal applicant.   Under [...]

By | 2017-08-28T20:59:16+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, USCIS|

Alert: FY2018 H-1B Cap Demand Very Strong; Random Lottery Just Completed

Our office just learned that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has completed the intake and processing of all of the fiscal year (FY2018) H-1B cap petitions.    According to USCIS, there were over 199,000 H-1B cap petitions filed during the April 3rd-7th filing period.   This indicates that the number of H-1B [...]

By | 2017-04-17T17:09:24+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert, USCIS|

Can Biometrics be Completed at a USCIS Office Outside of US?

Many USCIS applications (normally those which result in the production of a "secure document") require the applicant provide digital biometrics at a USCIS office.   In most cases, the biometrics process includes digital fingerprinting and a digital photo. Many applicants who need to submit to the required biometrics are able to do so in the closest USCIS [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 January 5th, 2017|I-131, News, Reentry Permits, Travel, USCIS|

New (and Higher) USCIS Filing Fees Effective December 23, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security has just released the final rule announcing the increase of most of the Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) application filing fees. The weighted average of the increase is 21 percent and USCIS is adding one new fee.  The filing fee increase will become effective for all USCIS filings [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:03+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Articles, Fees, News, News Alert, USCIS|

Happy New (Fiscal) Year – The New Government Fiscal Year and Immigration

While few, if any, of our clients and readers spent too much time planning and celebrating, October 1st is an important date as it marks the beginning of the new government fiscal year.     This has new fiscal year turnover has immigration implications for many — for example, H-1B cap petitions are becoming effective [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:04+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Articles, News, USCIS|

USCIS Proposes International Entrepreneur Parole Rule

After years of anticipation, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed and released the draft text of a rule which would allow international entrepreneurs parole to be able to remain and work in the U.S. while developing and growing their startup companies.    The rule aims to stimulate foreign entrepreneurs to attract capital and [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:04+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Articles, Entrepreneurs, News, News Alert, USCIS|

USCIS Publishes Rule Seeking to Raise Filing Fees

The Department of Homeland Security has just released a proposed rule seeking to amend (increase) most of the Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) application filing fees. The weighted average of the increase is 21 percent and USCIS is adding one new fee.  The proposed fee increase rule is under a comment period until [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:05+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Articles, Employers, Fees, H-1B, News, News Alert, USCIS|

H-1B Fees Dramatically Increased for H-1B/L-1 Dependent Employers

In a sudden and surprising move, a number of immigration-related provisions were inserted into the must-pass government funding bill, titled “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016”   The bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015.  One of the more significant immigration-related provisions [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:07+00:00 December 19th, 2015|Articles, Employers, Fees, H-1B, L-1, News, News Alert, USCIS|

Public Law 111-230 Sunset Means Lower H-1B Filing Fees for Certain Employers

September 30, 2015 was the last day on which the additional filing fee required to be paid by certain H-1B dependent employers was required.     The Public Law 111-230 additional filing fee of $2,000 was required to be paid for certain H-1B petitions or $2,250 for certain L-1A or L-1B petitions filed by [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:09+00:00 October 4th, 2015|Articles, Employers, Fees, H-1B, News, USCIS|

Happy New (Fiscal) Year – Immigration Implications of the New Government Fiscal Year

While few, if any, of our clients and readers will be planning major celebrations, October 1st is an important date as it marks the beginning of the new government fiscal year.     This has some immigration implications for many folks — for example, H-1B cap petitions are becoming effective and the quotas for green [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:09+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Articles, News, USCIS|