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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is adjusting the premium processing fee for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers beginning on Oct. 1, 2018 to more effectively adjudicate petitions and maintain effective service to petitioners.

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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

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USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions. USCIS expects these suspensions will last until Feb. 19, 2019, and will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for these petitions.Read More


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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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Updated USCIS Policies Regarding Third-Party Placement and Employer-Employee Relationship for STEM OPT Students

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On August 17, 2018, USCIS updated a few policies with regards to STEM OPT employment. The agency removed its ban on third-party placement and tightened its language regarding reporting responsibilities. Read More


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September 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the September 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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August 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the August 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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July 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the July 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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Why The Proposed USCIS Memo on Unlawful Presence for F, J and M Nonimmigrants Will Cause More Trouble for Government Itself?

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By Xiaojie (Marta) Meng, Deok (Doug) Song

 

On May 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) proposed a policy memo regarding the accrual of unlawful presence for F (student), J (exchange visitor), and M (vocational student) nonimmigrants. USCIS seeks public comment regarding the proposed changes until June 11, 2018.

The proposed changes unfairly applies the law and triggers unlawful presence accrual for unsuspecting F, J, and M nonimmigrants who may not reasonably know about technical violations of status until years after the fact. Also, the proposed rule is inconsistent with existing statutes, regulations, and interpretations. The new policy change will create unintended legal and practical problems for all interested parties, including the U.S. government, nonimmigrants in these status, and the general public associated with these individuals. Thus, we respectfully and strongly urge USCIS to reconsider the implementation of the proposed policy and withdraw the proposed memo to take more time to thoroughly review it.

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June 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the June 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

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USCIS announced on April 11, 2018 that it has completed the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated number of petitions for regular cap and master’s cap for fiscal year (FY) 2019.Read More


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