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  • USCIS Will Implement H-1B Electronic Registration for FY 2021

    USCIS Will Implement H-1B Electronic Registration for FY 2021

    USCIS will implement the H-1B electronic registration system for Fiscal Year 2021 cap season, the agency announced Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

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  • USCIS Releases New Premium Processing Form

    USCIS Releases New Premium Processing Form

    USCIS has released its new premium processing form that accounts for the recent price increase to $1440.

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  • DHS Announces Intention To Increase Fees

    DHS Announces Intention To Increase Fees

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that will adjust U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Examinations Fee Account fee schedule.

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  • State of U.S. Immigration: 2019 in Review and What to Expect in 2020

    State of U.S. Immigration: 2019 in Review and What to Expect in 2020

    U.S. immigration has evolved significantly over the past decade, and 2019 brought many additional changes.

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  • Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Presidential Proclamation

    Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Presidential Proclamation

    A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has blocked President Trump’s proclamation that would have required immigrants seeking to obtain a visa prove they have health insurance.

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  • USCIS Finalizes $10 H-1B Visa Registration Fee

    USCIS Finalizes $10 H-1B Visa Registration Fee

    Petitioning employers will need to pay a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B electronic registration, according to a new rule from USCIS.

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  • USCIS Raises Premium Processing Fee

    USCIS Raises Premium Processing Fee

    USCIS announced that it is increasing the premium processing fee to $1,440.

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  • 3 Key Impressions From Newly Released USCIS RFE Data

    3 Key Impressions From Newly Released USCIS RFE Data

    GIA and Envoy have identified trends and how numbers have changed since we last examined RFE rates.

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  • Judges Stop Public Charge Rule From Going Into Effect

    Judges Stop Public Charge Rule From Going Into Effect

    The 'public charge' rule was blocked by three separate judges on Friday, Oct. 11— days before it was set to be implemented.

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  • Form I-539 Is No Longer Eligible For "Courtesy" Premium Processing

    Form I-539 Is No Longer Eligible For "Courtesy" Premium Processing

    USCIS has indicated that will no longer offer courtesy premium processing to I-539 applications.

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  • USCIS Seeks To Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485

    USCIS Seeks To Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485

    In an effort to decrease processing times for Form N-400 and Form I-485, USCIS is implementing an updated interview process for these applications.

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  • International Field Offices Will Stop Accepting Form I-407

    International Field Offices Will Stop Accepting Form I-407

    USCIS announced that starting July 1, international field offices will not accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status by mail or in person.

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  • Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of USCIS

    June 10, 2019, marked the first day for the new head of USCIS acting director, Ken Cuccinelli.

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  • 3 Takeaways From Updated USCIS RFE Rates

    3 Takeaways From Updated USCIS RFE Rates

    After consulting with our affiliated law firm, GIA, we’ve identified three takeaways from the latest USCIS data release.

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  • USCIS Will Start Rejecting Form I-129 That Are Missing Name or Address

    USCIS Will Start Rejecting Form I-129 That Are Missing Name or Address

    USCIS will start rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker if the petitions don’t include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address.

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  • USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing For Remaining Cap Subject Petitions on June 10

    USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing For Remaining Cap Subject Petitions on June 10

    USCIS announced it will resume premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B visa petitions.

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  • President Trump Unveils Immigration Plan Emphasizing High-Skilled Workers

    President Trump Unveils Immigration Plan Emphasizing High-Skilled Workers

    On May 16, 2019, President Donald Trump unveiled his plans to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

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  • Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Issued, Enjoining USCIS Memo

    Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Issued, Enjoining USCIS Memo

    Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Issued, enjoining USCIS memo Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants.

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  • USCIS Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap for FY 2020

    USCIS Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap for FY 2020

    On Thurs., April 11, USCIS announced it has completed the selection process to select enough H-1B visa petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated master's cap of 20,000 petitions.

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  • USCIS Hits FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

    USCIS Hits FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

    On Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS announced it has received enough H-1B visa petitions to hit the regular cap of 65,000 for fiscal year 2020.

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