Policy and News

The latest news and policy updates from Envoy Global and our affiliated law firm, Global Immigration Associates, P.C.

  • FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

    FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

    USCIS confirmed that it will start accepting fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap petitions starting April 1, 2020.

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  • USCIS Announces Reuse of Previously Submitted Biometrics to Process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Extension Requests

    USCIS Announces Reuse of Previously Submitted Biometrics to Process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Extension Requests

    USCIS will reuse previously submitted biometrics to process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of ASCs in response to COVID-19.

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  • H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

    H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

    USCIS announced on Friday, March 27, 2020, that it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period (March 1-20, 2020) to reach the FY 2021 H-1B cap.

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  • [UPDATED] USCIS Extends Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

    [UPDATED] USCIS Extends Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

    USCIS announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs).

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  • U.S. State Department To Suspend All Routine Visa Services

    U.S. State Department To Suspend All Routine Visa Services

    The U.S. State Department announced on March 20, 2020 that it will temporarily suspend routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and consulates in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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  • USCIS & DOL Announce Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

    USCIS & DOL Announce Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures.

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  • USCIS To Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus

    USCIS To Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all I-129 and I-140 Petitions due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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  • UPDATE: USCIS To Reopen Offices To The Public as Soon as June 4

    UPDATE: USCIS To Reopen Offices To The Public as Soon as June 4

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the temporary closure of its offices to the public beginning March 18, 2020, through April 1, 2020.

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  • USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for FY 2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

    USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for FY 2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

    USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions.

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  • Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban To Include Six Additional Countries

    Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban To Include Six Additional Countries

    The new order suspends immigrant visas for citizens of Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, citizens from Sudan and Tanzania are now barred from the U.S. diversity visa program.

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  • Judge Permanently Blocks 2018 Trump Immigration Policy

    Judge Permanently Blocks 2018 Trump Immigration Policy

    A federal judge issued a permanent nationwide injunction on Thursday that blocks a 2018 action from the Trump administration that would have made it harder for foreign nationals to remain in the U.S.

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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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  • 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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  • OFLC Discloses Schedule for LCA Electronic Filing

    OFLC Discloses Schedule for LCA Electronic Filing

    OFLC has released the schedule for its forthcoming implementation of the new FLAG system for the Labor Condition Application program.

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