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USCIS Implements Benefit Request Changes and New Fee Schedule Effective October 2, 2020

By Victoria Morte, Immigration Attorney The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced changes to certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) benefit request processing and fees, taking effect for applications and petitions postmarked on or after October 2,

Posted in Immigration Law

New Presidential Proclamation Expands Temporary Bar on Entry to Certain Nonimmigrants

By Donald W. Parker and John J. Gallini, Immigration Attorneys The Proclamation further extends an earlier bar imposed on April 22, 2020 that suspended the entry of certain individuals who are outside the U.S. and are seeking to enter as

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Posted in Immigration Law

Premium Processing Resumes

Phased Premium Processing begins for I-140 Immigrant Visa Petitions and I-129 Visa Petitions for Temporary Workers, including the H-1B and L- visa categories By Donald W. Parker, Immigration Attorney On May 29, 2020, the USCIS announced the phased resumption of

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COVID-19 IMMIGRATION UPDATE – 04/23/2020

What You Need to Know about the President’s Recent Proclamation Temporarily Suspending the Entry of Immigrants into the U.S.  By John Gallini and Amy Tran, Parker Gallini LLP There has been much speculation since President Trump’s late-night tweet on Monday that

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COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATE – 03/13/2020

What You Need to Know about the Most Recent Restrictions on Reentry to the U.S. and Quarantine Procedures By Immigration Attorneys Grant W. Godfrey, Donald W. Parker and John Gallini On December 31, 2019 an outbreak of a novel coronavirus

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2021 H-1B Cap Lottery Process – Update

USCIS Provides Important Details on the Process for the Upcoming Electronic H-1B Registration Process By Grant W. Godfrey and Donald W. Parker In January 2020, we wrote a post discussing the new H-1B lottery process this year, which will require

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Posted in Immigration Law

2021 H-1B Cap Lottery Process: Changes Ahead

USCIS Announces Upcoming H-1B Lottery Will Be Done Under the New Electronic Registration System — But Much Remains Unclear By Donald W. Parker, Immigration Lawyer Background on The New Law On January 31, 2019, the US Department of Homeland Security

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Immigration Services: USCIS Proposes Fee Increases and Processing Changes

By Victoria Morte, Immigration Attorney The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a proposal to increase US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing fees by a weighted average of 21% across all nonimmigrant and immigrant classifications and to extend

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Public Charge Rule: Trump’s Proposed Changes Put on Hold by Courts

By Grant W. Godfrey, Immigration Attorney On October 11, 2019, judges in three separate cases before the following courts — U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Northern District of California, and Eastern District of Washington —

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H-4 EADs: DHS Moves One Step Closer in Its Plan to Rescind H-4 Dependent Spouses from Eligibility for Employment Authorization

By Victoria Morte, Immigration Attorney The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a proposed rule for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to rescind H-4 dependent spouses from eligibility for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The

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