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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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USCIS Has Opened Premium Processing to All H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

By Grant Godfrey and John Gallini Effective today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting upgrades to premium processing service for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. The suspension of premium processing for H-1B

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H-1B Cap Lottery Process: Important Regulatory Changes

By Donald W. Parker, Immigration Attorney On January 31, 2019, the US Department of Homeland Security promulgated a final regulation that makes several important changes in the H-1B lottery process, which we briefly addressed in our recently published alert about

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H-1B Cap Filing Window Still Scheduled to Open April 1

Changes Help Foreign Workers with Advanced U.S. Degrees By Grant Godfrey, Immigration Attorney U.S. Employers continue to struggle to fill highly-skilled positions, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields where well-educated U.S. workers with the required experience

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Temporary Entry Provisions of NAFTA Appear to Emerge Unscathed in the Proposed Text of the USMCA

By Grant Godfrey On October 1, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published the text of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), which is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). Since it went

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