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January 26, 2021 | Ilene Zaitouna

President Biden’s Instant Impact on US Immigration

Hours after taking office, President Biden signed over 15 Executive Orders.  Specific orders addressing Immigration issues are, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the overturn of the Trump executive order that pushed efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants, the end to the Muslim ban and the halt of construction of the wall with Mexico.  For the complete Fact Sheet, click here.

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January 26, 2021 | Ilene Zaitouna

COVID-19 New International Travel Testing Requirement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order requiring that all air passengers (2 years of age or older) travelling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, must present negative COVID test results or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. The …

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October 19, 2020 | Ilene Zaitouna

USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fees

USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fees Effective October 19, 2020 USCIS is preparing an announcement that it will increase premium processing fees beginning on Monday, October 19, 2020, as included in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, which was signed into law on September 30, 2020.  Fees will increase from $1,440 to $2,500 …

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October 12, 2020 | Ilene Zaitouna

Expansion of Premium Processing Availability with Increased Fees (“Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act”)

In a dramatic action, the U.S. Congress on September 30, 2020 took action to enable USCIS to stabilize its budget, precluding USCIS from following through on its threat to furlough a large portion of its workforce, and expanded the accelerated processing times available under its Premium Processing Program to a wide variety of additional immigration …

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September 9, 2020 | Jaffe Law

U.S. Immigration Service to Increase Filing Fees on October 2

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will increase fees required for nearly all petitions and applications. Scheduled to go into effect on October 2, the fee increases were justified by USCIS as a repercussion of the agency’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall this year. Employers sponsoring temporary workers will bear the …

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August 25, 2020 | Jaffe Law

Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility

Today, the Department of State announced the temporary expansion of interview waiver eligibility for individuals applying for renewal of a non-immigrant visa in the same classification.  Applicants whose non-immigrant visas expired within 24 months are now eligible for interview waivers at US embassies and consulates, at the consular officers’ discretion. This policy will allow consular …

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