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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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August 20, 2020 | Jaffe Law

Unexpected second round of H – 1B lottery winners announced

In an unprecedented action, USCIS, after failing to select a sufficient number of H – 1B registrations in the March, 2020 H – 1B Lottery, has conducted a second drawing in order to add additional “winners”. On or about August 14, 2020, employer – petitioners have begun to receive email notifications indicating that H – …

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