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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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August 17, 2020 | Jaffe Law

National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

The Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Schengen Countries) and 9996 (United Kingdom and Ireland) suspend entry into the United States of aliens who were physically present in any of the Schengen countries, United Kingdom, or Ireland within the 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.  Department of State has recently announced that …

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