USCIS Application Fees Increase October 2, 2020

USCIS has announced a significant fee increase for most applications. The new fees are set to go into effect on October 2, 2020. If the fees for your process are going up, to avoid the fee increase, be sure to file your application prior to October 2, 2020. Here is the chart of the adjustments…

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President Trump has issued a new executive order that prohibits visa issuance for certain classes of employment visas. The affected classes are H-1B, H-2B, some categories of J-1, and L-1. The ban also includes dependent family members who could accompany the spouse with the primary visa classification, such as a spouse and unmarried minor children.…

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Coronavirus and Chinese Immigration

The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus as a “public health emergency of international concern.” How does this tragic outbreak affect US immigration? USCIS has closed its international offices in Beijing and Ghuangzhou, China. All appointments will be rescheduled. Additionally, USCIS has encouraged everyone who feels sick or has started manifesting symptoms of illness…

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Public Charge Implementation | Immigration Policy

Last year, USCIS announced proposed policy changes relating to the requirement that a person seeking admission to the U.S. is not likely to become a public charge. A public charge is someone who is dependent on public resources while in the U.S., such as welfare benefits. A person seeking admission is anyone seeking to obtain…

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Why Are H-1B Petition Denials Rising?

According to a report from the National Foundation for American Policy, October 2019, it is now four times more likely that an H-1B petition will be denied by USCIS. Of most concern is the fact that the law on H-1Bs has not changed. If the law is the same, what is it that accounts for…

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