Immigration Fees Increase; November Cut-Off Dates See Little Movement

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November Visa Bulletin

The November 2010 Visa Bulletin indicates that visas in the Employment-Based First and Second Preference categories (EB-1 and EB-2) are current, with the exception of EB-2 applications from Mainland China and India. The cut-off date for Chinese nationals in the EB-2 category advanced by a week to June 1, 2006, and there was no movement for Indian nationals, whose cut-off date remains at May 8, 2006. Priority dates in the Employment-Based Third Preference category (EB-3) advanced by almost two weeks for all nationalities, except for nationals from India and Mexico, for whom the dates advanced approximately one week. Similarly, the dates for the Other Workers category inched forward by a week....

...Immigration Filing Fees Increase on November 23, 2010

Effective on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, the filing fees for almost all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration applications and petitions will increase by approximately 10 percent. The fee increase follows in the wake of a mandatory fee review conducted by USCIS every two years to determine whether the agency is capable of meeting its budget, 90 percent of which is derived from fees paid by applicants and petitioners seeking immigration benefits. The final rule on the fee increase was published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2010....

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Published In: Immigration Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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