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USCIS Formalizes Policy On Lack Of Deference To Previously Approved Petitions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

All I-129 petitions, whether initial requests or requests for extension of visa status, will be subject to the same level of scrutiny, USCIS has confirmed. The agency will no longer defer to the findings of a previously...more

USCIS's Updated Policy on Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Worker Visa Petitions Rescinds Former Deferential Policy

by Littler on

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) rescinded policy guidelines in effect since April 2004 regarding requests for the extension of certain nonimmigrant visas (i.e., visa petitions...more

USCIS to Place More Scrutiny on I-129 Extensions: What Can Employers Expect?

by Baker Donelson on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced under updated policy guidance that it is instructing their immigration officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and petitions...more

Premium Processing Resumed for all H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions after a six month suspension of the program for these petitions. Over the past few months, USCIS has progressively re-opened premium...more

U.S. Immigration to Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of Monday, April 3, 2017, it will not accept Premium Processing requests for H-1B visa petitions for a temporary period expected to last up to six (6)...more

New USCIS Forms And USCIS Filing Fee Adjustment

On December 23, 2016, the USCIS posted a large number of new form versions with effective dates of December 23, 2016, to its website and indicated that no other versions of the forms would be accepted. Numerous stakeholders,...more

Reminder: USCIS Filing Fees Will Increase on December 23, 2016

by Littler on

Beginning on December 23, 2016, filing fees for many United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) visa petitions and applications will increase.  This is the first time since 2010 that USCIS has increased its filing...more

USCIS Increases Filing Fees

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is increasing filing fees for many immigration applications and petitions by an average of 21% beginning on December 23, 2016. While the filing fees for some applications and...more

Immigration Filing Fees to Increase in December 2016

by Baker Donelson on

On October 24, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that increased fees for most immigration applications and petitions will be effective December 23, 2016. The fees will increase by an average of...more

Mark Your Calendars: USCIS Raises Filing Fees Effective December 23

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 24, 2016 that effective December 23, 2016 fees for most nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions will increase by an average of 21 percent. This...more

Immigration Update: USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increases

by Varnum LLP on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) published new fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010. The rule is in effect for applications or...more

USCIS Filing Fee Increases Starting December 23, 2016

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Any immigration applications or petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include applicable increased fees or face rejection. Fee hikes average 21...more

Department of Homeland Security Now Accepting Comments on Its Proposed Filing Fee Increase

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued notice of a proposed rule that would update the application fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), noting an overall...more

The TN visa category: An oasis in the desert of dried up international talent pools

by Kirton McConkie PC on

During the first week of April, when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepted new H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap, USCIS received approximately 233,000 petitions for only 85,000 available H-1B visas...more

AAO Guidance Clarifies That Worker Mobility May Come at a Cost

In a move likely to elicit equal parts appreciation and exasperation among the employer community, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance on the need to file an amended H-1B petition when there is a...more

USCIS temporarily suspends premium processing for H-1B Extension of Stay petitions

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this timeframe, petitioners will not be...more

New USCIS Guidance Has Significant Consequences for H-1B Employers

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a precedential decision (Matter of Simeio Solutions, 26 I&N Dec. 542) that significantly impacts U.S....more

New Form I-129 Now Available

USCIS recently published revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker with an Oct. 23, 2014 edition date...more

USCIS Issues Guidance Regarding Handling of Certain I-129 Petitions Affected by the Government Shutdown

During the government shutdown between October 1 and October 17, 2013, while the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was operational as usual, the Department of Labor (DOL) was not. This affected the ability of...more

Rush to Fill H-1B Foreign Worker Slots Expected in April

by Ronald Shapiro on

Employers who wish to hire foreign specialty workers should immediately consider preparations for filing their petitions in April to sponsor H-1B workers for fiscal year 2014, which starts on Oct. 1, 2013....more

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