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Sep 18, 2020

Update on Upcoming USCIS Fee Changes

• Fee increases and corresponding versions of new forms will apply to filings postmarked 10/02/2020 or later. • Fee increases by a weighted average of 20%, $10.00 discount available to online filings. • Significant increases for naturalization and overall cost of adjustment of status. • Asylum Applications will now carry $50.00 fee. • Premium Processing will remain the same fee but with 15-business-day deadline. • Most separate biometric fees eliminated and built-in to overall filing fee. • Several fee waivers no longer available. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 16, 2020

UPDATE: Additional Exceptions to Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

Quick Takeaways • Derivatives of H, J, and L exempted from Executive Order and/or in the United States also exempted. • Immigrant Visa applicants protected against aging out. • Valid Diversity Visas will not be revoked. • Irish, UK, and Schengen F-1/M-1 may travel without National Interest Exception.

Jun 26, 2020

Executive Order Update – Department of State Advises it Will NOT Issue Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas through December 31, 2020

Quick Takeaways: • Changes now in effect. • Unless subject to an exception, U.S. Department of State will not issue new or renewed nonimmigrant visas in the effected classes until December 31, 2020. • Likewise, suspension of immigrant visa issuance also extended through December 31, 2020. • No timeline on resumption of routine, in-person visa services.

Apr 23, 2020

UPDATE - Executive Order to Prohibit Issuance of Certain Immigrant Visas for 60 Days

Effective 11:59 PM April 23, 2020 and for the next 60 days thereafter, some individuals outside the United States seeking an immigrant visa will be prohibited from processing that request. Suspension may be extended beyond 60 days, and measures to limit nonimmigrant visa processing may arrive next month. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 7, 2018

STEM OPT Third-Party Placements Placed in Doubt

Since May 2016, F-1 STEM graduates have enjoyed up-to three years of employment authorization through post-completion Optional Practical Training (...

Oct 20, 2017

Technical Error Resets Diversity Lottery Entry Period for 2019

The U.S. Department of State announced that the Diversity Visa Lottery entry period for 2019 was closed temporarily due to a technical error.  ...