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Employment-Based Progression in the October 2020 Visa Bulletin and Related News

By Jeff Khurgel |

With the new fiscal year approaching on October 1st, the U.S. Department of State has announced the per-country priority date cut-offs in its just-released October 2020 Visa Bulletin. As expected, there has been forward movement in many categories due to the new allocation of immigrant visa numbers. The EB-3 “All Chargeability” category made the… Read More »

Breaking News: Public Charge Rule Put on Hold by District Court Judge

By Jeff Khurgel |

On July 29, 2020, the Southern District of New York’s District Court enjoined USCIS and State Department personnel from enforcing the Public Charge Rule (84 FR 41292, 8/14/19) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pause on enforcement of the Public Charge Rule is nationwide and applies as of July 29, 2020. USCIS announced on July… Read More »

New DACA Applicants Can Apply – District Court Judge Rules

By Jeff Khurgel |

Immigration authorities must resume accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling, a federal judge ordered Friday, July 14, 2020. A Supreme Court opinion last month prevented immigration authorities from moving forward with its plans to dismantle DACA, but last week’s order explicitly… Read More »

Trump Proclamation Limits Mostly H-1B and L-1 Visa Holders from Entering the U.S.

By Jeff Khurgel |

As we wrote yesterday, President Trump has issued a Proclamation immediately suspending the entry of some foreign nationals from entry into the U.S. Who is Affected by the Trump Proclamation? It is important to note that the Presidential Proclamation does not affect individuals who are currently physically located inside the United States. The Proclamation also… Read More »

Trump to Issue Executive Order Barring Entry of New H-1B and L-1 Visa Holders

By Jeff Khurgel |

Senior White House Officials announced today that President Donald Trump will issue a new Executive Order which bars some foreign citizens from moving to the U.S. on a number of work visas, including the H-1B specialty occupation visa and L-1 intracompany executive/manager and specialized knowledge visa, through the end of Calendar Year 2020. While the… Read More »

Summary of President Trump’s Proclamation Limiting Some Immigrant Visas for 60 Days

By Jeff Khurgel |

President Trump’s April 22, 2020 Proclamation Affecting the Issuance of Immigrant Visas for 60 Days In recent days, President Trump announced certain limitations on individuals entering the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, when the presidential proclamation was released by the White House earlier today, on April 22, 2020, the restrictions placed… Read More »

New H-1B Lottery System to Take Effect in Advance of Fiscal Year 2021

By Jeff Khurgel |

What You Should Know About the New Pre-Registration Process The USCIS recently announced that it is now ready to launch the new online pre-registration system for H-1B filings. The online system will be open for use from March 1, 2020 to March 20, 2020. Going forward, employers must first create accounts in the system… Read More »

E-2 Visa: What is the Required Investment Amount?

By Jeff Khurgel |

Investment Requirement for an E-2 Visa The E-2 Treaty Investment Visa is the visa of choice for many business owners setting up shop in the U.S. The visa is highly desired as there is no limit to extensions of stay or visa renewals. Unlike the L-1, and H-1B nonimmigrant visas, which have cap of 5-7… Read More »

USCIS Filing Fee Increases May be Coming (again)

By Jeff Khurgel |

USCIS Fee Increases Proposed On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its proposal to increase certain immigration and naturalization fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the proposal comes into effect, filing fees are expected to increase by an average of 21% for operational needs. Due… Read More »

FEDERAL JUDGES BLOCK IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW “PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE

By Jeff Khurgel |

Many of those applying for permanent residence status or certain non-immigrant visas can now breathe a sigh of relief, at least temporarily. On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS had published a “Public Charge” rule amending regulations related to grounds for inadmissibility. This “public charge” rule was aimed at immigrants… Read More »

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