Curious what a National Interest Exemption (NIE) Visa looks like? These are so unique that a CBP officer at JFK told our client during his admission last week – “I had not seen one of these yet!” Check it out.Continue Reading
Premium Processing Fee Hike and Service Expands to Other Visa Categories — Who Could Benefit from the Change?
USCIS’s premium processing fee increase is the result of a stopgap spending measure recently signed into law to address the organization’s budget shortfall. The law will increase USCIS revenue by allowing a hike in premium processing fees and an expansion of the premium processing service to other employment-based petitions and applications. The fee increase is currently in effect for petitions that are already eligible for premium processing services through the Form I-907, Request for Premium […]Continue Reading
USCIS Fees Were Supposed to Increase — By a Lot — on October 2. Then a Judge Temporarily Blocked the Increase. What Happened? What’s Next?
After several organizations filed lawsuits against USCIS to challenge and stop the significant fee increases, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, a federal judge temporarily blocked USCIS’ fee increase action. The order came just three days before the new fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020. The judge questioned the validity of the fee increase and its effect on applicants. The order calls for the fees increase to be blocked across the […]Continue Reading
Video: What You Should Know about the October 2020 Visa Bulletin — the Most Anticipated Bulletin in History
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USCIS Fees Are Increasing By an Average of 20%. Find Out If You Could Be Impacted.
USCIS recently released a Final Rule saying it plans to increase filing fees by an average of 20% in addition to other price hikes and adjustments to processing time limits. What exactly is changing and who is going to be the hardest hit? What is happening to Premium Processing? USCIS has asked for the ability to impose a 10% surcharge on immigration applications and plans to significantly increase filing fees starting October 2, 2020. According […]Continue Reading
What You Should Know about Possible USCIS Furloughs and the Potential Impact on Your Application
USCIS has threatened to furlough more than 13,000 USCIS workers, alleging budget shortfalls. How could this impact your application? What can you do? Since 2017, USCIS has implemented an arsenal of policies and procedures that have decreased its efficiency, driven up the cost of adjudications, slowed case processings, and caused “immigration chaos.” That’s not our opinion, either — it comes from a federal judge! USCIS’ budget report shows that it will end the fiscal year […]Continue Reading