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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 […]

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HR Alert: Another Extension for Form I-9 Virtual Verification Flexibility — This Time for an Additional 60 Days

On September 15, DHS and ICE announced another extension of the flexibility of virtual verification to comply with the requirements of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.   Previously, the deadline for flexible verification was set to expire on September 19. This time the extension is for 60 days. The expiration date for this accommodation is now November 19, 2020.    Keep in mind, however, that this provision only applies to those workplaces and employers that are operating […]

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Giselle Speaks to the Association of Legal Administrators Jax on Immigration Updates and Learns from them – a Win-Win! 

Giselle was honored to speak virtually to the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Jax on how immigration and global economics are being impacted by COVID-19.  She also learned new Zoom and Linkedin tips from ALA members!  

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What You Need to Know about the Public Charge Rule

  Learn about the new regulations for visa applicants who have or are likely to use public benefits, such as subsidized housing, food stamps, and Medicaid. Download the PDF.

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Forbes: Frightening Data on H-1B Crackdown

Forbes recently highlighted alarming data on how the H-1B adjudicatory process is affecting U.S. businesses and in particular the IT services sector. If you’re a frequent reader of my newsletter, you know about the unprecedented number of Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs) and outright denials. This article objectively shows the numbers: If you’re a frequent reader of my newsletter, you know about the unprecedented number of Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs) and outright denials. This […]

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What Are the Options Beyond the H-1B?

Unfortunately, some new H-1B petitions will not be accepted this year or might not get approved. I explore the options beyond the H-1B with my clients. But I’m so passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration goals that I took the time to write a book about it. My book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, is designed to help readers understand the most […]

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