By |2020-12-08T09:41:54-05:00December 8th, 2020|Announcements, DACA, Immigration|

DACA IS BACK! A federal judge on Friday, December 4th issued an order requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to start processing DACA applicants’ first-time and renewal requests as well as advance parole applications based on a grant of DACA. The judge ordered DHS to “post a public notice, within 3 calendar days of [...]

Federal District Court Sets Aside New Immigration DHS and DOL Rules

By |2020-12-02T10:36:10-05:00December 2nd, 2020|H-1B Visa, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Trump|

In California, a federal district court has set aside two new immigration regulations that were promulgated on a fast track by the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) in early October. Ruling on summary judgment, the court found that the agencies did not have good cause to bypass notice and comment rulemaking procedures [...]

Biden plans on swiftly rolling back some Trump Administration Policies

By |2020-11-09T14:19:14-05:00November 9th, 2020|DACA, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Public Charge, Trump|

President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly working on a group of executive orders that would reverse several controversial Trump administration policies once he takes office on January 20. Immigration policy would be the most dramatic and immediate reversal. According to a Washington Post report, Biden plans to take immediate action on policies about climate change, immigration, and public [...]

Public Charge Rule back On – For Now

By |2020-11-09T13:03:49-05:00November 9th, 2020|Immigration Policies, Public Charge, Trump|

On November 3rd. 2020 we informed you that there was a News Update that The government CANNOT apply the new public charge rules anywhere in the United States or abroad because on November 2, 2020, a federal district court vacated the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule. This meant that as of [...]

Lawsuit Filed on the New H-1B Wage Rule

By |2020-11-03T13:57:02-05:00November 3rd, 2020|H-1B Visa, Immigration, Trump|

On October 8, 2020, the Trump Administration abruptly revamped the H-1B wage rule to dramatically change the program and sharply increase the required wages for temporary positions and others seeking employment-based green card sponsorship. The changes are aimed at discouraging U.S. employers from hiring and continuing to employ foreign workers. The minimum wage paid to H-1B [...]

Public Charge Rule Cancellation – I-944 is no longer required

By |2020-11-03T12:34:52-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Immigration|

What is the public charge? “Public charge” is a ground of inadmissibility. Grounds of inadmissibility are reasons that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States. In deciding whether to grant some applicants a green card or a visa, an immigration officer must decide whether that person is [...]

Trump and Biden’s Immigration Policies

By |2020-11-02T12:05:38-05:00November 2nd, 2020|DACA, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Public Charge, Trump|

The year 2020 has been like no other in the United States. Multiple natural disasters, more protests for social justice than in previous years on racism and police topics, Immigration Policies, and a pandemic causing mass unemployment and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Americans can travel to fewer places than ever before. Legal immigration to [...]

Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Oct. 19, 2020

By |2020-10-20T10:36:10-04:00October 20th, 2020|Announcements, Immigration, Immigration Policies|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1. The USCIS premium processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee to expedite the adjudication of [...]

Developments that may Affect You or Your Employees’ Ability to File for Green Cards

By |2020-10-14T12:58:40-04:00September 29th, 2020|EB-2, EB-3, Immigration Policies|

This post is to alert you of new developments that may affect you or your employees’ ability to file for green cards. It requires your immediate attention and action.    The U.S. State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for October 2020, and there is a significant development. Priority dates for the EB-3 category for [...]

USCIS Finalizes Significant Filing Fee Increases

By |2020-09-14T14:05:41-04:00September 14th, 2020|Immigration, Immigration Policies, Trump|

Starting October 2, 2020, Fee increases will go way up for U.S. Citizenship, Green Card & many more applications. As we informed on our August 3, 2020, post, many of the applications postmarked on or after October 2, 2020, will have substantially higher fees than before. Delaying your applications till October 2, 2020, could cost [...]

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