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Immigration Updates from USCIS, CBP, DOS, and DOL due to COVID-19

COVID-19 is having a vast impact on immigration operations across all government agencies. To help navigate these challenges, Berardi Immigration Law is providing a summary with the most recent updates from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor.  Updates from USCIS  Premium processing suspended […]

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USCIS Announces H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS has announced that it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the fiscal year 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). Properly submitted registrations were randomly selected. All petitioners have now been notified of the selected registrations as of today. Selected registrations are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition […]

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COVID-19 & US Immigration

I hope you are well and staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.  We know that there is much worry and uncertainty for our clients during this time, especially for businesses with foreign national workers and cross-border employees. We’ve taken the time to address some of the most common concerns during this time, outlined below, as […]

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H and L Status Employees and COVID-19

The global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in many employers recommending or implementing work-from-home policies for their employees, especially those returning from travel. These policies aim to reduce the transfer of the virus and avoid unnecessary spread in the workplace. Employees on H and L work visas have specific worksite requirements, but these […]

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Increase in US Visa Fees for Australians

The US Department of State has dramatically increased visa issuance fees for Australian nationals in certain visa categories as of December 23, 2019. The US government charges visa issuance fees for nonimmigrant visas that are approved. The fee increases are intended to reciprocate the fees the Australian government charges US citizens who are issued visas.  […]

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USCIS Announces How New H-1B Registration Process will be Implemented

On January 9, 2020, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Registerannouncing the implementation of the registration process for H-1B cap-subject petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.  The initial H-1B petition registration period will begin on Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Starting on this date, USCIS will require H-1B cap-subject petitioners, including those eligible for […]

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New H-1B Lottery Registration Tool: What You Need to Know

Background  On January 31, 2019, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule making significant changes to the H-1B visa lottery process.  This rule added an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to submit H-1B cap-subject petitions and reversed the order by which USCIS selects petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree […]

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USCIS Proposes Filing Fee Increases

On November 14, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposed regulation, which would substantially increase the filing fees for many types of immigration benefits. The agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking, which is published in the Federal Register, explains that the proposed regulation would increase costs for most petitioners and applicants...

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The NEW H-1B Cap Registration Process

The H-1B classification provides temporary permission for employers to hire qualified foreign nationals in specialty occupations. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) typically accepts a limited number of H-1B cases during each of the federal government’s fiscal years due to the annual cap. There are 65,000 H-1B cap slots, with 20,000 additional H-1B slots that may be allocated...

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New Public Charge Rule Effective Soon

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the final public charge rule last month, and it will go into effect this coming Tuesday, October 15, 2019. With this new change, individuals who are likely to rely on public benefits while in the U.S. could be denied either admission to the country or an adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident...

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