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Tag: I-129

  • New Asylum Program Fee

    Last month, USCIS announced a final rule, which adjusts certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees for the first time since 2016. This final rule goes into effect on April 1, 2024. Included in this final rule is a new Asylum Program Fee of $600 that employers will have to pay if they file either […]
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  • USCIS Final Fee Rule

    On January 4, 2023, USCIS proposed a rule which would adjust USCIS fees, add new fees for benefit requests, establish distinct fees for petitions for nonimmigrant workers, and limit the number of beneficiaries on certain forms. The proposed rule included an increase in application fees by a 40% overall weighted average increase. The White House’s […]
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  • Concurrent Employment for NIV Status

    Concurrent employment allows a nonimmigrant visa holder to work for multiple employers simultaneously under the same visa category. Each employer must file a separate petition and receive the requisite approvals from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Essentially, an individual can work for more than one employer, but each employment relationship must be independently […]
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  • Inflation Adjustment to Premium Processing Fees

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a final rule detailing an adjustment in the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation. Under the USCIS Stabilization Act, the current premium processing fees were established, along with the authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to biennially adjust […]
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  • USCIS Updates Receipt Process for Form I-129S

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has recently introduced a significant change that will expedite and enhance the processing of L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferee petitions. These changes are set to streamline the issuance of receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant executives, managers, or specialized knowledge professionals under a previously approved blanket L petition.  When filing Form I-129S, […]
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  • L-1 Blanket Visa Petition Overview

    An L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the U.S. To qualify for this work visa, the alien employee must have worked as an executive, manager, or specialized employee for the foreign […]
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  • USCIS Guidance on Analyzing Employers’ Ability to Pay Wages

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy guidance regarding how it analyzes an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage for immigrant petitions in certain first, second, and third preference employment-based immigrant visa classifications. This guidance is effective immediately. Employers seeking to classify prospective or current employees under the first, second, and […]
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  • Proposed Adjustment of Certain Immigration and Naturalization Fees

    On January 3, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposal to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees. These new fees would allow USCIS to more fully recover its operating costs, reestablish and maintain timely case processing, and prevent the accumulation of future case backlogs.  USCIS receives a majority of its […]
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  • Intermittent L-1 Visa Holders Relocating to the U.S.

    The L visa is a type of visa that allows for temporary intracompany transferees to enter and work in the U.S. for temporary periods of time. There are two classifications to the L visa, they are: The L-1A visa – for intracompany transferees who work in managerial or executive positions for a company that is […]
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  • Department of Homeland Security Announces Expansion of Premium Processing

    As of March 29th, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new rule that will align premium processing with the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. The new rule will legitimize fees and adjudication timeframes that are set by Congress for the premium processing track. Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service that is […]
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