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  • USCIS to Change Premium Processing Timeline Effective Oct. 2

    On July 31, 2020, USCIS announced a final rule adjusting many of the fees for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. In addition to the fee adjustments, the final rule also changed the premium processing timeline.  What is Premium Processing? The premium processing service provides guaranteed expedited processing of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, […]

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  • TN Zoologist Case Summary 2.7.2020

    Partner Jennifer Behm discusses a nontraditional TN application for a Zoologist that we’ve represented as a client for many years now. It’s fun for Jennifer to prepare this case because of her interesting background and scope of duties. In this case, our client was unable to travel because of some work restrictions and a tight schedule. We […]

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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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  • I-539’s No Longer Eligible for “Courtesy” Premium Processing

    On March 1, 2019, USCIS reported that I-539 applications filed concurrently with a qualifying I-129 petition will no longer be eligible for premium processing. USCIS announced the change was necessary to accommodate wait time on the biometrics appointments necessary for the Form I-539 adjudication...

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  • Premium Processing Fee to Increase Beginning September 30

    The Department of Homeland Security is increasing the Form I-907 premium processing fee from $1,225 to $1,410 beginning September 30, 2018. The final rule is scheduled to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register. Applications postmarked on or after September 30, 2018 must include the new fee. Premium processing is an optional fee that allows employers […]

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  • Premium Processing Resumed for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

    Premium processing has been suspended for all H-1B petitions since April 3, 2017. The program was put on hold in an effort to reduce overall H-1B processing times. A high volume of premium processing requests over the past few years put a strain on USCIS making it difficult to process long-pending petitions and to prioritize […]

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  • USCIS has Resumed H-1B Premium Processing for Physicians Under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program

    Premium processing has been suspended for all H-1B petitions since April 3, 2017. USCIS suspended the program in an effort to reduce overall H-1B processing times. A high volume of premium processing requests over the past few years has put a strain on the department. It has been difficult for USCIS to process long-pending petitions […]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Visas

    On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that beginning on April 3, 2017, it will suspend premium processing on all H-1B Petitions for up to six months. What is Premium Processing Service? USCIS currently offers a Premium Processing Service that allows payment of a fee to get a guaranteed faster processing […]

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  • USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions

    Beginning April, 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. USCIS will notify the public […]

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  • Important: USCIS to Temporarily Halt Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

    USCIS recently announced that beginning May 26, 2015, it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. This temporary change has been implemented so that USCIS will have the time and workforce to put into effect the new rule allowing certain H-4 spouses to apply for work […]

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