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President Biden Revokes COVID-19 Related Immigrant Visa Ban But Leaves in Place Other Travel Bans 849 565 Barbara Stone

President Biden Revokes COVID-19 Related Immigrant Visa Ban But Leaves in Place Other Travel Bans

On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an order revoking Presidential Proclamation 10014, which had banned the issuance of immigrant visas to most foreign nationals. Former President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 10014 on April 22, 2020 during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. It prevented the entry into the United States of individuals with…

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USCIS Will Accept FY2022 H-1B Cap Registration Selections Beginning March 9, 2021 1000 559 Barbara Stone

USCIS Will Accept FY2022 H-1B Cap Registration Selections Beginning March 9, 2021

USCIS has announced that the online registration for new H-1B petition filings for FY2022 will open between March 9, 2021 at 12pm EST until 12 pm EST on March 25, 2021. Beginning March 25, USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications electronically. The agency has also stated that it intends to notify all…

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DHS Issues Onerous Final Rule Amending H-1B Lottery Process But Implementation May Be Challenged or Suspended 849 565 Barbara Stone

DHS Issues Onerous Final Rule Amending H-1B Lottery Process But Implementation May Be Challenged or Suspended

On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a final rule entitled “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions,” which is scheduled to go into effect on March 9, 2021. The new regulation amends how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) conducts the H-1B cap lottery…

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Federal Judge Invalidates DOL Rule that Substantially Increased Wage Levels for H-1B Employees 1920 1440 Barbara Stone

Federal Judge Invalidates DOL Rule that Substantially Increased Wage Levels for H-1B Employees

On December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a favorable decision that substantially benefits U.S. employers who employ H-1B workers.  Specifically, the court’s decision in Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al. prevents the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its new rule…

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Federal Court Blocks USCIS Fee Increase 1920 1440 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Federal Court Blocks USCIS Fee Increase

The federal courts step in again to halt the executive branch from harming the interests of immigrants and organizations that serve them. Eight non-profit organizations[1] dedicated to serving immigrants sued to stop the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) from increasing its filing fees for immigration benefits. Today, September 29, 2020, Judge White of U.S. District…

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USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020 1000 559 SGG Immigration

USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced that USCIS filing fees will change as of October 2, 2020. Overall, the fees will increase by a weighted average of 20% since the last increase in 2016. However, several applications and petitions will become much more expensive. Here are some of the most significant…

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Immigrant Healthcare Workers & the Pandemic 640 426 Lincoln Stone

Immigrant Healthcare Workers & the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly extraordinary, causing unimaginable numbers of deaths, disrupting the joys of daily life all around the world, and wreaking havoc with work and the sources of economic livelihood.  While we wish good health for all, we send a special thank you to all the healthcare workers who are on the front…

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