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WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.31.2020

20:05 31 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES   1.  USCIS Cancels Planned Furloughs But Predicts Further Backlogs and Slowdowns; House Passes Related Bill - Just five days before furloughs were set to begin for more than 13,000 USCIS employees, the agency announced that it was canceling those plans. However, USCIS said backlogs and...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.25.2020

15:25 25 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES 1. Breaking News:  USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.17.2020

20:55 17 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES   GAO Says Appointments of Wolf and Cuccinelli to Acting DHS Leadership[ Roles Were Invalid -- GAO concluded that the appointments of Chad Wolf (as DHS Acting Secretary) and Kenneth Cuccinelli (as Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary) were invalid. Please scroll...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.10.2020

15:37 10 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES   Executive Order Heightens Scrutiny of Contractors employing Foreign Workers -- The order instructs the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security to take action to protect U.S. workers from "any adverse effects on wages and working conditions caused by the employment of H-1B visa holders...

USCIS to Increase Many Filing Fees Effective October 2, 2020

14:02 04 August in News Updates
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8/03/20 Background Today USCIS published a final rule that significantly increases certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees.  The rule, which will be effective October 2, 2020, also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies intercountry adoption processing.  Any...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.03.2020

21:00 03 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES DHS to Raise Fees Significantly for Many Immigration Benefits -  Today DHS published final rule which will apply to cases filed with USCIS on or after October 2, 2020.   The rule will significantly increase many immigration fees charged by USCIS, and reduce some...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 7.27.2020

21:08 27 July in News Updates
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HEADLINES:  JULY 27, 2020 1. SEVP Issues 'Clarifying' Q&A for Foreign Students re Online-Only Coursework Visa Ban   U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released new guidance dated July 24, 2020, in the form of "clarifying" questions and answers regarding the Trump administration's...