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WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 10.30.2020

October 30, 2020 Larrabee

BREAKING NEWS:  October 30, 2020 DHS to propose rule to change H-1B lottery system -- On Monday the Department of Homeland Security will publish a proposed rule to eliminate the current H-1B lottery system for cap (quota-subject cases) and replace it with a system to select...

Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective October 19, 2020

October 16, 2020 Larrabee

Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a press release announcing it will increase premium processing filing fees from $1440 to $2500.   The increase will take effect Monday, October 19.   The increase applies to all case types currently eligible for premium processing, with the exception...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 10.12.2020

October 12, 2020 Larrabee

HEADLINES 1.  DOL Issues Interim Final Rule Raising Prevailing Wages for Foreign Workers- DOL is increasing prevailing wages mandated for H-1B, E-3, H-1B1 and PERM labor certification applications by changing the manner of computation under the existing four-tier wage structure. 2.  DHS Revises Definition of H-1B 'Specialty...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 10.05.2020

October 5, 2020 Larrabee

HEADLINES Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Trump Block on H, L, J Foreign Workers - On October 1, 2020, a U.S. district judge ruled in NAM v. DHS against aspects of President Trump's June 22, 2020, Proclamation that blocked visa issuance to many foreign...

2022 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY – ONLINE ENTRY PERIOD

October 1, 2020 Larrabee

Begins at Noon EDT on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Ends at Noon EST on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the Green Card or DV Lottery) provides immigrant visas each fiscal year for persons from countries with low rates of immigration...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.28.2020

September 28, 2020 Larrabee

HEADLINES   October Visa Bulletin Shows Major Movement in Employment-Based Cases; USCIS Applies Filing Date Rather Than Final Action Date to Certain Adjustment Applications- USCIS issued guidance the same day stating that the Filing Date, rather than the Final Action Date, applies to employment-based I-485 adjustment...