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USCIS to Increase Many Filing Fees Effective October 2, 2020

August 4, 2020 Larrabee

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

August 3, 2020 Larrabee

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

July 27, 2020 Larrabee

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...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 7.20.2020

July 24, 2020 Larrabee

HEADLINES:  JULY 20, 2020 Headlines: Trump Administration Agrees to Rescind New Foreign Student Online-Only Ban - The Trump administration agreed to rescind its new policy to bar nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students taking only online classes for the fall 2020 semester from entering into or remaining...

New SEVP Policy Regarding Online Education for F-1 Student

July 7, 2020 Larrabee

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program Announces Changes to Online Education Policy for Foreign Students As many U.S. schools and universities are struggling to determine how to safely and effectively educate students in light of the global pandemic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced changes...

Furlough Notices Issued to 13,700 USCIS Employees

July 2, 2020 Larrabee

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued furlough notices to 13,700 of its 20,000 employees, potentially putting as much as 73% of USCIS staff our of work temporarily. The furlough will go into effect on August 3, 2020 unless Congress and the President take...

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry on Nonimmigrant Visas

June 22, 2020 Larrabee

Today President Trump issued an Executive Order "Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak" WHEN DOES THE ORDER TAKE EFFECT?   The Order will become effective on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:01 Eastern Daylight Time.      HOW LONG WILL THE...