Immigration Law

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Advance Copy of Premium Processing Final Rule
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/30/2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending DHS premium processing regulations to codify statutory changes made by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021... Read More

USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 29, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is announcing a trio of efforts to increase efficiency and reduce burdens to the overall legal immigration system. USCIS will set new agency-wide backlog reduction goals, expand premium... Read More

Requesting Premium Processing on a Downgraded I-140 Petition
Posted on 7 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box, July 6, 2021 "In October 2020, USCIS’ decision to apply the Filing Dates, rather than the Final Action Dates, to employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applications, together with advancement in the Filing... Read More

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners
Posted on 24 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 24, 2021 "Starting Feb. 24, 2021, petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker , requesting a change or extension of status to E-3 classification will have the option to request premium processing service for their... Read More

USCIS Announces Premium Processing Fee Increase Effective Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 16, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: New Forms...and the Death of Premium Processing?
Posted on 3 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Policy Alert, Sept. 2, 2020 (46 pages!) "For submissions postmarked on or after that October 2, 2020, USCIS will only accept the 10/02/20 edition of the following new or existing forms: Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker: H-1B or H-1B1... Read More

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions
Posted on 20 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 20, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID... Read More

Stuart Anderson on Premium Processing: "Most Expensive Band-Aid"
Posted on 2 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Mar. 2, 2020 "Due to long processing times, since 2014 companies have been forced to pay $2.4 billion in “premium processing” fees to ensure their business immigration cases are decided within a reasonable time... Read More

USCIS Hikes Premium Processing Fee
Posted on 31 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is increasing the premium processing fee charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS is increasing the fee to reflect... Read More

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 11, 2019 "USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request... Read More

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018
Posted on 18 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 15, 2019 "USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition, and you are requesting premium processing service... Read More

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 25, 2019 "USCIS will resume premium processing on Monday, Jan. 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”). Petitioners who... Read More

USCIS is Suffocating the H-1B Program: F-1 Cap Gap Students in Limbo - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina
Posted on 2 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Oct. 1, 2018 - "It is October 1, 2018 and this morning, in what is an extremely unfortunate yet totally preventable situation, businesses across the U.S. were forced to temporarily terminate the employment of F-1 students who... Read More

Suspension of Premium Processing: Another Attack On the H-1B Program (Cyrus Mehta)
Posted on 4 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 3, 2018 - "The Trump administration has restricted the H-1B program by making it harder for employers to obtain an approval. It has done this without changing the law through Congress or amending any rule. Routine H-1B visa... Read More

USCIS to Raise Premium Processing Fee to $1,410 - Federal Register Final Rule
Posted on 30 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 170 / Friday, August 31, 2018 - " The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is increasing the premium processing fee charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS is increasing the fee by 14.92... Read More