Fraud Alert - Phone Numbers from the Ombudsman's Office Being Used in Scam Calls

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Fee Increase For Premium Processing of Immigration Petitions

The US Department of Homeland Security will announce an increase in the Premium Processing fee for many immigration petitions from $1410 to $1440.  Premium Processing allows certain immigration filings (such as I-129 filings for H1B or other work visas; and I-140 petitions for Immigrant Workers) to be processed in 15 days instead of many months.  The proposed rule increasing the fee will be published in the federal register on October 31, and will take effect 30 days from then.  The fee increase will apply to any petitions postmarked on or after November 29, 2019. Read the Final Rule.

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap for FY 2020

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services has met the H-1B visa cap for both the “regular” quota of 65,000 and the “advanced degree” quota of 20,000 for fiscal year 2020. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.

The USCIS alert reads as follows:

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Jennifer Minear Interviewed in Forbes

Firm Director Jennifer Minear was interviewed in Forbes today regarding the new USCIS policy. 

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