Understand USCIS’s New Guidance on Expedite Requests

Understand USCIS’s New Guidance on Expedite Requests

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new policy alert, PA-2024-05, effective March 21, 2024. This update revises the USCIS Policy Manual, specifically clarifying the process and considerations for expediting requests. Understanding these changes is essential whether you’re facing an emergency or an urgent humanitarian situation.

USCIS’s New Fast-Track for Refugee Work Authorization

USCIS’s New Fast-Track for Refugee Work Authorization

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has significantly updated the process of obtaining Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for refugees. Starting December 10, 2023, eligible refugees admitted into the United States will experience a more efficient path to gaining work authorization, thanks to a new streamlined process for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

USCIS Fee Increases for AOS: What You Need to Know

USCIS Fee Increases for AOS: What You Need to Know

In light of recent USCIS fee adjustments, understanding the new costs associated with the Adjustment of Status (AOS) process is more critical than ever. Significant changes to the AOS package mean the total cost now nearly doubles for applicants. This increase is notably impactful for families, with potential costs soaring to $9,380 for a family of four. These changes add a significant financial burden to those on the path to U.S. permanent residency.

Immigration Update: H-1B and F-1 Visa Program Reforms

Immigration Update: H-1B and F-1 Visa Program Reforms

A key update in the H-1B visa reforms is the broadened eligibility for specialty occupations. This expansion includes new categories in emerging industries, significantly benefiting Canadian and Mexican professionals in specialized fields. Now, more diverse roles requiring advanced knowledge qualify for H-1B visas, opening doors for a wider range of applicants.

USCIS’s New Policy on Employer Wage Requirements for Employment-Based Visas

USCIS’s New Policy on Employer Wage Requirements for Employment-Based Visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently updated its policy guidance regarding employer wage requirements for certain employment-based immigrant visas. This crucial update affects how employers prove their ability to pay wages to beneficiaries, particularly in cases of changing employers. Learn more about these important changes and how they might impact your employment-based visa petition.

USCIS Announces Adjustment in Premium Processing Fees Effective Feb. 26, 2024

USCIS Announces Adjustment in Premium Processing Fees Effective Feb. 26, 2024

USCIS has announced a final rule to adjust premium processing fees for eligible forms, including Form I-907, to account for inflation. Set to take effect on Feb. 26, 2024, the adjustment aims to enhance adjudication processes and address processing backlogs. Learn about the revised filing fees and the impact on various forms to ensure accurate submissions.

DOS Visa Renewal Pilot Launches in US, Jan 29, 2024

DOS Visa Renewal Pilot Launches in US, Jan 29, 2024

On December 20, 2023, the Department of State (DOS) revealed an eagerly awaited update: the initiation of the Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot from January 29, 2024, to April 1, 2024. This development comes after DOS shared an unpublished version of a Federal Register notice, scheduled to be officially published on December 21, 2023.

USCIS Issues Comprehensive Guidance on F and M Student Visa Classifications

USCIS Issues Comprehensive Guidance on F and M Student Visa Classifications

USCIS releases vital policy guidance on F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, offering clarity on topics such as eligibility requirements, school transfers, and employment. Discover key insights, including the flexibility for F and M students in certain scenarios, and how this guidance aims to provide a comprehensive resource for both students and U.S. educational institutions.