Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

Starting December 2, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase the filing fees for expedited processing (i.e., Premium Processing) services for certain eligible immigration proceedings from $1,410 to $1,440. While this is an inflation-related fee increase and is not as substantial as the prior increase in 2018, petitioners and beneficiaries should carefully

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed the return of all H-1B cap-subject petitions filed in April 2019 that were not selected for processing under the annual lottery. The rejected petitions have been returned to petitioners or their immigration legal counsel with the filing fees. Any petitioners that have not received either receipt

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed the return of all H-1B cap-subject petitions filed in April 2019 that were not selected for processing under the annual lottery. The rejected petitions have been returned to petitioners or their immigration legal counsel with the filing fees. Any petitioners that have not received either receipt

Department of Homeland SecurityImmigration Enforcement News

DHS Update

USCIS has published a final rule implementing a number of substantive changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  The new rule, which will become effective on November 21, 2019, is raising the minimum investment amounts for foreign investors seeking Green Cards from $1 million to $1.8 million, revising the standards for certain targeted employment areas

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Irina Plumlee Discusses Impact of Travel Ban on U.S. Business with Law360

Law360 included comments from Shareholder Irina Plumlee in an article discussing the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to Trump v. Hawaii on U.S. business. Plumlee told the publication that advising against travel, even in the case of green card holders, “isn’t going too far at all.” She also noted that foreign nationals often

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

2019 H-1B Cap-subject Petitions. On April 6, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the government’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and received in excess of 190,000 cap-subject petitions. USCIS also confirmed that it had reached the cap under the 20,000 H-1B petitions allocation for U.S. advanced

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (i.e., “Green Cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) under its secure identification document program. The new cards display their holders’ photos on both sides, contain a unique graphic image and color pattern (Statue of Liberty and mostly green palette for Green Cards,