Updates on Executive Order “Travel Bans”

**UPDATE** On Friday, January 31, 2020, the President issued a proclamation to suspend certain immigrant visa issuance to foreign nationals from six countries, with some exceptions. This order will take effect on Friday, February 21, 2020. The new countries covered are Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The limitations pertaining to these six countries are Read More »

UPDATE to Implementation of New DHS Public Charge Rule

**UPDATE** On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the new public charge rule will take effect on Monday, February 24, 2020. This means that adjustment (I-485) applications, and certain I-129 petitions and I-539 applications (for requests for changes or extensions of nonimmigrant status only) that are postmarked on or Read More »

ON HOLD! – New Health Insurance Requirement for Immigrant Visa Applicants

**UPDATE** on November 2, 2019, a District Court judge in Oregon granted a nation-wide temporary restraining order which prohibits the implementation of the new policy based on the presidential proclamation described below.   October 15, 2019: On October 4, 2019, the President issued Presidential Proclamation 9945, which will prevent new immigrants from entering the U.S. Read More »

Premium Processing Fee will increase on December 2, 2019

October 30, 2019: USCIS announced that it will increase the premium processing fee from $1,410 to $1,440 on December 2, 2019 for all I-129 forms (which includes all H-1B petitions, among others), and for all I-140 petitions, which is a required step for all employment-based green card processes. This increase reflects inflation since the last Read More »

POSTPONED! – New State Department “Public Charge” Rule Applies to Visa Applicants starting 10/15/19

**UPDATE** Late on October 15, 2019, The U.S. Department of State (DOS) decided to postpone implementation of its new public charge regulation. It will first develop new visa application forms and procedures, which are expected to require information related to the visa applicant’s health, finances, education and receipt of public benefits. This means that the Read More »

Certain new USCIS forms required on October 15, 2019! – POSTPONED!

**UPDATE** October 11, 2019: Today, a federal district court temporarily stopped the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing new “public charge” requirements for certain nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and applications. This means that the new versions of forms mentioned in the October 9, 2019 post below will NOT go into effect, and have Read More »