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Changes to the H-1B and Other Filing Fee Increases

March 27, 2023
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services filed a petition recently requesting permission to raise its rates. If this proposed rule is approved, certain applications and petitions will see filing fee hikes. As with any fee request, there are advantages and disadvantages to this change, but USCIS and the government aren’t making this decision unilaterally. Those affected by this rule and anyone with an opinion on the proposed rule may be heard, but the public comment period ended on March 13, 2023. What does this mean for you? Read on to learn the details.

USCIS Predicts 2023's Immigration Processes

March 8, 2023
Since the pandemic, the process of obtaining a visa or green card has been significantly delayed. Some of these delays were unavoidable as a global shutdown forced everyone to stay home, regardless of the expiration date on one’s visa. However, other delays since the reopening of government offices were due to changing legislation, increases in applications, and outdated technology. 2022 brought with it the need for massive adjustments in USCIS’s processes, and as 2023 begins, the immigration specialists predict we’ll be seeing some much-needed improvements.

Proposed Fee Increases From USCIS and What They Mean for You

March 2, 2023
When an employer extends a job offer to a foreign worker, it’s never done lightly. This action comes at a cost — payable to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor. Yet, although those fees can seem hefty when you’re the one paying them, USCIS operates on a constant backlog due to high operating costs. The fees have stayed consistent since 2016, but in 2023, a proposed rule seeks to help reduce backlogs by increasing fees and allowing the department to streamline its processes. 

Preparing for Your Green Card Interview

November 30, 2022
Obtaining your green card is crucial when you want to stay in the US permanently. In addition to complex paperwork, you’ll also need to pass an interview at a USCIS field office, US consulate, or embassy nearby. Preparing for this interview will help you feel more comfortable when you’re talking to the officer. This guide walks through what you need to know before you head to your interview.

Clarifying When You Need an Advanced Parole Document

December 2, 2021
If you are planning an international trip as a U.S. visa holder, you might be wondering if you need to apply for advanced parole. See below for the rules and instructions for who needs this type of document.

Step by Step for Completing the I-140 Petition

June 3, 2021
The I-140 is essential for U.S. companies to fill out if they are planning on hiring a foreign worker (non-citizen). An approved petition allows those abroad to file for a visa at a U.S. consulate, while an approved I-140 for a domestic candidate allows for concurrent or eventual green card filing.

How to Replace your EB5 Conditional Green Card

April 19, 2021
Conditional green cards are also provided to EB-5 Investors living in the U.S. In order to remove these conditions, applicants need to file an I-829 in hopes of receiving a permanent 10-year green card.

What is Parole and how can parolees adjust their status?

March 22, 2021
Being paroled in the United States as a non-citizen does not equal an admission, and is not the same process as being inspected after receiving a visa to enter the country. Nevertheless, parolees through select scenarios may be eligible to adjust their status in the United States.

Different Types of Travel Documents Needed for Green Card Holders and Applicants

February 25, 2021
Leaving, or attempting to enter the U.S. without a government-issued passport can present problems for LPRs, and green card applicants who are in the midst of processing. Here are the main travel documents needed in order to avoid issues with Customs officers upon re-entry.

Marriage Green Card Guide: Living in the U.S. and Married to a Green Card Holder (LPR)

February 19, 2021
In this case, the process is ultimately much longer than other types of processing due to having to wait for the I-130 to be processed separately from the I-485 application and other supporting documents.
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