USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee | What You Need to Know

The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act was signed into law on October 1. This required the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to increase its fees for premium processing. Premium processing provides expedited processing for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. To receive […]

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What Changes Did the Department of Homeland Security Make to the H-1B Program?

On October 6, 2020, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would make changes to the H-1B program. According to DHS, this was done to “protect U.S. workers” and restore “integrity to the H-1B program.” The H-1B program exists to help foreign workers looking to receive employment in the United States. […]

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USCIS Implements New Law for Citizenship for Children of Military Members

On September 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated their policy guidance regarding residency requirements under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This was done to be in compliance with the requirements of the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act that was recently enacted.  The new law states […]

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USCIS Changes Fees in Order to Meet Operational Needs

Unlike other government agencies, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a fee funded agency. This means the fees that are collected and deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account fund roughly 97% of USCIS’ budget. In order to ensure USCIS recovers its costs of services, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced […]

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