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On Wednesday, September 30, the U.S. Congress passed, and the President signed into law the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which provided for new and increased premium processing fees coupled with an authorized expansion of the case types eligible for premium processing.  On Friday, October 16, USCIS announced partial implementation of the law.    Beginning Monday, October 19, USCIS will collect […]

On October 8, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expected to publish a new, interim final rule that will impose stricter requirements on those seeking to qualify for H-1B classification. The effective date of the new rule is expected to be December 7, 2020.  Change in H-1B “Specialty Occupation” Definition and Criteria  […]

On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to publish a new, interim final rule that will impose higher wage requirements for H-1B workers and “green card” applicants whose applications are based on labor certification.  The new rule will be effective immediately.    Before employing an H-1B temporary worker, an employer must file and […]