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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 September 29, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide injunction halting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) implementation of its new fee schedule, which it published earlier this year with a scheduled effective date of October 2. The new fee schedule would have […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the scheduled furlough of more than 13,000 employees has been cancelled and that it expects to be able to maintain operations through September 30, 2020, the end of the fiscal year.  The averted August 30, 2020 furlough would have impacted nearly 70% of the workforce at USCIS and likely would have slowed U.S. immigration […]

On August 19, 2020, in response to a lawsuit challenging the delayed production and delivery of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a consent decree allowing employers to temporarily accept certain approval notices for an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) for Form I-9 employment eligibility verification purposes in lieu of the actual physical card.     Specifically, when completing Form I-9, employers will be allowed to […]