USCIS Fee Increase 10/2020

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a Final Rule that alters the USCIS fee schedule by adjusting fees by a weighted average increase of 20 percent. The rule also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies certain intercountry adoption processing. Read more here: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-fees-to-help-meet-operational-needs

Visa Bulletin 09/20

The Visa Bulletin provides updated priority date information for family-based and employment-based green cards. Immigrants to the US are classified into two categories – those requiring placement on a waiting list and those not through their relationship to a US immediate relative. Further, there are numerical quotas on the green cards that require a priority date. If the number of applicants in a year is over the available visa numbers, those applicants are placed on a waiting list and are given a priority date, which estimates when an applicant would get a visa based on the number of previous applicants on the waiting list.

Below is the link for the Visa Bulletin for September 2020: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-for-September-2020.html

F1 Reminder

USCIS is reminding F-1 aliens participating in post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), and their designated school officials (DSOs), that they must update the employer information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), including unemployment data.

Aliens in F-1 nonimmigrant status may update their employer information through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal, a tool that allows F and M aliens participating in post‑completion practical training to report accurate and timely information directly to SEVP.

U Visa Updates

Starting June 29, 2020, petitioners residing in certain states must file Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, at the Nebraska Service Center, instead of the Vermont Service Center

Petitioners should determine which service center they should send these and related forms (such as Form I-192 and Form I-765) based on their state of residence. Please for more information re: filing location, contact Agarwal Law Offices at 978-905-9992.

USCIS on RFEs

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USCIS is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

For assistance with filing your case, please reach out to Agarwal Law Offices at 978-905-9992.

USCIS Fee Increases

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a Final Rule that alters the USCIS fee schedule by adjusting fees by a weighted average increase of 20 percent. The rule also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies certain intercountry adoption processing. Read more here: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-fees-to-help-meet-operational-needs

I-944 Changes

USCIS has released the following information re: suspending the public benefit condition imposed with the filing of Form I-944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency.

“On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) in State of New York, et al. v. DHS, et al. and Make the Road NY et al. v. Cuccinelli, et al. enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak…Beginning on July 29, 2020 USCIS will apply the 1999 public charge guidance that was in place before the Public Charge Rule was implemented on Feb. 24, 2020; in other words, the public benefit condition will not be applied.”