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We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Act now and submit your questions!

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 between 3:00 to 4:30 pm (Eastern). The subject of the event will be the new Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee, which may be used to request a reduced fee for Form N-400. Representatives from USCIS will give an overview of form I-942 and answer questions during the discussion.

The new Form I-942 will go into effect December 23, 2016. Using this form, USCIS will offer a reduced filing fee of $320 for naturalization applicants with family incomes greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example, in 2016, a household of four with an income between $36,000 and $48,600 per year could pay the reduced fee.

Event Information:

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) recently affirmed the decision of a Certifying Officer (CO) to deny labor certification for the position of “Director of Sales.”

After receiving & reviewing an Employer’s Application for Permanent Labor Certification, the CO denied certification of the application for multiple reasons. Most importantly, the Employer did not include their name on their Notice of Filing (NOF) in violation of PERM regulation 656.10(d). PERM regulation 656.17 (f)(1) mandates that the advertisements “name the employer.”

The Employer sent a reconsideration request to the CO. In its argument, the Employer stated the NOF was acceptable regardless of the omission of their name. The Employer argued that public access to its building is limited and it is very plausible that only the company’s three employees would have access to the filing. With its request, the Employer submitted multiple documents including their articles of incorporation; federal tax return; photographs of the facility & bulletin posting area; certifications of accreditation; Florida Resale Certificate for Sales Tax; lease agreements; Google Map print-outs; and Miami.Dade.gov Property Information. With its Reconsideration Request, the Employer relied upon the Stone Tech decision.

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has released all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the United States (Overall), for a total of fifty-two updated fact sheets with accompanying info graphics and other details. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants, Asians and Latinos in each state. The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy division of the American Immigration Council (AIC).

With national immigration policy being discussed as part of Presidential Elections, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this IPC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; North Dakota, Ohio & Oklahoma.

The IPC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants, Latinos and Asians are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. With the nation working towards economic recovery, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

USCIS has raised its immigration filing fees effective December 23, 2016. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include these new fees. Please note that USCIS will reject your submission if the fees are not correct!

New USCIS’ fees effective December 23, 2016

FORM TITLE New Fee($)
G–1041 Genealogy Index Search Request 65
G–1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm) 65
G–1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record) 65
I–90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 455
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document 455
I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker 460
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) 535
I–130 Petition for Alien Relative 535
I–131/I-131A Application for Travel Document 575
I–140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker 700
I–191 Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile 930
I–192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant 585/930*
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa 585
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal 930
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion 675
I-360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant 435
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status 1,140
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years) 750
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur 3,675
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status 370
I-600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition 775
I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability 930
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver 630
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended) 930
I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act 1,130
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility 715
I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision 890
I-698 Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA) 1,670
I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence 595
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization 410
I-800/800A Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country 775
I-800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A 385
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits 600
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition 465
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions 3,750
I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation 785
I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program 17,795
I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center 3,035
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant 230
N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention 270
N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings 700
N-400 Application for Naturalization 640
N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes 355
N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 555
N-600/N-600K Application for Certification of Citizenship/Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322 1,170
USCIS Immigrant Fee 220
Biometric Services Fee 85

Note:

* The fee for Form I-192 will remain $585 when filed with and processed by CBP

** Certain forms require Biometric Services Fee, add $85

For further details please review the USCIS News Release, “USCIS Announces Final Rule Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees“.

Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 10/24/16, News Release:
USCIS Announces Final Rule Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees

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All of us at MVP Law Group would like to wish everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2016 marks 153 years of a national tradition. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise,” making Thanksgiving Day an annual holiday.

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Processing Time reports for all of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Service Centers were released on 11/16/16 with processing dates as of 9/30/16.

If you filed a petition with one of the Service Centers, please review the links below to determine the applicable processing time associated with your particular case.

California Service Center (CSC)

USCIS published the final rule, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” on November 18, 2016 and it goes into effect on January, 17, 2017. This final rule will modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. They have also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. Remember, this rule goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations to:

  • Clarify and improve longstanding DHS policies and practices implementing sections of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act and the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act related to certain foreign workers, which will enhance USCIS’ consistency in adjudication.