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THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE 2020 ELECTIONS ON IMMIGRATION POLICY

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 @ 6:27 PM

THE TRUMP PLAN

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BREAKING NEWS: MAJOR CHANGES TO H1B PROGRAM EFFECTIVE AS EARLY AS OCTOBER 8, 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 06, 2020 @ 9:31 PM

H-1BThe Trump administration announced new, long-anticipated restrictions for the H-1B high-skilled visa program on October 6, 2020, some of which will go into effect this week.  The rules are "far and away, one of the most significant reforms made to the H-1B program in the past 20 years," said Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella.  The rule from the Department of Labor, which will go into effect Thursday morning, will change how much employers will be required to pay foreign workers they hire on H-1B visas and Green Cards, forcing them to pay workers more.  The rule may be viewed at https://s.docworkspace.com/d/ANohAcmTk6tJqNS2uqWdFA

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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO H1-B REGULATIONS IMMINENT

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Oct 01, 2020 @ 6:37 PM
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COURT STOPS USCIS'S FINAL RULE INCREASING FILING FEES

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 @ 8:50 PM

Breaking: Tonight,  the District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Centre v. Wolf enjoined the USCIS Final Rule increasing fees.  The Final Rule was supposed to go into effect on October 2, 2020 and will not pending the final adjudication of the above referenced case.  A copy of the Order is attached at https://s.docworkspace.com/d/AC_LxhOTk6tJkISSqqWdFA

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BREAKING:  Changes to USCIS Premium Processing Approved as Part of Resolution to Stop a Government Shutdown

Posted by PR Team on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 @ 10:00 PM

Breaking:  Tonight the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 11 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The legislation is H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act.    

Part of this Act is Division D—The Employment Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which increases the premium processing fee from $1440 to $2500 for Employment based Immigrant Visas in the EB1, 2 and 3 category and $1750 for nonimmigrant visas where premium processing was available as of August 2020.

It also expands premium processing to Multinational Executive and Manager Green Cards as well as EB2 National Interest Waivers. Cases must be adjudicated in 45 days.  The cost is $2500.  

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Lawsuit Filed to Set Aside Trump's April & June Proclamations

Posted by PR Team on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

Today, our client and 22 individual and organizational plaintiffs, including family-based immigrant visa petitioners, diversity visa lottery winners, and nonimmigrant visa sponsors, including those who want to bring in healthcare professionals from abroad to help during the pandemic, sued to prevent the devastating effects of President’s Trump’s unlawful and unconstitutional immigration ban.  Litigators from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Justice Action Center and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP as Lead Counsel, filed the plaintiffs’ claims as an amended complaint in Gomez v. Trump, (copy attached) which had initially challenged President Trump’s April immigration ban.  Today’s amended complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the first legal challenge to the entirety of President Trump's immigration ban, which has been extended through the end of 2020.

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UPDATE: SEVP No Longer Providing Exemptions for Int'l Students Taking Online Classes During Fall 2020 Semester

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 6:56 PM

On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that it would no longer provide exemptions for international students taking online classes due to the pandemic during the fall 2020 semester. ICE also issued a Broadcast Message with slightly more detail, and indicated the rule will be published in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule. 

Penn State University’s Immigration Rights Clinic has published this useful Frequently Asked Questions Sheet which may assist Foreign Students in answering common questions arising from this announcement.

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New Regulations Announced for International Students Studying in the USA This Fall

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 8:36 PM

Today, Monday July 6, 2020 SEVP (student exchange visitor program) announced its modifying its requirements for foreign F and M students to study in the USA for the fall semester. 

Previously, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding the online study policy for the spring and summer semesters due to Covid-19. This policy permitted F and M students to take more online courses than normally allowed for purposes of maintaining a full course of study to maintain their F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19. 

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Webinar with Yocket on Executive Order's Impact to Students and H1B Visa Holders

Posted by PR Team on Thu, Jul 02, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

Thanks to Yocket for hosting Karen on this webinar to discuss the impact of the executive order to students and H-1B visa holders.  The executive order impacts H-1B, H2, L1 and J Visas and suspends immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

Here is a link to the recording:

https://event.webinarjam.com/replay/183/m00goip5an1t3qwir6x9

Yocket is an online platform that aims to be a one-stop solution for students planning to study abroad. It is connects aspiring students planning to study abroad with university officials and alumni to simplify the process and guide students in firming up their plans.

 

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Yudi J & Karen Break Down Trump's June 2020 Executive Order

Posted by PR Team on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 10:06 PM

Many thanks to Yudi J for hosting Karen on his show to discuss Trump's suspension and travel ban.  The executive order impacts H-1B, H2, L1 and J Visas and suspends immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

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