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Karen-Lee Pollak

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USCIS ANNOUNCES PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR NEW CATEGORIES

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, May 24, 2022 @ 10:37 AM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. This expansion of premium processing only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under a multinational executive and manager classification or EB-2 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver (NIW). Petitioners who wish to request a premium processing upgrade must file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.

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(Great) Changes For L2 Visa Holders

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Mar 11, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Spouses and dependents of L1 visa holders are issued L2 Visas.  L-1A visas are foreign nationals who come to work in the US in a managerial or executive capacity. L-1Bs are similar, but the nature of work pertains to specialized knowledge. These are non-immigrant visas that enable you to live in the United States for a limited amount of time. 

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COVID-19 VACCINE AND U.S. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Nov 06, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

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FY2022 H-1B Registration Period and Other Changes?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 7:20 PM

H-1B Season is upon us.  The good news is we expect USCIS to announce the the date the H1-B Registration period begins shortly.  

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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

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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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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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