Filing Fee Increases ?

The USCIS has published a proposed rule that would increase filing fees for most immigration filings. The fee increases are huge with the L petition cost going up by over 200% and the H-1b over 70%. I-485 filings would double from $1225 to $2820 and H-1b registrations form $10 to $215. The new fees will… Continue reading Filing Fee Increases ?

Public Charge Rule Goes into Effect

The USCIS has announced that its public charge rule will go into effect on Dec 23, 2022. This has the practical result of requiring all I-485 applications in process but, not yet filed to be re-done to use the new I-485 form version that was just released. For employment based applicants, there should be little… Continue reading Public Charge Rule Goes into Effect

Federal Reserve Chair Takes Aim at Trump/Miller

In a recent speech, Federal Reserve Board Chair Powell directly charged the Trump era anti-legal immigration policies for having a continued negative effect on the U.S. economy. The anti-immigrant policies created by Stephen Miller and implemented by the Trump Administration reduced the number of high-skilled, healthcare, and STEM workers being admitted into the U.S. The… Continue reading Federal Reserve Chair Takes Aim at Trump/Miller

OPT STEM Program Upheld by Federal Court

The Federal Court of Appeals for Washington D.C. upheld a lower Court decision and ruled that both the OPT and STEM OPT programs were lawfully enacted. This case arose from a lawsuit initiated by a group of union tech workers in 2008 arguing that any type of OPT program created by the DHS exceeded the… Continue reading OPT STEM Program Upheld by Federal Court

H-1b Data from SIA

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) has published an article filled with H-1b data in the context of heavy demand for IT talent. It notes the massive increase in H-1b registrations to almost 500,000 for this year’s H-1b lottery. At some point, hopefully Congress grasps that the lack of IT talent tin the US is a problem… Continue reading H-1b Data from SIA

Emphasis on STEM

The current White House Administration and the USCIS has chosen to promote immigration options for STEM workers and have created multiple on-line resources to explain non-immigrant pathways and immigrant pathways available for international workers and U.S. employers.