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LATEST NEWS ALERT: DHS Finalizes Steep Artist Visa Fee Increases and Policy Changes – (07/31/20)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized its December proposal to impose very steep increases to some of its…

LATEST NEWS ALERT: F-1 Students Taking Online-Only Classes Must Depart U.S. – (07/09/20) UPDATED 07/14/20

Earlier this week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a Broadcast Message substantially narrowing the abi…

LATEST NEWS ALERT: Trump Administration Extends and Expands Certain Immigration Restrictions through 2020 - (06/23/20)

Last night the President announced an extension through December of his executive order from late April that had, at that time, …

LATEST NEWS ALERT: Premium Processing Service to Resume – (05/29/20)

Premium Processing Service (PPS) for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien…

Brazil Travel Restrictions Issued – (05/28/20)

The Trump Administration announced that entry would be suspended into the United States for any individual who has been in Brazi…

USCIS Responses to RFEs and NOIDs – (UPDATED 05/01/20 from 03/30/2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS has announced it is lengthening the amount of time for petitioners to respond to certain RFE…

U.S. to Suspend New Immigration for 60 Days – (04/23/2020)

The Trump Administration is expected to sign a new executive order today that would suspend new immigration for an initial 60-da…

Travel Restrictions Continue - (04/20/20, Updated 6/23/20)

Today, the Trump Administration extended travel and asylum restrictions along the U.S. border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mexi…

DHS Provides Options for COVID-Related Extension/Change of Status Filings – (04/16/20)

Acknowledging the travel and immigration-related complications due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) r…

USCIS IMMEDIATELY SUSPENDING I-907 PREMIUM PROCESSING SERVICE - (03/20/2020)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service (…

Most Countries Suspending Routine U.S. Visa Services – (03/20/2020)

As of March 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide as a result o…

Coronavirus 30-Day Ban on Travel to U.S. for Europe’s Schengen Area Citizens Effective March 14, 2020 - (UPDATED 3/14/20)

On March 11, 2020, President Trump announced a Presidential Proclamation restricting travel from the “Schengen Area” of Europe f…

USCIS to implement new forms and “public charge” rule beginning Feb 24, 2020 – (02/07/20) UPDATED

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to issue a stay of nationwide injunctions, with the exception of the state of Illinois…

Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban to 6 Additional Countries – (02/07/20)

On January 31, 2020, the Trump Administration issued immigrant travel restrictions on nationals of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyr…

DHS Proposes Steep Artist Visa Fee Increases and Policy Changes – (12/12/19)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed making it much more costly to apply to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Ser…

Visa Petitioners: PPS Fee Now $1,440 – and must use new form - (12/03/19)

As of December 2, 2019, the PPS fee has increased to $1,440. Also, USCIS has specified that requests for PPS must be done using …

USCIS Issuing Denials to Petitions It Suspects Do Not Contain Original Signatures - (11/20/19)

It has been made evident very recently that USCIS is now issuing a denial if it suspects signatures on paper petitions are not o…

Premium Processing Fee to Increase – Again – Dec 2nd - (10/31/19)

Following last October’s $185 increase, USCIS has announced an additional $30 increase for petitions using the premium processin…

Processing Times Lengthen as Expedite Options Narrow - (10/30/19)

Earlier this year, USCIS quietly changed its policy regarding eligibility to make an expedite request, also known as the “tradit…

UPDATED ALERT: New I-129 Must Be Used Starting October 15, 2019 - (10/10/19)

Corresponding with a new rule regarding non-U.S. citizens accessing public benefits in the U.S., USCIS has just a new form I-129…

ALERT: IRS Launches Simplified CWA Form - (10/10/19)

Following a public comment period and informational webinar, the IRS has finalized and launched Form 13930-A, which can be used …

IRS Releases Draft Simplified CWA for Public Comment - 07/18/19 (UPDATED 8/8/19)

The IRS has announced a draft approach to a streamlined CWA process for foreign guest artists seeking to confirm taxes due for w…

IRS Announces Progress on Simplified CWA; More Details Soon - (06/18/19)

Details will soon be announced about relief for foreign guest artists seeking to confirm taxes due for work performed with U.S. …

Petitioners and Guest Artists: Allow More Time for Consular Processing - (06/12/19)

The Department of State recently announced that as of May 31, 2019, new U.S. visa applicants worldwide in most categories, inclu…

IRS Working on Improvement to Foreign Artist Tax Policy - (03/22/19)

Relief may soon be in sight for foreign guest artists seeking to confirm taxes due for work performed with U.S. arts organizatio…

New Form I-129 Available - (03/20/19)

USCIS has released an updated edition of the Form I-129, used to file for petition approval of O and P visas. Starting 05/20/19,…

USCIS Accepting Copies of Negative O and P Visa Consultations from Labor Unions - (02/11/19)

9/21/18: USCIS has created a dedicated email inbox for directly accepting copies of negative consultation letters from labor uni…

Impact of Shutdown? – (01/08/19)

In light of the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government as of midnight, December 21, 2018, some petitioners are wonderin…

USCIS Releases Another Update to Form I-907 - (10/11/18)

USCIS has made a minor change to its Form I-907, which is used to request Premium Processing Service for faster processing of pe…

PPS Fee to Increase October 1 - (08/31/18)

USCIS has announced the PPS fee for expediting form I-129 and form I-140 will increase to $1,410 beginning October 1, 2018.

Denials, Requests for Evidence, and Extensions of Stay – 07/20/18 (Updated 9/27/18)

Clarification about recent policy memoranda from USCIS. Read on for more.

IRS Narrows CWA Eligibility - (07/19/18)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that starting October 1, 2018 nonresident performers will only be able to quali…

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Restrictions - (07/10/18)

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 ruling to uphold President Trump’s Proclamation issued September 24, 2017, wh…

New Form I-907 For Premium Processing Service – (07/05/18)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released an even newer update to the Form I-907 from three months ago, whi…

St. Petersburg Consulate General in Russia to be Closed - (3/30/18)

Due to the Russian government’s ordered closure of the U.S. Consulate General, effective March 31, services are no longer availa…

Reminder: File Petitions Early! Allow for Delays and Consular Quirks – (03/21/18)

In addition to petitioners reporting mixed results when it comes to turnaround time from USCIS, in recent weeks a few petitioner…

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