VISA BULLETIN AND PRIORITY DATES

Please keep checking https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin.html for November Visa Bulletin that should be available sometime this week.

I am lately having a lot of questions from various people asking if downgrade from EB2 to EB3 is recommended for Indian nationals with an EB2 approved I-140 petition.  At this point we do not recommend the downgrade but watch out this space for more updates as the visa bulletins are released.

Premium Processing Fees Increase from October 1, 2018

Just a reminder to ensure that the check for $1,410 in favor of Department of Homeland Security is attached for all premium processing cases filed on or after October 1, 2018. Previously the fees for premium processing was $1225.

The new premium processing filing fee increase will become effective for all requests mailed, postmarked or otherwise filed on or after October 1, 2018.

Remember that Premium Processing is still available for Employment-Based (EB2/EB3) petitions and I-129 H-1B petitions filed as “Continuation of Previously Approved Employment without Change”.

 

PUBLIC CHARGE – Impact on Greencards and Naturalization

Any potential and/or intending immigrant  such as ones with approved immigrant petition (such as I-140 etc) should ensure that they do not become a Public Charge. The definition and interpretation of “Public Charge” is currently being expanded.  “PUBLIC CHARGEIS A TERM USED by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.

On September 22, USCIS Proposed Rule 2018 DHS AnnouncedRead More »

G-28 Version Change

USCIS is currently extending grace period for prior versions of G-28 till November 19, 2018. Ensure that only the version dated September 17, 2018 is used after November 19, 2018. G-28 is the form used for all attorney representations in immigration filings.

You can find the latest version of G-28 from https://www.uscis.gov/g-28

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