On October 24, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a final rule confirming an increase to the processing fees for most of the applications and petitions it handles. This is a result of USCIS’ comprehensive review of the fee schedule for the fiscal year 2016/2017 the first USCIS fee increase since

A number of employers have reported receiving suspicious letters being sent to L-1A executives.  The letters use incorrect grammar, and claim to be signed by Lori Scialabba, Deputy Director of USCIS.  Upon learning of these suspicious letters, The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) reached out to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which confirmed that

H-1B and L-1 employers who were subject to Public Law 111-230 and required to pay an additional filing fee of either $2,000 (H-1B) or $2,250 (L-1) do not need to pay these fees for petitions filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015. This additional fee only applied to certain companies with large numbers of H1B

The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance operations, is continuing to experience technical problems, which is limiting the State Department’s visa processing capacity.  As a result, are widespread delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance worldwide.  In conjunction with the Department of State (DOS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection

As many of you already know, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) implemented an electronic Form I-94 process in 2013, which means that (most) nonimmigrant U.S. travelers no longer fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record when they arrive in the U.S.  Instead, the CBP gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic

Analysis of new data obtained from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) reveals a dramatic increase in the number of L-1B Non Immigrant visa petitions filed, approved and denied, as well as the number of Requests for Evidence (“RFEs”) issued by the two Service Centers responsible for processing L-1 petitions, the California Service Center (“CSC”)

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a helpful brochure, “Know Before You Go“. The CBP brochure helps travelers prepare for and anticipate visa issues related to summer travel, reminding international travelers to have valid travel documents and to secure visas where required.

For foreign nationals residing in

According to information provided by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), if you’re a Canadian seeking admission to the US in L-1 Intracompany Transferee status (including L-1A Multinational Managers and Executives and L-1B Specialized Knowledge Employees) under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the process of obtaining the USCIS I-797 L-1A Approval Notice may