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ICE Arrests 15 F1 Students on OPT for Fraud, 1100 in violation

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 4 Comments

Today US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 15 students on F1 Visa OPT, who fraudulently used OPT program to stay in the country. It is part of an operation called “OPTical Illusion”. The operation was part of ICE enforcement that monitors F1 students for compliance and their status. SEVP and ICE monitors over one million nonimmigrant students in F …

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17 Organizations file new Lawsuit on H1B Wage Levels Increase

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 3 Comments

Late yesterday evening, 17 organizations, which consist of group of Universities, non-profits, and businesses filed a lawsuit against US Dept of Labor regarding the recent rule on increase in the H1B, PERM Wage Levels & changes. This is the second lawsuit, the first one was filed by ITServe. In this article, we will review the lawsuit summary and key argument …

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Lawsuit on H1B Wage Levels Increase Filed by ITServe Alliance

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 15 Comments

As many of you know, the H1B Prevailing Wage levels were dramatically increased for H1B workers in recent wage protections regulation that was published in federal register.  There was a lawsuit filed today on the new regulation. In this article we will discuss the background on why and details of the lawsuit that we have as of now. If you …

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H1B, I-140, L1 Premium Processing Fee $2500, Effective Oct 19th

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 3 Comments

As many of you know, USCIS provides Premium Processing for faster processing of I-129 petitions and get a decision in 15 days. The current fee for it is $1,440 and it is increasing to $2,500 from October 19th, 2020. In this article, we will cover the background, why going up, who all it affects and other details. Background of Premium …

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New H1B, PERM Wage Levels defined in Regulation. Huge Impact!

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 77 Comments

As some of you know, recently H1B, PERM wage levels rule that was submitted to OMB and later withdrawn. It was published as an interim final rule to Federal register on Oct 8th, 2020 and effective now. We will review the background, current wage levels, new wage levels, and impact in this article. This prevailing wage level changes rule is …

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New Rule – USCIS Premium Processing for H4, L2, EAD. Fee $2500

In US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 31 Comments

Today Senate passed & president signed a big stopgap spending bill to stop shutdown of the US government agencies. As part of that Govt. spending bill, changes to USCIS Premium Processing fee & categories were included. The changes include new options for H1B, L1 dependents like H4, L2 and also EAD. Also, the premium processing fee is going to increase. …

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Visa Bulletin – Filing Date vs Final Action Dates? How does it work?

In Green Card by KumarUpdated : 6 Comments

As many of you know, the October 2020 Visa Bulletin is out and there is some significant movement of priority dates in Employment based category for EB3, especially for Indian nationals under the “Dates for Filing” chart. There was some confusion created by USCIS first telling you need to use the “Final Action Date” and later updating that you can …