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Nov 20, 2019

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Increases Premium Processing Fee for Employment-Based Petitions Again

On December 2, 2019, the cost to request premium processing of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase from $1,410 to $1,440.

In a statement, USCIS noted that the increase “is done in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, reflects the full amount of inflation from the implementation of the premium processing fee in June 2001 through August 2019 based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U).” USCIS increased the premium processing fee to the current $1,440 from $1,225 in October of 2018. » Read More

Nov 18, 2019

Sussex County Votes Against Supporting New Jersey Sanctuary State Immigration Trust Directive

On Election Day, Sussex County, New Jersey, voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot referendum on whether the county should cooperate with federal immigration officials. The ballot measure was in response to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s December of 2018 Immigrant Trust Directive, which effectively declared New Jersey a “sanctuary state.” » Read More

Oct 08, 2019

5 Workplace Discrimination Examples Based on Immigration Status and National Origin

Last month, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) adopted enforcement guidance on its prohibition of discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived “alienage and citizenship status” and “national origin.” The NYCCHR highlighted the following demographics of our city’s melting pot:

  • Approximately 3.2 million residents (37% of the city’s population) were born outside of the country
  • More than 50% of children in the city have a foreign-born parent
  • Approximately 60% of residents in the city live with at least one immigrant in the household
  • With hundreds of languages spoken throughout the five boroughs, New York is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world
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Sep 03, 2019

Impact of New Public Charge Rule on Seniors and Disabled Individuals

In August, the Department of Homeland Security issued the final version of its revised “Public Charge” regulation. This rule is scheduled to go into effect in October, although legal challenges are expected.

If implemented, the rule could have devastating effects on individuals with disabilities and seniors who are immigrants, as well as those who rely on caregivers who are immigrants. » Read More

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