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
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan through January 4, 2021. » Read More
A new law was passed in Pennsylvania prohibiting employment of unauthorized employees.
Starting in October 2020, the construction industry employers are mandatorily required to verify the Social Security numbers of the employees. » Read More
Sixty former workers of Load Trail, a leading trailer manufacturing business, have filed a class-action suit against the business for failure to pay for the overtime work. » Read More
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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Early this year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed the mailing of “No-Match” letters to employers that submit, through a Form W-2, at least one name and Social Security Number that fail to match SSA records. » Read More
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
An information technology (IT) consulting company that develops database and web-based applications, content management, and blockchain technology was fined $48,193 by the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage & Hour Division to settle allegations of H-1B Visa Program violations. » Read More
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has informed all employers to continue using the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, released on July 17, 2017, notwithstanding the August 31, 2019, expiration date listed on that form. » Read More