Important Announcements

September 2018


USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for October 2018

USCIS determined that for October 2018, the Dates for Filing chart may be used for both family-based preference filings and for employment-based preference filings.

October’s Adjustment of Status Filing Charts
For Family-Sponsored Filings:

  • You must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for October 2018.

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:

  • You must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for October 2018.

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USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

USCIS Announced today, effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request. O-1 and O-2 nonimmigrant visas are available to individuals with extraordinary ability in science, education, business, athletics, or the arts, and individuals with extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, and certain essential support personnel. A consultation letter from a U.S. peer group, labor organization, and/or management organization is generally required for petitions in the O visa classification.

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USCIS Workload Transfers some F,M,J, B I-539s from VSC to PSC & NSC

USCIS announced 9/4/18, it transferred some Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, for F, M, J or B nonimmigrants from the Vermont Service Center to the Potomac Service Center and the Nebraska Service Center.

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The New USCIS Memo on RFEs and NOIDs

The New RFE Memo
The July 13, 2018, RFE Policy Memorandum supersedes prior guidance and takes effect on September 11, 2018. The announced USCIS guidance encourages adjudicators to deny a request for an immigration benefit without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).

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Employment-Based Visa Availability Update

We have had several recent inquiries regarding visa availability for the EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and Third "Other Workers" (EW) preference categories in the coming months.

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USCIS Final Rule Increasing the Premium Processing Fee

USCIS Published Federal Register Form I-907 Premium Processing fee is $1,225 to $1,410 effective on 10/1/18. a 14.92 percent increase. Applications postmarked on or after that date must include the new fee. (83 FR 44449, 8/31/18)

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