Newsletter Archive


Date 12/09/2016

Dear Client,

As a follow up to our prior alert, please be advised that USCIS has increased its filing fees for many USCIS benefits. These new fees go into effect in less than two weeks on December 23, 2016. Key fee increases include the base fee for I-129 applications (H-1Bs, L-1s, and E-3s), which will rise from $325 to $460 as well as the filing fee for I-140 applications will increase from $580 to $700. Further, several key… Read More


Date 11/23/2016

Dear Clients;

On November 18th, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published regulations entitled, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers””, which will benefit many highly skilled nonimmigrant foreign workers and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 employment-based immigrant workers and their employers. The final rule will take effect on January 17, 2017. The major… Read More


Date 10/27/16

Dear Client,

USCIS has increased its filing fees for the first time in six years and just in time for Christmas. The filing fees for many USCIS benefits have been increased and the new fees go into effect December 23, 2016. The base fee for an I-129 application will go up to $460 and the I-140 application fee has been increased to $700.

USCIS is a fee driven government agency, which means that it does not receive any money from… Read More


Date 10/26/16

Travel Alert: One DUI May Result in a Visa Denial at the Consulate

As we enter a busy travel season, many non-immigrants in the United States will be traveling home for the holidays. During their travels, many will make appointments at the local US Consulates for their visa stamping.

All non-immigrants must be aware of the new enforcement measure being undertaken by the Department of State in regard to revocation of non-immigrant visa and a… Read More


Date 07/01/16

The New 24-Month STEM OPT Extension: How to qualify and who will be affected?

by Damini M. Patel, Esq., Associate Attorney of The Nair Law Group

Currently Pending Applications

USCIS will send an RFE to any applicant who filed for a 17-month STEM OPT extension under the current rule and whose application is still pending as of May 10, 2016. The RFE will "request documentation that will establish that the student is… Read More