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March 9 2021

Premium Processing (Expedite) now available for E-3 Status for Australian Nationals

USCIS announced that effective February 24, 2021, Premium Processing will be available to those requesting a change of status or extension of status for E-3 visa classification for qualified Australian professionals. The USCIS Premium Processing Service expedites USCIS’ processing times for certain visa categories.  Specifically, it requires an additional filing fee...

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February 23 2021

Prior Naturalization Test Reinstated

The Biden Administration has reinstated the same naturalization test that has been used for many years – the 100 questions about America’s history and government. It replaces the Trump test.  Here is the link https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/questions-and-answers/100q.pdf.

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February 17 2021

Changes to U Visas Expected from Biden Administration

U visas are for victims of crime and may provide permanent resident status.  A prosecutor or police letter is needed to support the application and only certain criteria will qualify the victim for this visa.  In the past, even if the U petition was granted, it did not protect one...

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February 10 2021

USCIS Announces Initial Registration Period for New H-1B Visas. Random H-1B Cap Selection Process to be Administered.

On February 5, 2021, USCIS announced that the initial H-1B cap registration for newvisas will be from Tuesday, March 9, 2021 through Thursday, March 25, 2021.USCIS will administer its usual random, computer-generated H-1B selection process. Itdelayed the effective date of the Trump H-1B wage-based selection rule to December31, 2021.The Trump...

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January 25 2021

Muslim Travel Ban Revoked

President Biden on the first day as President revoked the Trump Muslim travel ban.  It is history.  President Biden’s order also directs consuls to expedite pending ban waiver applications. Given COVID-19 we will have to see how soon the consuls take up applications and schedule interviews.

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