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Public Charge Rule and New USCIS/DOS Forms

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a regulation redefining the definition of “public charge” under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Subsequently, numerous lawsuits were filed challenging such revision.  Then, in early October 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that, effective October 15, 2019, it would no longer accept […]

H-1B Cap FY2021 – It is that time of year again!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will implement the registration process in the next H-1B lottery.  Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.  Under this […]

Form I-9 – New Forms Available

UPDATE:  Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  A new Form I-9, with a version date of 10/21/2019, is now available for use, effective January 31, 2020.  However, employers may continue to use the form with version date of 07/17/2017 until April 30, 2020.  Effective May 1, 2020, employers can only use the 10/21/2019 version.   The form’s […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update

UPDATE:  On November 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain individuals from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, Nepal and Honduras.   The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation) to January […]

Increase in Premium Processing Fee

Increase in Premium Processing Fee –  Effective December 2, 2019, USCIS will increase the Premium Processing fee for certain employment-based matters from $1,410 to $1,440.  As a reminder, for the additional fee, USCIS will review certain petitions with 15 days, including Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition.  The increase in […]

Texas Super Lawyer – Rebecca Massiatte

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that Rebecca Massiatte has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine.  The attorneys on such list are peer-nominated and evaluated, as well as evaluated by independent research.  Rebecca Massiatte has been selected in the category of immigration. We understand that our achievements are a direct […]

DV (“Green Card”) Lottery – FY 2021

DV (“Green Card”) Lottery – yes, there is such a thing, and Department of State has  released instructions for the Fiscal Year 2021 program:  Each year, the Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available diversity visas (DV), drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet certain eligibility requirements from countries with […]

H-4 EAD Update

On September 16, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that the earliest publication date of its proposal to rescind the H-4 employment authorization program as detailed below is Spring 2020.  Accordingly, at this time, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visaholders continue to be eligible for employment authorization.   As additional details become available regarding […]

USCIS Plans to Close Most International Offices

On August 9, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans to close all but seven of its 20 field offices worldwide.  USCIS plans to maintain operations in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; San Salvador, El Salvador; Beijing, China; Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.  USCIS plans to close the field […]

USCIS Plans to Revise Naturalization Test

On July 19, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plans to revise the current naturalization test.  As background, an applicant to become a naturalized U.S. citizen must pass the naturalization test which generally includes an English and civics test.  Earlier, USCIS issued its Revision of the Naturalization Civics Test Memorandum  which announces the revision of […]