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Chatting with Charlie Webinar Series

Former U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of Immigrant Visa Control Charlie Oppenheim is WR Immigration’s Director of Visa Consulting. Mr. Oppenheim leads two webinars each month in his “Chatting with Charlie” series regarding current visa issues and live reactions to the Visa Bulletin on LinkedIn. The Chatting with Charlie HR  Webinar Series assists companies and individuals with […]

USCIS IMMIGRATION FILING FEES INCREASE EFFECTIVE APRIL 1

CONDITIONAL EB-5 PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO FILE FORM I-829 REMOVAL OF PETITIONS BEFORE APRIL 1, 2024, CAN SAVE $5,775 By Joey Barnett This final rule increasing the government filing fee is effective April 1, 2024. Any benefit request postmarked on or after this date must be accompanied by the new fees established by this final rule. […]

Client Alert: USCIS Final Rule for FY 2025 H-1B Cap Registration

By Nathan Grow On February 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule titled Improving the H-1B Registration Selection Process and Program Integrity. The final rule, which will become effective March 4, 2024 focuses on enhancing integrity, reducing fraud, and ensuring fairness in beneficiary selection in this year’s H-1B lottery registration […]

Press Release: WR Immigration Announces New Denver Office Led by Partner Ceridwen Koski

Highlighting WR Immigration’s continued commitment to Journey Forward while providing our clients the best legal experience, we are pleased to announce the opening of our new Denver office led by law partner Ceridwen Koski. Ceri joins the WR Immigration team bringing her expertise and dedication to further enhance the firm’s commitment to providing top-notch immigration […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on DOS’ latest H-1B Guidance, DHS TPS and Student Relief, USCIS’ “Extraordinary Circumstances” and much more! DOS Provides Guidance, FAQs on Domestic Renewal of H-1B Visas for Certain Applicants The Department of State (DOS) has released guidance and frequently asked questions on its new pilot program to resume […]

5 Things to Know About the Proposed New EB-5 Filing Fee Increases

By Joey Barnett The White House received the final rule containing new USCIS fees on Monday, January 8, 2024, and the Final Fee Rule should be published within the next few weeks. USCIS has stated that a significant increase in immigration filing fees is necessary to costs and better manage its workload. Once published in […]

January Global Immigration Update

WR Immigration’s January global immigration updates include the latest developments in the Workforce Australia site, China business and tourist visas, Brazil’s e-visa platform, Ukrainian TPS, and much more! Australia The Australian government has announced that employers conducting labor market testing for relevant immigration applications will no longer have to advertise on the Workforce Australia site. […]

H-1B Cap Travel FAQ for F-1 Students

By Kimberley Best Robidoux Q: When is the H-1B cap registration period? A: It is expected to be the first two weeks of March 2024 but as of January 24, 2024 the specific dates have not yet been announced by USCIS. Q: If I am maintaining F-1 status, can I travel while my H-1B cap […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on USCIS’ Organizational Accounts, H-2B Visa Cap Reached, USCIS Filing Fees, and much more! USCIS to Launch Organizational Accounts, Enabling ‘Online Collaboration’ and Submission of H-1B Registrations U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to launch organizational accounts for non-cap filings and the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B […]

A Guide to Understanding the Visa Bulletin for HR Immigration Professionals

Delving into the intricacies of the Final Action Chart (Chart A) and Dates for Filing Chart (Chart B), this legal article aims to provide clarity on the often-discussed topic in our “Chatting With Charlie” series. By Laura Bloniarz and Charles Oppenheim Understanding Chart A and Chart B:  Chart A Basics:  Chart A signifies immigrant visa […]

WR Immigration Attorneys Recognized by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) 2024

WR Immigration’s Who’s Who Legal performance index rankings showcase our expertise in immigration law. WR Immigration Attorneys’ Who’s Who Legal Rankings WR Immigration is honored to announce that 5 attorneys have been recognized in the 2024 Who’s Who Legal (WWL) performance index, a significant achievement. The following attorneys received this distinction:  What is the Who’s […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on Increases to Premium Processing Fees, DOS’ Supplemental Questionnaire, updates to DOS’ Pilot Program, and more! DHS Increases Premium Processing Fees On February 26, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security will increase premium processing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): A table in the final […]

USCIS Increases H-1B Premium Processing Fee to $2,805, Alongside Fee Increases for Other Case Types

** Update and Clarification for H-4 and L-2: DHS Increases Premium Processing Fees ** Despite the information provided by USCIS in its December 27, 2023 press release, Form I-539 Applications for a change or extension of stay for H-4 and L-2 dependents are not eligible for Premium Processing. However, if such applications are submitted together […]