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New USCIS Fees Put on Hold

A federal judge in California issued an injunction on Tuesday preventing the USCIS from putting in place a new fee schedule. The new fee schedule was set to go into effect on October 2, 2020, but as of now that will not happen. On the issue of whether there was proper authority within the Department of Homeland Security to implement the new fee structure, the judge determined that there was sufficient uncertainty and temporarily blocked it from going into effect.
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Insights on Proposed H-1B Regulation Changes

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has published some information on the possible regulatory changes that could be coming in the near future for the H-1B classification. According to AILA, we can anticipate several proposed changes to the H-1B regulations. These changes could include redefining “specialty occupation” to make it more restrictive than the current definition. Changes to the rules around “employer-employee” relationships as it relates to 3rd party worksite placements, including changes to LCA requirements to make the 3rd party host part of the LCA process, are apparently being considered. It is also anticipated that the Department of Labor will adjust prevailing wage requirements, which would impact H-1B petitions.
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The People’s Republic of China – COVID-19 Update

Effective September 28, 2020, The People’s Republic of China, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration, announced that foreign nationals with valid residence permits issued for work, personal matters, or family reunions, will be allowed to enter China without needing to apply for a new visa. Chinese consulates and embassies will be renewing said visas if they have expired after March 28, 2020 provided that the purpose of the foreign national’s visit to China remains unchanged.
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