On August 12, 2020, U.S. Department of State has issued a new advisory with new details and substantially broadened exceptions to the general ban on issuance of new H/L/J visas.
 
For example, the following qualifications are applicable to L-1 Visa applicants:
 
Travel by a senior-level executive or manager filling a critical business need of an employer meeting a critical infrastructure need. Critical infrastructure sectors include chemical, communications, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, transportation, and water systems. An L-1A applicant falls into this category when at least two of the following three indicators are present AND the L-1A applicant is not seeking to establish a new office in the United States:
 
1. Will be a senior-level executive or manager;
2. Has spent multiple years with the company overseas, indicating a substantial knowledge and expertise within the organization that can only be replicated by a new employee within the company following extensive training that would cause the employer financial hardship; or
3. Will fill a critical business need for a company meeting a critical infrastructure need.
 
Similar qualifications are established for H-1B, H-2B, or J-1.
 
Each case would require individualized analysis.
 
(https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/exceptions-to-p-p-10014-10052-suspending-entry-of-immigrants-non-immigrants-presenting-risk-to-us-labor-market-during-economic-recovery.html)

National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052

On August 12, 2020, U.S. Department of State has issued a new advisory with new details and substantially broadened exceptions to the general ban on issuance of new H/L/J visas.   For example, the following qualifications are applicable to L-1 Visa applicants:   Travel by a senior-level executive or manager filling a critical business need of an employer meeting a critical infrastructure need. Critical infrastructure sectors include chemical, communications, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and…

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PUBLIC CHARGE RULE SUSPENSION

USCIS has temporarily suspended the Public Charge Rule requirements that dramatically affected most family-based, employment-based green card applications, and applications for change, and extension of status since February 24, 2020. The Service was enforcing the public charge rule requirements to ensure that the applicants will not become a public charge in the US. We advise our clients to take advantage of this temporary respite to file their green card applications before the rule is revived later, if ever. Please contact the attorney…

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USCIS INCREASES FEES

Effective October 2, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing its processing fees for a wide range of immigration petitions and applications. For example, the application fees for filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative will go up from $535 to $560; the Application to Adjust Status or the Green Card Application fees have gone up from $1,140 to $2,270, and applications for Naturalization/Citizenship will be $ $1,170, instead of the current $640. Additionally, the new regulations…

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