Updates: Premium Processing Fee Increases, DOS’ Supplemental Questionnaire, and More!

Updates: Premium Processing Fee Increases, DOS’ Supplemental Questionnaire, and More!

DHS Increases Premium Processing Fees

Starting February 26, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security will raise premium processing fees by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Notable changes include an increase from $1,500 to $1,685 for Form I-129 and Form I-765, and from $1,750 to $1,965 for Form I-539.
Form I-140 fees will rise from $2,500 to $2,805 for various employment-based classifications.
USCIS emphasizes adherence to the correct filing fees to avoid rejection.
Details: USCIS Alert

DOS Proposes Supplemental Questionnaire for Passport Applications

The Department of State (DOS) seeks public input on a proposed supplemental questionnaire for passport applications.
The questionnaire, on Form DS-5513, gathers information on identity, family, and birth circumstances.
Passport agencies may mail the form to applicants, or they can download a fillable PDF version.
Details: DOS Notice

State Dept. Announces Pilot Program to Resume Domestic H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Renewals

The Department of State (DOS) unveils a pilot program for qualified H-1B visa renewals within the U.S.
Applications are accepted from January 29 to April 1, 2024, under specific criteria.
It aims to assess the feasibility of domestic visa renewals, potentially reducing global wait times.
Details: DOS Notice

OFLC Reminds Employers About Deadlines for Peak H-2A Filing Season

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) reminds employers of H-2A filing deadlines.
The filing window for Form ETA-9142B for work starting April 1, 2024, opens on January 2, 2024.
OFLC warns of random processing orders and potential deficiencies for multiple applications.
Details: OFLC Announcement

State Dept. Expands Consular Authority for Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waivers

From January 1, 2024, consular officers can waive in-person interviews for specific nonimmigrant visa applicants.
Categories include first-time H-2 visa applicants and other nonimmigrant applicants within 48 months of prior visa expiration.
In-person interviews may still be required based on discretion or local conditions.
Details: DOS Notice

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