February 13, 2007
PROPOSED USCIS FILING FEE INCREASE TO TAKE EFFECT AS OF JUNE 1, 2007: IT’S TIME TO FILE YOUR APPLICATION NOW!
USCIS published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register on February 1, 2007, which proposes to raise filing fees significantly on all immigration applications and petitions. Fee increases will take effect no sooner than 120 days after the publish date. The Proposed Rule creates a 60 day public comment period. Any comments submitted in response to the rule must be taken into consideration and responded to before the rule is finalized.
A few highlights:
Nonimmigrant worker petitions
Alien Fiancee petition
Alien Relative petition
Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
Application to Adjust Status
Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
USCIS proposes to eliminate filing fees for I-765 applications for employment authorization and I-131 applications for travel authorization filed with the I-485. The huge fee increase is purportedly to compensate for elimination of those filing fees, even though many adjustment of status applicants choose not to apply for work and/or travel authorization.
The USCIS also promises that the new fee schedule will improve service levels and ensure the security and integrity of the immigration system without causing backlogs to return. This fee review is based for the first time on an enhanced staffing model that is designed to align resources with the need to prevent future backlogs, providing for an efficient and effective workforce balance.
Please contact our office NOW at 603.228.1277 if you are considering applying for a visa or changing your status while in the U.S.
EMPLOYERS: START THE H-1B VISA APPLICATION PROCESS NOW !
REMEMBER: LAST YEAR THE H-1B VISA CAP WAS REACHED BEFORE END OF MAY .
Most employers are aware of the annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas for Specialty Workers. The cap opens up each year on October 1, the start of the government's fiscal year; however, because H-1B petitions can be filed 6 months in advance of the employment start date, they can be filed as early as April 1, 2007.
Every year the cap has been filling up sooner and sooner. Last year, the cap was reached on end of May, creating a window of less than 2 months during which any new H-1B petitions could be filed for that year.
Please contact our office if you wish to change status to H-1B or obtain your first H-1B visa , so we can begin preparing the petition in February for filing on April 1, 2007.
GREAT NEWS FOR PHILIPPINE NURSES: NCLEX TO BE OFFERED IN
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has selected
Manila, the capital city of the , as a new site for the administration of the NCLEX examinations. This testing center could go live by this summer depending on how quickly Pearson Vue can prepare the testing center. Philippines
Nashua, New Hampshire Office Now Open
GoffWilson has opened a new office in
at Nashua, New Hampshire 20 Trafalgar Square, Suite 424.
The office will help us meet the rapidly growing demand for immigration services of Southern New Hampshire and greater
Please visit our web site at www.goffwilson.com for directions to our new office, and in case you have any questions, please call us at 603/ 589-4018. We hope to see you soon!
Did you know?
Border Fence Could Cost $49 Billion. If the
government actually decides to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, the final cost could be as much as $49 billion over the next 25 years. And, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the nonpartisan research arm of Congress, even then the fence might not effectively protect the border against drug smugglers and others who want to cross the border undetected. The $49 billion price tag is based on estimates from the Army Corps of Engineers that helped build the existing 14-mile long fence in United States and would cover the cost of the 700-mile fence Congress authorized last year. However, the San Diego U.S.has a 1,952-mile long border with . Therefore, CRS suggests, a $49 billion, 700-mile border fence really would not be effective in preventing people from crossing the border illegally. Mexico
For more information about the proposed fee increase, please visit pages 24 and 25:
For more information about taking NCLEX in the
please visit: https://www.ncsbn.org/1152.htm Philippines
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