Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: Immigrant Visas

Immigration Alert: Immigration Filing Fees To Increase

The Department of Homeland Security has published a new rule, effective December 23, 2016, that raises immigration filing fees. The last time USCIS updated the fee schedule was on November 23, 2010. The current USCIS fee schedule and the new fees, effective in December, are displayed in the table below. Form Title Current Fee New Fee… Read More

Executive Order Means Big Changes for Skilled Immigrants

In the wake of President Obama’s decision to alter United States immigration policy by issuing an executive order, many news outlets and pundits have commented on the plan’s predicted effects for immigrants. While much of that attention has been focused on undocumented workers, it is important to note that the President’s plan also promises significant… Read More

2014 Immigration Executive Action, What We Know Now.

What we know now about the Immigration Executive Action announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014:  Q:  What are the basic requirements? A: An individual would need to have been in the US for 5 years; They would need to have a child who is a US Citizen or Permanent Resident; They can not have… Read More

How Does the Executive Immigration Action Announced by President Obama Affect Employers?

On the evening of November 20th, President Obama announced that the Deferred Action program, initially offered only to young people who were brought to the United States as children, will be expanded significantly to undocumented individuals who: Have been physically present in the US for five years; Have a US Citizen or Permanent Resident child;… Read More

DS-230 Expires for Certain Applicants, Online Forms Launched

A new DS-260 form has replaced the DS-230 for certain applicants. The DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa Application & Registration, and DS-261, Choice of Address and Agent, are electronic visa application forms completed and submitted online to the Department of State via the Internet through the Consular Electronic Applications Center. The forms may be partially completed,… Read More