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Changes in H-1B and O-1 petitions per USCIS
Date of Announcement: December 23, 2010 Per new federal rules, all Penn H-1B and O-1 petition filings to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must include the recently revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. OIP-ISSS has revised the H-1B request packet and O-1 request packet in order to gather…

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USCIS Fees
We are writing to inform you that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new fee schedule effective November 23, 2010. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010 must include the new fee.  Most fees are being raised, but the fee for…

Change of Filing Location for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).  As you may know, Form I-765 is used for F-1 OPT, F-1 Economic Hardship, and J-2 work permission applications.  According to USCIS, the change of filing location…

Update on New Centralized Prevailing Wage Process
As we advised you in November and December, the Department of Labor (DOL) has centralized the prevailing wage determination (PWD) request process for the H-1B, E-3, and permanent labor certification programs as of January 1, 2010.    The prevailing wage determination is the first step of the H-1B, E-3, and permanent labor…

SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment for Certain Countries
Date of announcement: 2009 SEVP stops accepting I-901 credit card payments for F-1/J-1 students and scholars from 4 countries Due to some problems, SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) is currently unable to accept credit card payments made on behalf of F-1/J-1 students and scholars from the following countries: Ghana Nigeria…