In a significant development for H-1B visa holders, the Department of State (DOS) initiated a pilot program on January 29, 2024, streamlining the visa renewal process. For the first time, certain H-1B visa holders now have the opportunity to renew their visas online, eliminating the need to travel outside the United States to an embassy or consulate. This pilot is specifically designed for principal H-1B applicants whose last visa was issued in India or Canada, offering a much-needed convenience [...]

LGT forwards this resource to highlight a new fee that will be assessed on all Forms I-129, I-129CW, and I-140 beginning April 1, 2024, as well as to explain new fee structures for Form I-129 and Form I-485 and its ancillary benefit applications (Form I-765 and Form I-131). Details of Changes to Fee Structures for Form I-129 and Form I-140 The Final USCIS Fee Schedule, which will be implemented on April 1, 2024, introduces an Asylum Program Fee of $600 for Forms I-129, I-129CW, and I-140. This [...]

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a series of significant changes that will impact the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 H-1B registration and cap filing season. These changes involve adjustments to the H-1B registration system, a revision of the fee schedule, the introduction of an Asylum Program Fee, and updates to online filing and premium processing fees. Please review the following summary of these critical updates: H-1B Registration Final Rule Starting FY 2025, the [...]

Effective January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) imposes a new filing requirement on corporations, LLCs, and any other entity created by a filing with the Secretary of State, regardless of when the entity was formed (called “reporting company”), unless an exemption applies.  There are 23 exemptions, which include publicly traded companies meeting specified requirements, many nonprofits, and certain large operating companies. Each reporting [...]

Attorney John Perticone of the personal injury team at Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP secured a significant settlement for his client, a 32-year-old graduate student, who sustained a head injury and was able to return to her studies with some security.Levene Gouldin & Thompson’s personal injury team serves the Binghamton, Whitney Point and Ithaca, New York areas, as well as Montrose, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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