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Immigration Policy Changes Leave Employers Wishing USCIS Took a Summer Vacation

Employers Prepare for Higher Costs as USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fees

There were no lazy days of summer to be had in 2018—at least not when it came to the introduction of new immigration policies by the Trump administration. The momentum with which it announced and implemented new policies over the course of July and August was dizzying, not only because there were so many changes but also because those changes were substantial. This article provides an overview of this summer’s most notable immigration policy changes and their likely impact on employers.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for premium processing of certain visa petitions will increase from the current rate of $1,225 to $1,410, beginning October 1, 2018.

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