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March 2024 Update


WELCOME TO PINES LAW GROUP!


  • Fee Increases for Most Visas Coming April 1
  • H1B Visa Lottery Results to be Announced by End of March
  • SCOTUS Allows Texas Law to go Into Effect - 'Threatens to Create Chaos'


As the month of March draws to an end, we want to alert you to some significant fee increases for many visa application/processing fees. The price hikes go into effect on April 1. So, hurry up if you can and file your application in the next few days!


Also, the registration period for the 2025 H1B Visa Lottery has been extended until this coming Monday, March 25 (my Mom's Bday. Mom passed a month ago and a heartfelt thanks for your condolences. Fly high mom, you are in my heart forever ❤️).

Then, the selection process begins. Recipients will have 60 days to get their full applications filed.


This year the new H1B regulations in place limit multiple applications by same parties (petitioner employer and beneficiary). This is meant to reduce the "fraud and abuse" that has happened in the past, ensuring that each beneficiary has an equal chance of selection. Hopefully this translates that applicants will have a higher opportunity to get a visa slot. We have an article below.


Plus, there is a fight in the process playing out that could change how the federal government can enforce immigration laws. A controversial new law in Texas seeks to circumvent the federal authority by allowing state law enforcement to remove immigrants it believes came to the U.S. illegally. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law can go into effect while it is litigated. But, shortly after that announcement came out, a federal appeals court blocked implementation of the law again. We have the story below.


Next seminars at the Miami Board of Realtors: 

Foreign Investment for Immigration Purposes

March 27, 2024 at 9:30am, Hialeah. To register: click here.

April 10, 2024 – 10 a.m. in Spanish at the Coral Gables office.

April 18, 2024 – 10 a.m. in Miami HQ.

For registrations call 305-468-7000


If you should need help with immigration issues, upcoming immigration benefits and/or business-related visas, our firm can be of service.


En Español:

A medida que el mes de marzo llega a su fin, queremos alertarle sobre algunos aumentos significativos en las tarifas de solicitud de procesamiento de visas. Las subidas de precios entrarán en vigor el 1ero de abril. Por lo tanto, si puedes date prisa si vas a presentar una solicitud en los próximos días!

 

Además, el período de inscripción para la Lotería de Visas H1B 2025 se ha extendido hasta el próximo lunes 25 de marzo (el cumpleaños de mi madre. Mamá falleció hace un mes y un sincero agradecimiento por sus condolencias. Vuela alto mamá, estás en mi corazón para siempre ❤️).

Luego comienza el proceso de selección. Si entran en la selección del sorteo, los aplicantes tendrán 60 días para presentar sus solicitudes completas.

 

Este año, las nuevas regulaciones H1B vigentes limitan las solicitudes múltiples por parte de las mismas partes (peticionario empleador y beneficiario). Con ello se pretende reducir el "fraude y el abuso" que se ha producido en el pasado, garantizando que cada beneficiario tenga las mismas posibilidades de selección. Esperemos que esto se traduzca en una mayor oportunidad de obtener una selección de visa. Tenemos un artículo a continuación.

 

Además, hay una lucha en el proceso que podría cambiar la forma en que el gobierno federal puede ejecutar las leyes de inmigración. Una nueva y controversial ley en Texas busca eludir la autoridad federal al permitir que las fuerzas del orden estatal expulsen a los inmigrantes que creen que llegaron ilegalmente a Estados Unidos. La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos dictaminó que la ley puede entrar en vigor mientras se litiga. Pero, poco después de que se hiciera ese anuncio, un tribunal federal de apelaciones volvió a bloquear la aplicación de la ley. A continuación, tenemos la historia.

 

Próximos seminarios en la Asociación de Agentes Inmobiliarios de Miami: 

Inversión Extranjera con Fines de Inmigración

27 de marzo de 2024 a las 9:30 a. m., Hialeah. Para inscribirse: click here. 

10 de abril de 2024 – 10 a.m. en español en la oficina de Coral Gables. 

18 de abril de 2024 – 10 a.m. en la sede de Miami.

Para inscripciones llame al 305-468-7000

 

Si necesita ayuda con asuntos de inmigración, próximos beneficios de inmigración y / o visas relacionadas con negocios, nuestra firma puede ser de su ayuda.

Increased Fees for Most Visas Coming April 1

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is about to increase the fees it charges for most Visa applications. The immigrant fee hike goes into effect on April 1. So, it's a good idea to get your requests in before then.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions from the USCIS.


For more on the new rules, click here.

H1B Visa Announcement Imminent

These are the last couple of days to register for the 2025 H1B Visa Lottery. Then, the selection process begins and applicants will have 60 days to complete the full applications. New regulations this year hope to reduce the possibility of misuse or fraud by focusing on the workers named in the registrations rather than on the employers.


To read the full article, click here.


To see updated information about the process this year, click here.

Appeals Court Blocks Texas Immigration Law Shortly After SCOTUS Ruled it Could go Into Effect

A federal appeals court Tuesday night ordered that a contentious new Texas immigration law be paused just hours after the Supreme Court said it could go into effect.


A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 in saying in a brief order that the measure, known as Senate Bill 4, should be blocked. The same court is hearing arguments on the issue Wednesday morning.


To read the full story, click here.


Contact your legislators

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R - D1) 

202-225-4136

Rep. Neal Dunn (R - D2)

202-225-5235

Rep. Kat Cammack(R - D3)

202-225-5744

Rep. John Rutherford (R - D4)

202-225-2501

Rep. Al Lawson (D - D5)

202-225-0123

Rep. Michael Waltz (R - Dist. 6)

202-225-2706

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D - D7)

202-225-4035

Rep. Bill Posey (R - D8)

202-225-3671

Rep. Darren Soto (D - D9)

202-225-9889

Rep. Val Demings (D - D10)

202-225-2176

Rep. Daniel Webster (R -D11)

202-225-1002

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R - D12)

202-225-5755

Rep. Charlie Crist (D - D13)

202-225-5961

Rep. Kathy Castor (D - D14)

202-225-3376

Rep. Scott C. Franklin(R - D15)

202-225-1252

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R - D16)

202-225-5015

Rep. Gregory Steube (R - D17)

202-225-5792

Rep. Brian Mast (R - D18)

202-225-3026

Rep. Byron Donalds (R - D19)

202-225-2536

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D - D20)

202-225-1313

Rep. Lois Frankel (D - D21)

202-225-9890

Rep. Ted Deutch (D - D22)

202-225-3001

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D - D23) 

202-225-7931

Rep. Frederika Wilson (D - D24)

202-225-4506

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R - D25)

202-225-4211

Rep. Carlos Gimenez(R - D26)

202-225-2778

Rep. Maria Salazar (D -D27) 

202-225-3931

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Sen. Rick Scott (R) 

202-224-5274

 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R) 

202-224-3041

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Elizabeth C. Pines

epines@pineslaw.com

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