Friday, November 8, 2019

MU IS MOVING OUR OFFICE – WE WILL BE CLOSED NOV 14, 15

Musillo Unkenholt will be moving its offices on Thursday November 14 and Friday November 15.  Accordingly, the law office will be closed over those two days.

Our new office will be at 302 W. Third Street.  The official address is:

Musillo Unkenholt LLC
302 West Third Street, Suite 710
Cincinnati, OH 45202

All government agencies have been notified about the move, including USCIS and DOL.  We do not expect any interruption in mail or service.

We are very excited for the move.  We have outgrown our current space.  Our new space is 50% larger than our current space.

If you are in the Cincinnati area on December 13, please let us know.  We will be having an open house in the afternoon.

Monday, November 4, 2019

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S HEALTH INSURANCE RULE


Over the weekend, a federal judge blocked Pres. Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrant visa applicants.  Under the rule, all intending immigrants would have had to prove that they were going to enroll in a qualifying health insurance plan within 30 days of entering the US. 

There is no timetable for how long the temporary restraining order will remain in effect.

Friday, November 1, 2019

USCIS ANNOUNCES FEE INCREASE EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 2, 2019

On October 30, 2019 the USCIS announced a proposed rule to increase the premium processing fee.  The premium processing fee will be raised from $1,410 to $1,440.  The fee increase will go into effect on December 2, 2019.
 
Premium processing is an optional service currently authorized for certain types of cases, notably filing an H-1B or an I-140. The system allows petitioners to request 15 day processing of these cases if they pay an extra fee. The premium processing fee is paid in addition to the base filing fee and any other applicable fees.

The USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits.  The USCIS indicates this increase of the premium processing fee reflects the full amount of inflation from the implementation of the premium processing fee in June 2001 through August 2019 based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U).