New Year Brings USCIS Fees, Forms and Visa Bulletin



On October 2, 2020 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) new fee schedule will go into effect. 

Most immigration benefit requests will see a significant increase in fees (weighted average increase is 20%).  

 Notably, USCIS implemented separate fees for each I-129 nonimmigrant visa category, moving away from a uniform fee for the I-129 form. 

While the fee for the H-2A and H-2B unnamed beneficiary categories will decrease, all other I-129 nonimmigrant work visa categories, including the H-1B and L-1, will see significant increases (the I-129F, the fiancé visa and only non-work visa using the Form I-129, will decrease). 

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FDA Announces Public Meetings for Traceability Rule

The FDA will hold three virtual public meetings next month to discuss the proposed rule “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods.”  

These public meetings are intended to facilitate and support the public's evaluation and commenting process on the proposed rule. 
Registration is required to attend one of the virtual meetings.  Space is limited so please register early.  You can register for a meeting on the Meeting Page.


FDA Opens Comment Period for Proposed Traceability Rule

The FDA released a proposed rule (Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods) and have opened a 120 comment period in the Federal Register.  

The deadline to submit comments is January 21, 2021. 

FDA and Mexico Strengthen Food Safety Partnership

During a virtual ceremony, the FDA and its regulatory counterparts in Mexico – the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks and the National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety and Quality – enhanced a partnership to work together on food safety in both countries. 

This Statement of Intent broadens and strengthens the scope of their existing partnership to include the safety of all human food regulated by the FDA.  Read more...

FDA Releases Proposed Rule for Traceability Records

The FDA announced a proposed rule to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements and also published a draft Food Traceability List, which describes the foods subject to the proposed requirements.

The list includes watermelons, leafy greens, cucumbers, fresh herbs, and more. Read more...