Friday, June 15, 2007

//Opinion// Great news, indeed

The lifting of the retrogression is great news indeed. This means that pending applications for nurses immigrating to the U.S. will be moving again beginning July 1.

Filipino nurses who are already in the U.S. typically go through the Adjustment of Status (AOS) process. Even if you're already in the U.S., though, you'll need a willing employer to file the immigrant petition (I-485) in your behalf. You can't file the I-485 on your own. Typically, employers pay for your application fees, but if for some reason you'll be paying for these fees on your own, then better hurry up completing your papers because the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to raise fees beginning July 30.

The I-485 fee will increase from $325 to $355, the I-140 (adjustment of status) fee will shoot up to $905 from $325, while the I-130 (petition for alien relatives) will go up to $355 from $190.

Employers normally don't shoulder for the application fees for a candidate's family members.

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