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Provisions of New DHS Rule will Limit H-1Bs Significantly

On October 8, 2020, the Trump Administration published changes to H-1B eligibility, to take effect on December 7th unless enjoined by a court(s). In our opinion, a large percentage of H-1B petitions previously approved will no longer be extended, nor new petitions approved, under the more stringent requirements on the educational qualifications of H-1B employees (discussed […]

Informative!! The Stories ICE Didn’t Want You to See

Posted by Katy Murdza of the American Immigration Council | Aug 17, 2020 Immigration Nation, a six-episode docuseries that provides a rare view of the internal workings of immigration enforcement—and its impact on individuals and families—began streaming on Netflix in August. The series provides a unique, up-close look at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) operations in communities […]

USCIS Explains New Delay in Issuing Physical Green Cards

On July 21, 2020, the USCIS Ombudsman issued a letter explaining why permanent residents will experience delay in receiving their physical Permanent Resident Cards (green cards). A green card is evidence of permanent residence, not the actual status. The letter is reproduced in full below. Dear Stakeholder: In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

UPDATE – Trump Proclamations Halting or Delaying Immigration

July 22, 2020 On July 22, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) further explained the “national interest” exceptions to the current policy of nonissuance of H-1B, L-1, J and Immigrant Visas: For H-1Bs, exceptions are available in these situations: For travel as a public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the […]

USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4th

USCIS announced that, as of June 4th, 2020, it will reopen and resume nonemergency public services. On March 18, USCIS had temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centersto help slow the spread of COVID-19. The USCIS website lists full information about the resumption of interviews, naturalization oath ceremonies and biometrics […]

Should Foreign Employees Accept CARES Act Payments?

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the CARES Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 ( or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family […]

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS announced it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap). The agency randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted and intends to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject […]

Presidential Proclamations Suspending Travel Due To COVID-19

Practice Alert: Presidential Proclamations Suspending Entry Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association on March 12, 2020, as AILA Doc. No. 20031235. President Trump has issued three proclamations in recent weeks suspending the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of individuals who were physically present within […]

COVID-19 Precautions for Employers

Some of our employer-clients are preparing contingency plans, in case they must send their H-1B employees home to telecommute. As absurd as it would seem, there is no provision to suspend H-1B regulations in an emergency – hopefully, the government will do so to avoid making life miserable for many H-1B employees and their employers […]

USCIS Finalizes Changes to “Public Charge” Rule – USCIS FACT SHEET

Here is the USCIS web page on the “public charge” issue. ALERT: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. The final rule will apply only to […]

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