Department of State Issues Further Guidance on National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation
On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 10052 which suspended entry into the U.S. of certain non-immigrant applicants including H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa applicants. The Proclamation provided a list of exceptions to the entry suspension for these visa categories, including a “national interest” exc...
Form I-9 Verification During EAD Production Delays
The production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, USCIS has confirmed that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action with a notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of Form I-7...
USCIS Announces Furloughs Will Be Averted Through September 30
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will avert a furlough of more than 13,000 employees through September 30, 2020. The agency claims that spending cuts as well as an increase in revenues will allow USCIS to maintain its operations through the end of this fiscal year.
However, USCIS has...
September 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was no advancement for all chargeability areas for EB-2, and EB-3.
EB-1-Worldwide: Priority dates are current, except:
China: Priority date of March 1, 2...
Upcoming USCIS Fee and Form Changes
Beginning on October 2, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement a as well as changes to several key employment-based immigration forms and changes to the timeframe for premium processing service.
The following chart shows the new fees that will come into effect on Octob...