June 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued May22

June 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, all chargeability areas for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 have made steady advancement. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of August 15...

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USCIS Data Show High RFE Rates in FY 2020 Q2 May15

USCIS Data Show High RFE Rates in FY 2020 Q2

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released data for the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal year (FY) 2020 regarding employer-sponsored nonimmigrant visa categories. The data shows that the overall request for evidence (RFE) and denial trends are consistent with the Trump Administration's directive to tighten e...

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Extension of USCIS Flexibility Regarding Agency Requests May08

Extension of USCIS Flexibility Regarding Agency Requests

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain of the following: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to De...

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Temporary Policy for Form I-9 List B Documents May08

Temporary Policy for Form I-9 List B Documents

In light of the stay at home orders in place around the nation and limitations for online renewal services due to COVID-19, employees may experience challenges in renewing identification documents from List B on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (e.g. state driver's license, ID card, etc.). In light of this, the Depar...

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Extension of Suspension of In-Person Services at USCIS Field Offices May01

Extension of Suspension of In-Person Services at USCIS Field Offices

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending its suspension of in-person services at its local field offices until at least June 3, 2020. This will be the third extension of the suspension since it went into effect on March 18 as a response to COVID-19. USCIS will continue to not conduct in-person bi...

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May 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued May01

May 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, EB-1 is now current for all chargability areas except for China and Inida. There have been no advancement for EB-3 for most chargability areas. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except: China...

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President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants for 60 Days Apr23

President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants for 60 Days

On the evening of April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation temporarily suspending issuance of immigrant visas for permanent residence in the U.S. for 60 Days. What We Know Now The Proclamation, described by the White House as a “temporary pause,” only suspends issuance of new immi...

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Executive Order Suspending Immigration: What We Know Now Apr22

Executive Order Suspending Immigration: What We Know Now

Note: On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed an official proclamation suspending some permanent immigration for 60 days. More details about the proclamation can be found .    As many news outlets have reported, President Trump published a tweet on Monday saying, “I will be signing an Executive Orde...

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USCIS: Delays in Processing FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions Due to Coronavirus Apr17

USCIS: Delays in Processing FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions Due to Coronavirus

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that employers should expect a delay in the data entry and receipt notice issuance for fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Once USCIS commences data entry, the cases will undergo intake processing in the order they...

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USCIS: FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1 Apr03

USCIS: FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. USCIS states that nearly 275,000 unique registrations were submitted during the initial registration period, which is a 37% increase f...

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