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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USCIS Reaches FY 2021 H-1B Cap Numerical Allocations Mar27

USCIS Reaches FY 2021 H-1B Cap Numerical Allocations

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received enough electronic registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap numerical allocations. USCIS has randomly selected from among the registrations that were properly submitted and intends to notify petitioners with selected registrations no later than Ma...

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USCIS: Flexibility for Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) Mar27

USCIS: Flexibility for Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs)

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will be adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Any respons...

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Suspension of Routine Visa Services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates Mar24

Suspension of Routine Visa Services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is at all U.S. embassies and consulates. All routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments have been cancelled as of March 20, 2020. During this period, embassies and consulates will continue to process a limited number of visa applications on a...

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