USCIS Extends Time to Respond to Requests for Evidence and Other Case Requests

On July 1, 2020, USCIS issued a new notice, adding to the notice issued May 1st, extending the period of time individuals can respond to certain requests. The notice states:USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency RequestsIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on …

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Trump’s Proclamation Suspends H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 Visas for Applicants Outside the U.S.

The most recent executive order which attempts to reduce immigration to the U.S. was issued late this afternoon, June 22, 2020.  With some exemptions, it suspends the “entry into the United States of any alien seeking entry pursuant to” an H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visa.  J-1 visas for interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors , au pairs, or summer …

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New J-1 Waiver Option for Primary Care Physicians Now Available at Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently expanded its J-1 waiver program. Now private employers can request a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement for qualified J-1 physicians from the DHHS clinical care waiver program. The DHHS accepts requests from employers in all 50 states. Unlike the Conrad 30 state waiver …

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USCIS resumes premium processing for eligible petitions

The USCIS announced that it will start premium processing again for some I-129 and I-140 petitions. The premium processing fee is $1440 and can be requested by filing the I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service form. The USCIS will start accepting the I-907 form requests on: June 1 - all eligible I-140 Immigrant Petition for …

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[Webinar Replay] Physician Q&A Webinar – May 20,2020

https://youtu.be/zPQ6IxqFRmU Enjoy this replay of our May 2020 monthly free webinar exclusively for physicians and medical employers.Topics include green card bills, H-1B furloughs, J-1 waivers, and more. Physicians, if you have an immigration question on your mind, join us for our next free webinar and get the facts about immigration rules that could affect you, …

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Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act – Senate bill could grant green cards faster for foreign health workers in US

On May 5, 2020, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (Senate Bill 3599) to temporarily relieve the country’s shortage of doctors and nurses, strengthen the healthcare workforce, and improve healthcare access during the COVID-19 crisis. If passed, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would temporarily give international physicians and nurses access to the …

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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

From the USCIS: On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services …

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Trump’s Proclamation to Temporarily Suspend Immigration into the United States – What You Should Know NOW

The much anticipated  Proclamation on immigration was just signed - Here's what we know NOW. The order suspends the issuance of immigrant visas (green cards) for 60 days effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020 ONLY for those immigrant applicants who: (i)    are outside the United States; (ii)   do not have an immigrant visa that …

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COVID-19 Impact on Immigration: Non-Citizen Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act

Under the basic requirements established in the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), non-citizens usually qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI) if they are authorized to work.   The federal funded unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act establish federal funding for three major UI programs (pandemic unemployment assistances, additional …

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COVID-19 Impact on Immigration: Non-Citizen Eligibility for Recovery Rebates under the CARES Act

The recovery rebates under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act are administered under tax law and has very specific requirements as to eligibility. Generally, noncitizens must (1) meet certain income limits, (2) have social security number, and (3) satisfy resident alien requirement under the “green card” test or “substantial presence” test. The …

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