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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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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Legal Update Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on Immigration

Wondering the impact of #COVID19 on immigrants and our immigration process? Join us for a free webinar, "Legal Update: COVID-19 Impact on Immigration," for the information you need to know about legal immigration consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and government response. Here is What You'll Learn Immigrant eligibility for unemployment, healthcare, and other benefits. …

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Selected H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. An employer  is only eligible to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition if they electronically registered …

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Employers need to know these rules for H-1B employees temporarily working from home during COVID-19 pandemic

If your H-1B employees have been temporarily relocated to work from home full-time during the COVID-19 pandemic, your company needs to ensure compliance with the H-1B labor condition application (LCA) rules.     The LCA is an integral part of the H-1B visa requirements.  It is location specific and determines the approved work location for an H-1B …

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