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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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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The New Public Charge Rule: What Every Visa Applicant Must Know

If you or your employee are seeking to remain or come to the United States either temporarily or permanently, the new public charge rule will apply to you if you sent an application on or after February 24, 2020. That means you will need to provide additional information and documents to USCIS as part of …

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Congress Introduces a Bipartisan Bill To Address USCIS Case Backlog Crisis

The USCIS' crisis level application delays and backlogs are unacceptable.  In fact, the overall average case processing time has risen 101% in the past five years! Congress has taken notice. On February 26, 2020, Representatives Tony Cardenas and Steve Stivers introduced the Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2020 in the House. Watch this American …

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New Public Charge Rule will take effect February 24, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds "public charge" final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except for in the State of Illinois where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. Under the Final Rule, USCIS will look at the factors required under …

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Visa Bulletin Trends for Employment Based Green Cards

Each month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) checks in with Charlies Oppenheim, who is the Department of State (DOS) official responsible for managing the visa bulletin.   Here are AILA DOS Liaison Committee notes of its most recent monthly "check-in" with Charlie. AILA Doc. No. 14071401 | Dated June 21, 2019 General Trends and Observations: …

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USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

From the USCIS: USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. As in previous years, we will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that we did not select and will issue an announcement …

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H-1B Cap Season Alert from USCIS

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap season, start dates for premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, and the launch of its new H-1B data hub, while reminding petitioners of its new H-1B cap selection process. These new efforts underscore the agency’s commitment …

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