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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[Webinar Replay] COVID-19 Impact on Immigration

  https://youtu.be/QDxT7K7S7Cc Here are the replay and slides for our latest webinar, "Legal Update: COVID-19 Impact on Immigration," with the information you need to know about legal immigration consequences for non-citizens and employers of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and government response. Watch the replay to learn more about immigrant eligibility for unemployment, healthcare, and other …

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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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USCIS offices closed to the public and all scheduled appointments are cancelled through May 4.

The USCIS extends its closure and cancelling of scheduled appointment until May 4. It plans to begin reopening its offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To …

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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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All U.S. Visa Appointments Cancelled due to COVID-19

The Department of  State announced that in response to COVID-19, it is suspending routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program. See https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq?focusedTopic=Schengen%20Travel%20Proclamation for more information. Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments …

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will not accept any new requests for premium processing. USCIS will process any petition with a previously …

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