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USCIS Announces Oct. 2nd Fee Increase

USCIS has announced that they will increase filing fees for many applications as of October 2, 2020.

Following announcements that USCIS is struggling to meet operational costs due to cuts in funding and fewer applications being received (where the majority of funding generally comes from), the...

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ICE Rescinds Rule Banning International Students from Remote Education

The Trump administration has rescinded an unpopular policy announcement made last week after a lawsuit was filed by Harvard and MIT.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that foreign students on temporary F-1 and M-1 visas would not be able to remain in the US if...

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Traveling During the COVID Pandemic: What You Need to Know

How do the current travel restrictions and immigration suspensions related to COVID-19 affect my travel and immigration options? 

In general, given present public health concerns, all non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.

All non-essential international travel is strongly...

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Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Work and Other Visas Through December 2020

The Trump administration announced a new executive order temporarily banning new entries through the following visas: H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and various J-1 categories.

The executive order impacts H-1B Professionals, H-2B Workers, L-1 Intracompany Transferees, and J-1 Exchange Visitors (those in the...

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DACA Will Not Be Canceled (For Now)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cannot be ended at this time. 

Recipients and supporters of the DACA program received exciting news today. The US Supreme Court ruled DACA cannot be ended by the Trump administration in the immediate future. While the longer-term...

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USCIS Field Offices are Starting to Reopen

Both USCIS and the U.S. State Department have dramatically slowed down the services they provide the past two months. Local field offices were only accessible for emergency services. Today, however, there are some positive baby steps in the right direction to report.

USCIS Field Office...

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Options When Your Period of Stay is Running Out

If you have entered the U.S. as a visitor under the ESTA visa waiver program, you are typically given 90 days to remain in the U.S. You need to leave the U.S. before this period of authorized stay runs out, or you will accrue "unlawful presence." Once you have unlawful presence you will no...

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AILA Demands Protection for Nonimmigrants

On March 23, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) sent a letter to USCIS demanding it take the following actions on or before March 27:

  • Extend statutory or regulatory deadlines for immigration benefits;
  • Suspend all deadlines during the time of the COVID-19 national emergency;...
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How does COVID-19 impact H-1B workers?

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, so too does uncertainty among businesses and their H-1B employees. Below we share some guidance on how working remotely, reduced hours, and termination could impact H-1B workers and their employers.

Working remotely

Many employers are encouraging employees...

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How does COVID-19 Impact Businesses & Foreign Workers?

The global COVID-19 crisis presents obstacles to foreign workers and their employers. This is especially true for visitors whose nonimmigrant visas are set to expire soon.

On the one hand, there are significant consequences for overstaying a visa –– including bars from re-entering...

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White House Restricts Travel to US

Health experts strongly discourage folk from traveling internationally at this time. Many countries, including the US, are implementing strict screening procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

President Donald J. Trump has signed proclamations restricting travel from foreign nationals...

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USCIS Suspends In-Person Services

USCIS announced on March 18 that it will suspend in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) at least through April 1, 2020. Most appointments, including naturalization ceremonies and interviews, will be automatically rescheduled and applicants...

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