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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.

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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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Extend Your Visa During COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes and uncertainty to most areas of life over the past several weeks. For individuals without secure immigration statuses, this is an exceptionally difficult and confusing time. 

USCIS field offices have closed their doors to in-person...

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Bumpy Start to H-1B Season

Online registration for H-1B petitions began with a bumpy start. The online registration portal opened on Sunday, March 1st at 12:00 PM Eastern. Thousands of immigration attorneys and employers logged on to the H-1B portal on Monday to find several glitches and potential filing issues. 

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Coronavirus Affects Immigration in Seattle

In an abundance of caution, USCIS is closing its Seattle field office for 14 days to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). One employee of USCIS Seattle has been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 after visiting a nearby nursing home where an outbreak of the illness has been...

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USCIS Clarifies Physical Presence Requirements

USCIS issued a policy alert on February 26, 2020 which updates and clarifies continuous presence requirements for green card holders filing for naturalization. The policy alert specifically refers to absences from the US that are longer than six months, but less than one year. 

Currently,...

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Changes to the H-1B process

USCIS has announced that the proposed new H-1B registration system will take effect on March 1, 2020. The new system will save employers time and money, as it will inform them if their petition has been accepted in the H-1B lottery before they file the full application.

The registration period...

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