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USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures

USCIS continues to offer flexibility in light of COVID-19 disruptions to their operations. Today USCIS announced that they will continue processing EAD extension applications using previously submitted biometrics, given that all their offices are closed to the public and they cannot schedule nor conduct new biometrics appointments. Credit where credit is due – we welcome[…]

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USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

USCIS expanded their flexibility for responding to USCIS requests today. Their previous guidance expanded the deadline to respond to RFEs and NOIDs received between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 by an additional 60 days. USCIS is now clarifying that this policy also applies to Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), Notices of Intent[…]

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H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

USCIS announced today that they have completed the selection process for the cap subject H-1B electronic registration, and will begin notifying petitioners and/or their attorneys of whether their registrations were selected. For those selected, the petitioning company will have from April 1, 2020 until June 30, 2020 to file a corresponding H-1B petition for that[…]

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USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least April 7

USCIS announced today that it is extending its closure to the public, with the exception of some limited emergency services, until at least April 7, 2020. Given current circumstances and the apparent trajectory of the COVID-19 situation in the United States, we would be shocked if this closure was not extended even further. Best to[…]

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Tahmina Talks Immigration & Covid-19 With Matt Rouse

Dear Readers, I had the privilege of being a guest of Matt Rouse, host of the podcast Digital Marketing Masters.  Matt, a Canadian and immigrant to the US asked me some very thoughtful and timely questions regarding the effects of the Coronavirus or Covid-19.  Hope you will listen to this episode and share widely, esp.[…]

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USCIS Announces Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

A bit of good news amongst all the madness, USCIS announced today that they will accept scanned versions of signatures on all forms, including those that previously required a “wet” signature. This should add some much-needed flexibility to both attorneys and clients and should better facilitate the timely filing of immigration-related petitions/applications.   Copied from[…]

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BREAKING: State Department Halts Routine Visa Services Worldwide

The effects of COVD-19 continue to be felt around the world, with the U.S. Department of State today announcing the suspension of routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. No word yet on when these services might resume, but it best to assume that this disruption will continue for[…]

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

USCIS announced today, effective immediately, the temporary suspension of premium processing services for all I-129 and I-140 petitions. There is no concrete date for when USCIS anticipates resuming premium processing. We will keep our readers informed as soon as more information is available. Stay safe and healthy everyone!   Copied from USCIS:   U.S. Citizenship[…]

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS announced yesterday the temporary suspension of premium processing for FY2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Fortunately, this seems to only be a temporary measure. USCIS plans to resume premium processing for those cap-subject H-1B petitions seeking a change of status from F-1 status to H-1B status no later than May 27, 2020, and for all remaining[…]