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Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS announced today that they are once again extending their flexibility in responding to agency requests, expanding on their previous announcement from back at the end of March. The flexibility now applies to any RFEs, NOIDs, NOIRs, etc. received between March 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, and extends the response deadline an additional 60 days[…]

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

After months of uncertainty, USCIS confirmed today that, for the time being, it has managed to avoid furloughing nearly 70% of its workforce, at least through the remainder of this fiscal year (so through September 30th). While this is welcome news in the short term, the announcement also comes with warnings that the agency had[…]

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September 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2020 Visa Bulletin was released yesterday. Nothing major to report this month as they was very little (if any) movement in most categories. However, this is not entirely unexpected as September is the last month of the fiscal year and most visa numbers are used up by then. We should expect to see[…]

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August 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The August 2020 Visa Bulletin was recently released. EB1 India has continued to see significant movement each month for the past 3 months, providing much needed relief in a severely backlogged category. Other employment-based categories saw significant movement as well.   Commentary:   August 2020   For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:[…]

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BREAKING: Trump Administration Drops Pandemic Student Visa Policy

In a surprising move, today the Trump Administration pulled back on its previously issued student visa policy, which would have prevented foreign students from remaining in the U.S. to complete their studies if their schools switched to an entirely online/remote format in the autumn. The move was met with widespread criticism and outrage, and rightly[…]

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BREAKING: Trump To Suspend Work Visas Through 2020

After days of rumors and anxiety, Trump dropped another immigration-related Executive Order today suspending the entry of nonimmigrants to the United States. An extension and expansion of his previous Executive Order from back in April barring certain categories of greencard holders, this EO suspends the entry of most H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visa holders[…]

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USCIS Rescinds Two Policy Memos Regarding H-1B Petitions and Issues New Guidance

In the wake of the ITServe victory, part of USCIS’ settlement with the plaintiffs in that case was that the agency agreed to rescind its “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites” memo (commonly known as the third party placement memo) from 2018. That memo provided USCIS the justification to give a[…]

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July 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The July 2020 Visa Bulletin was released yesterday. This month again saw the final action date for EB1 India move forward significantly, advancing another 334 days after advancing 312 days the previous month. Hopefully the coming months continue the progress of this severely backlogged category. Otherwise, no major anomalies to report.   Commentary:   July[…]

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June 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The June 2020 Visa Bulletin was released earlier today, marking another month with a late release date. Nevertheless, this month saw significant movement in the EB1 India category for the first time in what feels like forever. EB1 All Countries being current has allowed unused visa numbers in that category to be allocated to EB1[…]

Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS announced today that they are extending their flexibility in responding to agency requests, expanding on their previous announcement from back at the end of March. The flexibility now applies to any RFEs, NOIDs, NOIRs, etc. received between March 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020, and extends the response deadline an additional 60 days beyond[…]