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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

USCIS announced today that they are tentatively planning to re-open their offices and resume in-person services on June 4, 2020. For most cases, USCIS will automatically reschedule any interviews, ceremonies, appointments, etc. that were affected by the office closures. It remains to be seen whether this re-opening date will get pushed back.   Copied from[…]

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USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship

Today, USCIS announced an update to its Policy Manual regarding false claims to U.S. citizenship. The agency is adopting a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) precedent decision in Matter of Zhang from June 2019. Essentially, intent is not a factor when the government is alleging that an alien made a false claim to U.S. citizenship[…]

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May 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The May 2020 Visa Bulletin was released today. Nothing particularly major to report for this month, other than the very late release date of the bulletin. It is worth monitoring to see whether COVID-19 or Trump’s recent Executive Order will have any effect on priority dates in the coming months.   Commentary:   May 2020[…]

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BREAKING: Trump Issues Executive Order Suspending Entry of Immigrants

After the cryptic tweet Monday evening that caused widespread anxiety and fear amongst immigrants and immigration attorneys alike, President Trump finally issued his advertised Executive Order, which promised to temporarily suspend immigration. Fortunately, the practical effect of the EO appears to carry much less teeth than initially feared. Trump is suspending the entry of certain[…]

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DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply

All it took was a global pandemic for USCIS to start behaving somewhat reasonably. The agency recently announced some temporary flexibility and relaxation of requirements as pertains to H-2A agricultural workers in order to promote stability and prevent disruption in the agriculture sector, and ensure the continuity of the nation’s food supply chain. First, it[…]

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COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings

USCIS announced today that the agency recognizes that COVID-19 is presenting unique immigration-related challenges, particularly in the sense that a global pandemic may make it difficult for nonimmigrants to depart the United States at the end of their period of authorized stay. USCIS says it is carefully examining all of these issues and is considering[…]

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USCIS Offices Remain Closed Through May 3

USCIS clarified its office closures announcement with a helpful chart on action needed to be taken (if any) by those affected by the closures. For the most part, no action is required and USCIS will automatically reschedule appointments and notify individuals. Please see below.   Copied from USCIS:    On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and[…]

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FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

USCIS announced today that petitioners whose electronic registrations were selected may now file cap-subject H-1B petitions with the agency. Employers and/or their representatives have now all been notified of selections, with most rolling in over the weekend. A change from last year is that those not selected will be held in reserve in “submitted” status[…]

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USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3

USCIS announced today that their office closures will be extended until at least May 3, 2020 due to COVID-19. At the moment they plan to re-open to the public on May 4, 2020, unless public closures are extended further. USCIS will notify applicants whose appointments are affected by the closure and re-schedule once operations resume.[…]

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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[…]