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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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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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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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April 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The April 2020 Visa Bulletin was released late last week. No particularly major changes to report this month.   Commentary:   April 2020   For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date remains current, F2B preference advances 47 days to a PD of 1 November 2014, F4 category remains at[…]

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March 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The March 2020 Visa Bulletin was released earlier this morning. No drastic changes, but we did finally see some forward movement for EB1 India after months and months of stagnation. While the category still remains severely backlogged, it is positive to see it finally go forward.   Commentary:   March 2020   For all countries[…]

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Public Charge Inadmissibility Final Rule: Revised Forms and Updated Policy Manual Guidance

The dominoes begin to fall with regards to the implementation of the new Public Charge rule, with USCIS announcing today their updated policy manual guidance and publishing of revised case forms which will incorporate questions related to the Public Charge rule. As a reminder, USCIS will implement the rule starting on February 24, 2020, at[…]

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USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

USCIS announced today that the much-maligned Public Charge rule will be fully implemented by USCIS on February 24, 2020, following the Supreme Court’s lifting of the nationwide injunctions imposed by various District Courts across the U.S. The small silver lining is that, despite the Rule going into effect on October 15, 2019 before being enjoined[…]

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#PublicCharge #90DayFiance #TravelBan & More: Tahmina Talks Immigration with CQP Moments Podcast

Listeners and Readers, If you are still scratching your head regarding #PublicCharge and what it means, listen to this podcast! It is just by chance that this interview we recorded last week was released on Monday 27th January 2020, as the Supreme Court allowed public charge to go ahead. @CouponQueenPin is the host of the[…]