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Tahmina Watson Immigration law update

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 Wants Bank Information from U.S. Greencard Sponsors

As the saying goes, never let a good crisis go to waste. While the world is reeling from COVID-19 and the significant disruption it has caused everyone’s daily lives, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have quietly proposed a rule making changes to the Form I-864 – Affidavit of Support[…]

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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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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[…]

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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[…]