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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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Breaking: White House Issues Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants

The White House issued the eagerly awaited proclamation today that laid out who cannot come to the US after a tweet created a national and international anxious frenzy.  In sum, the following types of immigrants cannot enter the US for 60 days: Parents of US citizens, Siblings of US citizens, Children over 21 and/married Employment-based[…]

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News Alert: Possible Suspension of Immigration

News Alert: Possible Suspension of Immigration Dear Client, At approximately 7pm on April 20th, 2020, Trump tweeted the following: “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the[…]

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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 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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EB5 visa processing changes implemented on 3.31.2020

EB5 visa applications processing methods have just undergone a significant change in how they are processed. For once, I applaud this administration’s USCIS efforts for a positive outcome.  Instead of first-in, first-out, USCIS will process cases based on visa availability.  This new policy went into effect on March 31, 2020.  As you may know, there[…]

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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[…]