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USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities

January 24, 2023 12:00 am Published by

USCIS is extending its COVID-19-related “flexibilities” through March 23, 2023. Under these flexibilities, USCIS considers a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the following requests or notices before taking any action, if the request or notice was issued between March 1, 2020, and March 23, 2023, inclusive: •... View Article

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with a Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829

January 23, 2023 12:00 am Published by

USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date. This change started on January 11, 2023, for Form I-829... View Article

USCIS Announces Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

January 20, 2023 12:00 am Published by

Also Future Expansion for F-1 Students Seeking OPT and Certain Student and Exchange Visitors U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing the final phase of the premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Unlike previous phases of the expansion, this phase applies to new (initial)... View Article

DOS Extends Interview Waivers for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

December 29, 2022 12:00 am Published by

Good news for H-1B and other visa applicants and others stuck in consular backlogs. The U.S. State Department has extended the authority of consular officers to waive in-person interviews for certain nonimmigrant visa categories through December 31, 2023, on a case-by-case basis for certain first-time and/or renewing applicants. For more information, contact our firm.

USCIS Policy Alert: Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

December 20, 2022 12:00 am Published by

The new rule goes into effect on December 23, 2022. On Dec. 23, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility final rule will go into effect. This final rule, which was previously announced, provides clarity and consistency for noncitizens on how DHS will administer the public charge ground of inadmissibility.... View Article

Options for Nonimmigrant Workers Following Termination of Employment

December 19, 2022 12:00 am Published by

What can you do if your company terminates your employment? USCIS has recently provided information for nonimmigrant workers whose employment has terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Such workers may have several options for remaining in the United States in a period of authorized stay based on existing rules and regulations. Below is a compilation of... View Article

New Version of Form I-485 Becomes Mandatory on December 23, 2022

December 15, 2022 12:00 am Published by

Be sure to file correctly, or your application will be rejected. On December 13, 2022, USCIS published a draft of the new version of Form I-485 to its website. The new edition has been published for preview only. USCIS notes that the new version of Form I-485 will not be accepted until December 23, 2022.... View Article

Tech Worker Layoffs – Considerations for Employees and Employers

December 8, 2022 12:00 am Published by

The current wave of worker terminations gives rise to significant legal issues for everyone involved. The uncertainty created by the current wave of layoffs in the U.S. technology sector exposes the chaos at the heart of U.S. immigration policy for the tech industry, and these layoffs have the potential to turn tech-specialized immigrants off from... View Article

COVID 19 Client Practice Advisory

December 5, 2022 12:00 am Published by

Green Card applicants must provide proof of vaccination. Individuals submitting Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, on or after October 1, 2021, must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact our office for assistance.