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USCIS Phases in Premium Processing

June 2, 2020 | Blog | By William Coffman

On June 1, 2020, USCIS resumed premium processing in phases by case-type. Premium processing had been temporarily suspended since March 20, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Form I-9 Requirements Flexibility Extended for 30 Days

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Lindsey Steinberg

On Friday May 15, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they would extend flexibility related to in-person Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year.
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Impact of COVID-19 on F-1 students seeking OPT

May 7, 2020 | Blog | By Eun Hae Kim

The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions and damage across the world, and its grave impact has been felt acutely by international students in the United States.
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Given the challenges presented by COVID-19, many businesses must consider large-scale, transformational changes to their operations. As social distancing continues and safety concerns pervade the public consciousness, adjustments to the physical workspace and business travel practices will be necessary to reflect these new considerations. In Part 4 of our COVID-19 Roadmap Series, we outline important planning steps and concerns employers need to consider relating to physical workspaces and business travel.
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Beginning May 1,2020, employers must use the latest edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Use of prior editions of the Form I-9 is not permitted.
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New Updates to Trusted Traveler Programs

April 28, 2020 | Blog | By Colleen DiNicola

On April 22, 2020, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it is extending its suspension of operations at all Trusted Traveler enrollment centers until at least June 1, 2020 to protect CBP officers and the general public from exposure to COVID-19.
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USCIS Offices Planning to Reopen on or After June 4

April 27, 2020 | Blog | By Angel Feng

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending its current office closures, and is now preparing to reopen its offices on or after June 4, 2020.
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U.S. citizens have several ways to obtain or renew a US passport, and under certain conditions, the process can be completed in as little as 24 hours. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. State Department has significantly reduced operations at Regional Passport Agencies and Acceptance Facilities.
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous travel bans and “shelter in place” orders which have been recently announced, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will extend certain filing deadlines by 60 days.
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On March 27, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updates on the H-1B cap registration process. Employers and attorneys will need to log into the USCIS Registration portal in order to learn the status of each registration. 
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Update: Extension of the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

March 26, 2020 | Blog | By Colleen DiNicola

Due to the national emergency declaration resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, several states have closed and/or restricted services at DMV offices, precluding millions of people from applying for a REAL ID.  Accordingly, on March 26, 2020, Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, announced that the deadline for enforcement of the REAL ID Act would be extended by one year to October 1, 2021.
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COVID-19 Immigration-Related Updates

March 20, 2020 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

We provide the following information to assist our clients to keep track of some of the most salient Coronavirus-related immigration changes and developments:
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Read about New York State’s federal lawsuit against DHS and CBP for the Trump Administration's recent ban on Global Entry enrollments and renewals for New York residents.
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New Developments in U.S. Immigration Court

February 14, 2020 | Blog | By Molly P O'Shea

The Trump administration has introduced a number of new rules, regulations, and policies intended to maximize efficiency within the EOIR. Employers, legal counsel, and any individual in immigration court proceedings should be aware of these updates, due to their potentially adverse impact on the independence of immigration judges and respondents’ due process rights as they navigate the legal system.
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On January 24, 2020 the US Department of State published a rule that amends part of the regulations governing the issuance of “B” visitor visas. This regulatory amendment now establishes a rebuttable presumption that an applicant for a “B” visitor visa, who a consular officer believes will give birth during her visit to the US, is applying for the visa and traveling to the US for the primary purpose of securing US citizenship for the child.
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Department of State Announces Visa Reciprocity Changes

January 21, 2020 | Blog | By Lindsey Steinberg

The United States Department of State (DOS) recently made a number of significant changes to visa “reciprocity” tables.  Reciprocity involves either additional fees, or shorter validity periods (or both) for visa applicants from certain countries and for certain visa classifications.
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New Policy Guidance on Good Moral Character Determinations

January 10, 2020 | Blog | By Lindsey Steinberg

If a permanent resident plans to become a U.S. citizen, he or she should be aware that certain behaviors could have an adverse affect. The Immigration and Nationality Act lists establishing Good Moral Character as a requirement for naturalization. There are some crimes which, if a person has been convicted of at any time during his or her life, disqualifies him or her from becoming a U.S. Citizen.
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Increased Challenges for the H-1B

November 25, 2019 | Blog | By Barbara Chin

Anyone who works in legal or HR and handles work authorizations for their employees will agree that hiring foreign nationals or international transfers has become much more difficult under the current administration and its interpretation of President Trump’s Hire America/Buy America (BAHA) Policy, which he issued by Executive Order in April 2017. The latest statistics issued by USCIS confirm the difficulty of processing H-1B Petitions over the past three years.
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