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Apr 24, 2020

UPDATE: USCIS Extends Suspension of Most In-Person Services through June 3, 2020

Appointments, Interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and other face-to-face interactions with the public are cancelled through June 3. USCIS will automatically reschedule and send out new notices to those affected. USCIS Service Centers remain operational. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 23, 2020

UPDATE - Executive Order to Prohibit Issuance of Certain Immigrant Visas for 60 Days

Effective 11:59 PM April 23, 2020 and for the next 60 days thereafter, some individuals outside the United States seeking an immigrant visa will be prohibited from processing that request. Suspension may be extended beyond 60 days, and measures to limit nonimmigrant visa processing may arrive next month. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 22, 2020

UPDATE: Trump Executive Order to Limit Issuance of Certain Green Cards

Less than 24 hours after his initial announcement that he would be signing an Executive Order to halt all immigration to the United States, President Trump announced on Tuesday afternoon that his forthcoming Executive Order would not, in fact, suspend all legal immigration to the United States. Instead, the Order, which is still being drafted and/or reviewed by government attorneys, will suspend the issuance of certain green cards for 60 days. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 21, 2020

Trump Announces Suspension of U.S. Immigration

In a late night tweet on April 20, President Trump announced that he would be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States. The President’s rule via tweet fiat contained no details as to whom this Executive Order would affect, and the White House has yet to provide further clarification as to the Order’s content, timing, or legal justification. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 17, 2020

Monthly Update / Live Q&A: E3 Visa and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Amy from Aussie Recruit and Jonathan from Green and Spiegel are hosting a 30 minute update on impacts to Visas caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more about this event and register here.

Apr 8, 2020

USCIS Answers Common Questions about Form I-9S and E-Verify During the Pandemic

USCIS has created a document called “Questions and Answers Related to Temporary Policies for Form I-9 and E-Verify” with policy responses to the coronavirus pandemic. To assist employers during the pandemic, we have restated the most common occurrences here.

Apr 6, 2020

Proposed Lehigh County, PA Regulation Changes May Restrict GOVT Contract Bidding

Lehigh County, PA commissioners have introduced a regulation change which, if enacted, would limit which construction companies can bid for government contracts. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 6, 2020

Department of State Issues Automatic Two-Month Extension to Most J-1 Visa Programs

In light of international travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 situation, the United States Department of State (DOS) has granted an automatic two (2) month extension to J-1 Exchange Visitors under the Au Pair, Intern, Trainee, Scholar, and Specialist categories. Any J-1 program that had an expiration date between April 1 and May 31, 2020 will be granted a two-month extension in order to provide exchange visitors the opportunity to complete their programs and to continue to finalize travel plans to return home. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 3, 2020

OFLC Announces Electronic Issuance of PERM Labor Certification Documents and Releases FAQs on Impacts of COVID-19

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) remains fully operational amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to process and issue prevailing wage determinations and labor certifications that meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 2, 2020

UPDATE: USCIS Prolongs Suspension of Most In-Person Services through May 3, 2020

USCIS appointments, interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and other face-to-face interactions with the public cancelled through May 3. USCIS will automatically reschedule and send out new notices to those affected. USCIS Service Centers remain operational. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 1, 2020

Green & Spiegel Attorneys Earn Approval of H-1B in Federal Court Hospitality Management is a “Specialty Occupation”

A Rhode Island restaurant group challenged a USCIS denial and won H-1B “specialty occupation” status for its General Operations Manager, an Indian national, in federal court. Learn more in this press release.

Mar 31, 2020

USCIS UPDATES – Response Times and I-765 Biometrics Data Extended due to COVID-19

USCIS recently announced response extensions have been applied to NOIR, NOIT, and I-290B Filings. Previously gathered biometrics are being utilized for new EAD Applications. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 30, 2020

SEVP Provides Answers to Questions Related to F and M Students and Their Schools About COVID-19

A SEVP Guidance Document was updated and provided on March 20, 2020 addressing frequently asked questions related to F and M students and SEVP-Certified Schools in Response to the COVID-19 situation. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 27, 2020

ALERT: USCIS Announces 60-Day Extension of Deadlines for RFE and NOIDs

If an RFE was issued between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, you may submit up-to-60-days beyond the stated deadline. It does not appear that new RFE/NOID Notices will be issued. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 27, 2020

ALERT: First Phase of Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Selection Complete

The selection process for Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap is completed. USCIS will alert selected Registrations no later than March 31, 2020. A 90-day filing period will commence April 1, 2020. Unselected Registrations will remain on file until the FY 2021 H-1B Cap has been reached. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 26, 2020

BREAKING: USCIS Extends Suspension of Most In-Person Services through April 7, 2020

Appointments, interviews, naturalization ceremonies, and other face-to-face interactions with the public cancelled through April 7. USCIS will automatically reschedule and send out new notices to those affected. USCIS Service Centers remain operational. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 20, 2020

BREAKING: USCIS Will Accept Photocopies of Signatures but is Suspending Premium Processing

Though its Field Offices have cancelled most face-to-face interactions with the public, USCIS Service Centers remain open and operational. Forms may be submitted with photocopies of original signatures for submissions dated March 21 and beyond. Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will stop accepting new requests for Premium Processing due to COVID-19. USCIS will continue to adjudicate pending Petitions with Premium Processing, and will continue to accept and adjudicate new filings using Regular Processing.

Mar 20, 2020

BREAKING: Worldwide Suspension of Routine Visa Services

The United States Department of State has announced that all routine visa services will be suspended on a temporary and indefinite basis, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, multiple countries have announced a hold on non-emergency services and appointments. This is the first announcement putting a hold on all routine services around the world. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 20, 2020

FORM I-9 COMPLIANCE CHANGE: Physical Inspection of Documents Is Not Required During the Pandemic

U.S. employers are required to examine documents in fulfilling their responsibilities to only employ authorized workers. This is in connection with the Form I-9, employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). This has presented a problem for many employers who cannot meet with their employees due to the risks of, or illegality of, face-to-face contact during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is permitting a waiver of the physical inspection requirement as of today. Learn more in this blog.

Mar 18, 2020

Premium Processing Suspended for FY2021 H-1B Cap

H-1B Premium Processing will not be available when filing period opens April 1, 2020. It should be available for Petitions requesting a change of status from F-1 to H-1B no later than May 27, 2020, and for all others no sooner than June 29, 2020. For now, suspension only applies to FY2021 H-1B Cap Petitions. Unclear how COVID-19 will affect Premium Processing availability more generally. Learn more in this blog.