Department of Homeland Security

DHS & Legislative Update

DHS Update In response to the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended certain immigration filing deadlines.  This pertains specifically to petitioners’ and applicants’ responses to USCIS’s requests for evidence(RFEs), notices of intent to deny or revoke, appeal notices, and a few other responsive proceedings.  If the issuance date listed on the

COVID-19Hot off the Press

President Trump’s Executive Order

On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order pertaining to suspension of entry of immigrants into the U.S. during the period of post-COVID-19 recovery. The executive order significantly limits ability of immigrants (i.e., individuals intending to permanently immigrate to the U.S.) to enter this country over the following 60 day period unless they

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonimmigrant Status Management at Times of COVID-19 Lay-Offs and Satisfactory Departure •  Individuals on employment-based work visas (H-1Bs, TNs, E-1s, E-2s, E-3s, O-1s, L-1s) who are suddenly laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 can still afford themselves a one-time 60 day grace period to change status to another employer-sponsored visa or apply for

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

How To Navigate Employment Verification Requirements During COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has relaxed the employment verification requirements with COVID-19 and social distancing requirements for employers who are operating solely remotely. Specifically, DHS will exercise discretion with the physical inspection requirement of the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents by allowing the employer to inspect the Section 2 documents remotely (via

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

H-1B Workers: Worksite Changes at Time of COVID-19 If you are employing H-1B professionals, you probably recall posting notices concerning their employment at the intended worksites with your company, and are likely aware that H-1B employment is not only employer-, but also location-specific. In these uncertain times of COVID-19 related business changes, do you have

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

Effective March 13, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry into the United States for immigrants and nonimmigrants who were physically present in certain European countries during the 14-day period prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States. Affected countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

As the H-1B annual lottery is upon us and the government is busy implementing the new electronic registration system for the capped H-1B filings, proceed with caution. The USCIS’s database is now “live” for both attorney and employers’ account creation for subsequent lottery registration. Be sure to coordinate account creation with your immigration legal counsel

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

I-9 Update: USCIS has recently announced a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  While Forms I-9 in employers’ files remain valid if they were completed during the validity period of the prior form edition, employers should be now using the new edition of the form with the 10/21/2019 version date.  Employers that require

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a Federal Register notice regarding the implementation of the electronic registration process for the upcoming H-1B petitions filing season under the congressionally mandated annual “cap.” The registration period will run from March 1, 2020 to March 20, 2020 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 H-1B visa cap.  All

Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays

We are wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! A few safety tips for your upcoming holiday travel: Check your passport and visa validity before a trip. Hint: if you are traveling abroad, make sure that you have proper documentation to enter the country of your destination and return to