COVID-19Immigration Service Reminders

What Do I Do If…?

With the challenging times for nearly everybody, uncertainty for immigrants is easily at its highest.  This brief guidance is not intended as exhaustive legal advice; rather, it is a starting point for a few “what if” situations you or your sponsored workers may encounter.  Please remember that specific factual situations require case-by-case analysis to ensure


H-1B Registration To Open Soon for FY2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions The beginning of the new cap-H-1B petition filing season with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is upon us. USCIS will once again be using the H-1B registration process implemented last year to select the H-1B petitions. Instead of the prior process requiring preparation

Immigration Enforcement News

Department of Labor (DOL) News

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule which adopts, with a few changes, the interim final rule of October 8, 2020, amending the regulations pertaining to permanent labor certifications (PERMs) and Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) to incorporate changes to the computation of prevailing wage levels. The rule is slated to go

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started the new year with an announcement of the final rule intended to modify the annual H-1B petitions selection process under the government-imposed cap, amend current H-1B visa lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and “better ensure the most highly skilled

Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays

Munsch Hardt’s Immigration Team is wishing you the best this Holiday Season and beyond, and we are hopeful for a Happy New Year for all! With the ongoing pandemic, we are updating our usual holiday travel advisory to include a few safety tips should you plan to travel internationally before the year’s end or in

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Update – October 2020

H1-B Visa Program: Interim Final Rule DHS has announced its interim final rule (IFR) that amounts to an overhaul of the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program with a goal to protect the U.S. labor market. According to DHS, “more than half a million H-1B nonimmigrants in the United States have been used to displace U.S. workers,”

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Update

USCIS Reopened Selection of Registrations for H-1B: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reopened selection of registrations for the FY2021 H-1B Cap. The initial selection occurred in March of this year and all selected H-1B petitions were supposed to be filed in June 2020. However, there were indications that, most likely, due to

COVID-19Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deadlines Due to the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had previously extended deadlines for responses to the government’s notices such as requests for evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny, Revoke, Rescind, and Terminate proceedings, and filing dates for requests for a hearing, appeal, and related motions.

Emergency Immigration Alert

New Presidential Proclamation on Immigration

Per the recently announced presidential proclamation, the U.S. immigration policies are being further altered to (1) continue the immigration restrictions of the April 2020 proclamation through December 31, 2020 and (2) to add further restrictions on foreign nationals’ entry into the U.S. through the end of calendar year 2020. While the April proclamation affects foreign

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

Immigration Update: I-485 Applications

Recent reports have indicated that I-485 applications may be placed on hold due to President Trump’s April 2020 Presidential Proclamation. On June 12, 2020 a reporter stated that USCIS claims the basis of “the hold on processing green card applications from current U.S. residents stems from the temporary suspension of in-person services during the COVID-19