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H-1B, L-1 Update: USCIS Adopts Policy Changes

Nonimmigrant spouses of H-1B and L-1 visa holders with long-pending EAD applications have finally received some relief. Based upon a settlement in Shergill v. Mayokas, USCIS is making major policy changes. Going forward, certain H-4 spouses with pending EAD applications will be entitled to 180-day automatic extensions of their EAD cards and L-2 spouses will... Continue Reading
November 11, 2021

Nov. 8 Marks Lifting of Some U.S. COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions

As of 12:01 a.m. ET on November 8, 2021, the United States’ country-specific 14-day COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been so troublesome and disruptive for individuals and businesses will be eliminated. Instead, protecting the country from COVID-19 will focus on vaccination status. President Joe Biden’s “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During... Continue Reading…
October 29, 2021

Nov. 8 Marks Lifting of Some U.S. COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions

As of 12:01 a.m. ET on November 8, 2021, the United States’ country-specific 14-day COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been so troublesome and disruptive for individuals and businesses will be eliminated. Instead, protecting the country from COVID-19 will focus on vaccination status. President Joe Biden’s “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel... Continue Reading
October 29, 2021

DHS Secretary Orders Discontinuation of Mass Worksite Enforcement Operations

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro N. Mayorkas has issued a policy directive to immediately discontinue mass worksite enforcement operations. These involve large-scale law enforcement operations resulting in the arrest of hundreds of unauthorized workers. They were a significant part of the Trump Administration’s worksite enforcement strategy. Secretary Mayorkas criticized these large-scale... Continue Reading
October 13, 2021

What Happens to the Immigration Agencies When the Government Shuts Down?

The country dodged a government shutdown at the end of September, but we may be faced with the same problem on December 3, 2021, when Congress will again have to fund the government. Because we often come close to a shutdown (and sometimes shutdowns happen), it is important to remember how a shutdown affects the... Continue Reading…
October 1, 2021

What Happens to the Immigration Agencies When the Government Shuts Down?

The country dodged a government shutdown at the end of September, but we may be faced with the same problem on December 3, 2021, when Congress will again have to fund the government. Because we often come close to a shutdown (and sometimes shutdowns happen), it is important to remember how a shutdown affects the... Continue Reading
October 1, 2021

ICE: I-9 Flexibility to Continue Through 2021

Once again, at the last moment, ICE has extended “flexibility” for I-9 employment verification. This time, for four more months, until the end of the year, December 31, 2021, due to continuing COVID-19 precautions. Employees hired on or after April 1, 2021, who work exclusively in a remote setting are temporarily exempt from the physical... Continue Reading…
September 1, 2021

ICE: I-9 Flexibility to Continue Through 2021

Once again, at the last moment, ICE has extended “flexibility” for I-9 employment verification. This time, for four more months, until the end of the year, December 31, 2021, due to continuing COVID-19 precautions. Employees hired on or after April 1, 2021, who work exclusively in a remote setting are temporarily exempt from the physical... Continue Reading
September 1, 2021

USCIS Makes More Cap-Subject H-1B Selections, Technical Problems in Notice Access

USCIS made more random Cap H-1B selections on July 28, 2021. Notifications started to go out today – July 29, 2021. Due to a glitch in the USCIS system, attorneys do not yet have access to the notices (although some employers do). USCIS is aware of this technical problem and is working to resolve it.... Continue Reading
July 29, 2021

Somalia TPS Extension to 2023 Announced

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an 18-month extension and re-designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through March 17, 2023. The Secretary stated, “Three decades of conflict in Somalia, along with natural disasters and disease outbreaks, have worsened an already severe humanitarian crisis.” Somalia has been dealing with violence, drought, flooding,... Continue Reading…
July 22, 2021

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