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  • DHS Increases Automatic Extension of Work Authorizations for Certain Individuals

    As of May 4, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is increasing the automatic extension of work authorization from 180 days to 540 days for certain individuals. Currently, certain individuals with expiring employment authorization documents (EADs) can continue working for an additional 180 days as long as they have timely submitted for a replacement... Continue Reading
    May 4, 2022
  • I-9 Flexibility Extended to End of October 2022

    I-9 flexibility is extended until October 31, 2022, due to continuing COVID-19 precautions. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidance remains the same and preparing for the possible end of the flexibility is still advised. Indeed, DHS stated, “[E]mployers are encouraged to begin, at their discretion, the in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility for employees who... Continue Reading…
    April 28, 2022
  • I-9 Flexibility Extended to End of October 2022

    I-9 flexibility is extended until October 31, 2022, due to continuing COVID-19 precautions. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidance remains the same and preparing for the possible end of the flexibility is still advised. Indeed, DHS stated, “[E]mployers are encouraged to begin, at their discretion, the in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility for... Continue Reading
    April 27, 2022
  • Ukraine, Sudan Temporary Protected Status Application Instructions Issued

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Federal Register notice with instructions on how to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Ukraine and Sudan. Both designations run for 18 months, until October 19, 2023. When Ukrainian TPS was originally announced, only individuals who had continuously resided in the United States since March... Continue Reading
    April 19, 2022
  • Cameroon Designated for Temporary Protected Status

    The Department of Homeland Security has announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. The designation is based on the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon. Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “Cameroonian nationals currently residing in the U.S. who cannot safely return due to the extreme violence perpetrated by government forces... Continue Reading
    April 18, 2022
  • DHS on New Premium Processing

    The Department of Homeland Security set out the specifics about the upcoming new premium processing benefits in the Federal Register on March 30, 2022. The details, however, did not include any specific implementation dates, which it said depends on when the revenues exist to cover potential costs. The plan is to make premium processing available... Continue Reading
    April 1, 2022
  • USCIS Measures to Ease Processing Times

    Just as the Biden Administration is proposing increased funding for USCIS to help reduce the agency’s backlog, USCIS is announcing  future new actions to improve processing times. USCIS: Plans to expand staffing, improve its technology, and establish new internal cycle time goals (the amount of time it takes to process a typical case). As the... Continue Reading
    March 29, 2022
  • Ukraine Will Be Given Temporary Protected Status, DHS Announces

    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This designation was made based on the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ukraine that prevent Ukrainian nationals, and those of no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine, from returning to Ukraine... Continue Reading
    March 3, 2022
  • Time to Get Ready for FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season

    USCIS has announced that H-1B Cap registration will start on March 1, 2022, at noon (Eastern) and will continue through noon (Eastern) on March 18, 2022. If enough registrations to fill the cap are received by March 18 (which is likely), USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications through users’ myUSCIS online accounts.... Continue Reading
    January 31, 2022
  • ICE: I-9 Flexibility to Continue Through April 2022

    ICE has announced it will extend I-9 flexibility until April 30, 2022, due to continuing precautions related to COVID-19. The guidance remains the same: Employees who work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 continue to be temporarily exempt from the in-person requirements associated with Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, until they start working at a... Continue Reading…
    December 23, 2021

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