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USCIS Updates Visitor Policy in Response to CDC Guidance on Fully Vaccinated People

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance, USCIS is opening its doors to “unmasked,” “fully vaccinated” people. According to USCIS’ new visitor policy: Fully vaccinated people (those who are at least two weeks out from a dose of a single-dose vaccine or the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series)... Continue Reading
May 27, 2021

USCIS Updates Visitor Policy in Response to CDC Guidance on Fully Vaccinated People

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance, USCIS is opening its doors to “unmasked,” “fully vaccinated” people. According to USCIS’ new visitor policy: Fully vaccinated people (those who are at least two weeks out from a dose of a single-dose vaccine or the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series)... Continue Reading…
May 27, 2021

USCIS: Delays Issuing Receipt Notices for Applications, Petitions Filed at Certain Lockboxes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at USCIS lockboxes that are located in Chicago, Illinois, Phoenix, Arizona, and Lewisville, Texas. This announcement does not come as a surprise to most filers, since delays have been experienced for some time... Continue Reading
January 12, 2021

USCIS: Delays Issuing Receipt Notices for Applications, Petitions Filed at Certain Lockboxes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at USCIS lockboxes that are located in Chicago, Illinois, Phoenix, Arizona, and Lewisville, Texas. This announcement does not come as a surprise to most filers, since delays have been experienced for some time... Continue Reading…
January 12, 2021

WEBINAR: Navigating Immigration in the Life Sciences Industry

For employers in the life sciences industry, please note our upcoming webinar on December 2, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST. A description of the subject matter and registration details can be found here. Continue Reading
November 13, 2020

Government Guidance on How Ineligible Individuals can Return COVID-19 Stimulus Payment

On May 11, 2020, the IRS issued guidance about how to return an Economic Impact Payment (EIP), also known as a COVID-19 stimulus payment. Ineligible individuals who receive EIPs are required to return them. Resident and Nonresident Alien EIP Eligibility The IRS guidance indicates that: A person who is a nonresident alien in 2020 is... Continue Reading…
May 15, 2020

Government Guidance on How Ineligible Individuals can Return COVID-19 Stimulus Payment

On May 11, 2020, the IRS issued guidance about how to return an Economic Impact Payment (EIP), also known as a COVID-19 stimulus payment. Ineligible individuals who receive EIPs are required to return them. Resident and Nonresident Alien EIP Eligibility The IRS guidance indicates that: A person who is a nonresident alien in 2020 is... Continue Reading
May 15, 2020

Were H-1B Electronic Registrations Mistakenly Denied as Duplicates?

Some registrants and their attorneys are complaining that some H-1B registrations submitted under the new, electronic process were denied as duplicates were not duplicates at all. When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced H-1B Cap electronic registration, there were concerns that some employers might abuse the system. DHS decided to impose a small registration... Continue Reading
April 21, 2020

China’s ‘Sea Turtles’

According to Chinese government data, the number of Chinese students studying in the United States rose from fewer than 1 million in 2000 to more than 6 million in 2017. The number of these students who are returning home to China has grown at close to the same rate. In 2000, hardly any returned, but,...… Continue Reading
September 18, 2019

Plans to Shuffle Agents from Canadian to Mexican Border Raises Fear of Delays at Northern Border

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to transfer more than 700 border agents from the 120 ports of entry at the Northern (Canadian) border to the Southern (Mexican) border. The purpose is to bolster the number of agents available to help with asylum seekers. Members of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus (NBC) oppose...… Continue Reading
May 16, 2019

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