The U.S. Dept. of State (DOS) just released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, which confirmed a significant advancement in the “Dates for Filing” chart and a smaller forward movement in the “Final Action Dates” chart.
On August 25th, USCIS announced that it will be able to delay the furloughing of 13,000 employees (nearly 70% of workforce) previously scheduled to begin August 30th. USCIS now expects to be operational at least through September 30, 2020.
Due to delays in the production of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), employers may temporarily use Form I-797, Notice of Action (Approval Notices) informing an applicant of approval of an EAD, as evidence of employment authorization (Form I-9, List C #7 document).
After completing the first lottery in March, USCIS selected additional registrations to fill remaining spots of the 85,000 H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2021 (beginning October 1, 2020).
USCIS is almost entirely fee-funded and the agency has fallen into a severe budget deficit. On July 31st, USCIS announced that revised fees will go into effect on October 2, 2020.
On July 29th, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (NY) granted a temporary nationwide injunction of USCIS’ Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, enjoining USCIS from enforcing the rule during the COVID-19 national health emergency.
The topic of how to comply with the Notice of Filing (NOF) requirement for PERMs when employees are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic was covered in an earlier alert, Immigration Compliance During COVID-19. We have new information to share.
Delayed Production of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards
USCIS recently revealed that, in June 2020, it ended a contract with an outside company responsible for production secure documents such as Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards.
Since Trump's Order Impacting Those Applying for H, L, J Visas (Proclamation 10052) was announced, some important exceptions and clarifications have been made: