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:
We are continuing to adapt to global and domestic changes which have impacted the immigration landscape in recent months.
Trump’s New Executive Order Impacts Those Applying for H, L, J Visas - No Impact to Employees in the U.S. or Those Re-Entering with Approved Visas
Today, President Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) that will temporary suspend entry of H-1B, L-1, J-1 and H-2B Nonimmigrants, and their dependents, who do not have a valid visa (stamp). Here are the key takeaways:
As discussed in our May 25th article, Overturned: USCIS Policy Impacting H-1Bs for Consultants, USCIS agreed to end its policy of requiring employers of IT consultants to submit client contracts and itineraries to prove the existence of valid employer-employee relationship between the H-1B petitioner and beneficiary.
President Trump’s latest immigration proclamation, signed on May 29th, only bars Chinese nationals from entering the U.S. with a F or J visa if: