Extension of Border Restrictions

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

DHS announced that “Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure.” Advance copies of the notifications of temporary travel restrictions applicable to land ports of entry and ferries service note that restrictions along the U.S....

Public Charge Rule and Covid-19

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Will getting tested, treatment or preventative care for COVID-19 impact my client's immigration application under the public charge rule? On March 13, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency will not consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (...

Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Medical Graduates

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

USCIS issued a policy memo to introduce temporary policy changes regarding the full-time work requirement for H-1B foreign medical graduates who have received a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement under section 212(e) of the INA through the practice of medicine with or based on t...

Period of Stay for Media Representatives from China

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

CBP final rule amending the regulations to provide that foreign media representatives from the People's Republic of China, with the exception of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) or Macau SAR passport holders, may no longer be admitted for an indefinite period, but instead may be admi...

Notice to Appear

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a decision dated May 30, 2019, an immigration judge terminated removal proceedings on the basis that the Notice to Appear (Form I-862) served on the respondent was defective. DHS appealed from that decision, and the BIA requested and received supplemental briefs from the DHS and amici curiae. ...

Contacting the National Visa Center

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

On June 1, 2020, National Visa Center will no longer accept or respond to inquiries through mail. National Visa Center has modernized the way we pre-process visa applications. This has allowed NVC to streamline services to case parties and to U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Elimination of paper c...

USCIS extension of Response Times

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

In response to the coronavirus (COVID‐19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain:  Requests for Evidence;  Continuations to Request Evidence (N‐14);  Notic...

Amendment of H2A visa requirements

Posted by Alexander Carl | May 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

On April 20, the Department of Homeland Security published a temporary final rule to amend certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The temporary final rule ...

Immigration Office Closures - Extended

Posted by Alexander Carl | Apr 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to re-open in compliance with local and state ...

Presidential Proclamation

Posted by Alexander Carl | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The American Immigration Lawyer's Association published a very informative flyer containing information on what foreign nationals should know about the President's most recent Proclamation and its implications on certain immigrants.  Here's What We Know On April 22, 2020, President Trump i...

Unemployment Benefits for Immigrants

Posted by Ally Bolour | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Immigrants may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they satisfy the requirements.   Unemployment benefits are administered by each state, with input from the federal government.  Most States provide for up to 26 weeks of benefits to their unemployed workers.  Federal guidelines require th...

Special Immigrant Visas - Iraqi and Afghan Nationals

Posted by Alexander Carl | Apr 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Congress has enacted a series of legislative provisions since 2006 to enable certain Iraqi and Afghan nationals to become U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPRs). These provisions make certain Iraqis and Afghans who worked as translators or interpreters, or who were employed by, or on behalf of, ...

Write of Mandamus

Posted by Scott A. Emerick | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

A writ of mandamus is a lawsuit brought in Federal Court against a government agency to compel them to act on something to which the plaintiff has a right.  At our firm we have brought writs of mandamus against the U.S. State Department, the Department of Justice, and USCIS in relation to our cli...

USCIS - Temporary Office Closures Update

Posted by Alexander Carl | Apr 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

On April 1, 2020, USCIS announced that it is extending the temporary suspension of in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers until at least May 3, 2020. USCIS will begin reopening its offices on May 4,2020, unless the public closures are extended fur...

Application for Employment Authorization

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to ...

USCIS Office(s) closure

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

USCIS announced that it is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) in response to COVID-19. The suspension is effective March 18 until at least April 1. Those needing assistance with emergency services should call the USCIS Contac...

Naturalization - continuous residency

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

An applicant for naturalization generally must have resided continuously in the United States after his or her lawful permanent resident (LPR) admission for at least 5 years1 prior to filing the naturalization application (residence must continue until the applicant is naturalized). Under the law...

ICE statement on COVID-19

Posted by Alexander Carl | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Currently, there are no detainees in ICE custody with confirmed COVID-19. As a precautionary measure to protect the aliens in our care and others, ICE is temporarily suspending social visitation in all of its detention facilities. ICE does not conduct enforcement operations at medical facilities,...

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