ClIENT ALERT: THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES NEW EXEMPTIONS TO TRUMP’S RECENT WORK VISA BAN

August 17, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On June 24, 2020 President Trump signed a proclamation suspending H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 work visas and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2 and J-2 visas effective immediately until December 31, 2020.  Yesterday, the Department of State (DOS) updated guidance on the proclamation, …

ClIENT ALERT: THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES NEW EXEMPTIONS TO TRUMP’S RECENT WORK VISA BAN Read More

Potential Use of a Writ of Mandamus for Form I-526, I-829 or I-924

August 6, 2020 Dear Valued Clients, On July 22, 2020 United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) posted its performance data on all USCIS Petitions and Applications for Quarter 2 of  Fiscal Year 2020. The data reveals that USCIS received only 21 Form I-526 petitions, approved 714 cases, and denied 190 cases between January 2020 …

Potential Use of a Writ of Mandamus for Form I-526, I-829 or I-924 Read More

CIENT ALERT: USCIS AND DOL TEAM UP IN H-1B AND E-3 ENFORCEMENT

August 7, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On July 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Services (USCIS) announced that they entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide access and share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s labor …

CIENT ALERT: USCIS AND DOL TEAM UP IN H-1B AND E-3 ENFORCEMENT Read More

Client Alert: President Trump Rescinds Rule Regarding International Students and Online Learning

July 15, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which operates under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced its plans to prohibit nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online from remaining in the United States and to halt U.S. Visas issued to students enrolled …

Client Alert: President Trump Rescinds Rule Regarding International Students and Online Learning Read More

Client Alert: United States – Canada Border Closure Extension Creates Uncertainty But Spares Visa Holders

May 21, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: The United States-Canadian Border closure to non-essential travel, first issued on March 21, 2020, has been extended thirty days, to June 21, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to avoid cutting off trade, the travel ban allows for “Essential Travel” for work and transport of goods. “Essential …

Client Alert: United States – Canada Border Closure Extension Creates Uncertainty But Spares Visa Holders Read More

Client Alert: Potential Use of a Writ of Mandamus for Form I-526, I-829 or I-924

May 11, 2020 Dear Valued Clients, The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has posted the long-awaited Form I-526 data for Q1 of Fiscal Year 2020. As such, USCIS only adjudicated 455 cases (383 approvals and 72 denials) between October to December 2019. Kindly see below the published adjudication statistics for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition …

Client Alert: Potential Use of a Writ of Mandamus for Form I-526, I-829 or I-924 Read More