Reminders for Avoiding RFEs for H-1B CAP/Lottery Cases for FY2021

As of April 1, 2020, USCIS has begun once again accepting H-1B Cap subject lottery cases for the FY2021. As highlighted in previous alerts, we again expect a significantly high rate of USCIS Request For Evidence (RFE) demand for H-1B visas this coming quarter as a result of heightened and restrictive immigration policies of this …

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Client Alert: President Announces the Suspension of Certain Non-Immigrant Chinese Students and Researchers From Entering the United States

致: 客户 由: Meyer Law Group 关: 总统宣布暂停某些非移民身份的中国学 生和研究人员进入美国 日期: 2020 年 5 月 29 日 2020 年 5 月 29 日,特朗普总统发布公告,宣布暂停某些来自中国(PRC)的非移民学生和研究人员进入美国。 该公告指控中国利用中国的研究生和博士后研究人员来收集美国的知识产权。 该公告于 6 月 1 日星期一下午 12:00 生效。 东部标准时间,将一直有效直到总统终止。 这项声明会影响哪些学生和研究人员? 这项公告针对的人群为 F(学生)和 J(访问学者)两种签证的学生和研究人员,他们将禁止以及限制入境。注解:“接受或执行某实体的资金,或从某实体接受其资助或目前由该实体从事研究或以其名义进行研究,或已由该实体实施或支持的实体聘用,由其进行研究或以其名义进行研究的“。 中国的“军民融合战略”是什么? 根据该公告,军民融合战略是指“由中国采取或应中国的要求采取行动,以获取和转移外国技术,特别是关键的和新兴的技术,以纳入并提高中国的军事能力。” 美国国务院在 2020 年 3 月发布的一份说明中认为,这种军民融合战略是全球安全威胁,因为其目的是到 2049 年 1 月前使中国共产党成为世界上最先进的军队。1* 哪些学生和研究人员不受影响? 该声明不适用于: 1. 美国的任何合法永久居民。 2. 任何是美国公民或合法永久居民的配偶。 3. 任何是美国武装部队成员的外国人和任何是美国武装部队成员的配偶或子女的外国人。 4. …

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Client Alert: USCIS Announces it will Resume Premium Processing For I-140 and I-129 Petitions

May 29, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On May 29, 2020 U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Workers, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien workers, in phases over the next month: Effective June 1, 2020 USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium …

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Client Alert: Federal Court Decision Regarding H-1B Itinerary Requirements is a Win for H-1B Workers

May 27, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: On May 20, 2020, the North District Court of Georgia ruled against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) in their interpretation of 8 CFR § 214.2(h)(2)(i)(B). This statute requires H-1B Petitions, where services are performed in more than one location, to include an itinerary with dates and …

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Client Alert: New Policy Adoption affecting EB1-C Visas (Multinational Executives and Managers)

May 26, 2020 Dear Valued Clients: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Policy Memorandum adopting the May 5, 2020 Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision in Matter of F-M-Co. USCIS will use this Policy Memorandum to guide determinations going forward. Matter of F-M-Co reaffirms and clarifies the following for EB1-C Multinational Executives …

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Client Alert: USCIS Accepting Refiling of Rejected Forms I-140

USCIS Now Accepting Refiling of Rejected Forms I-140 with E-certification or Electronically Reproduced Signatures On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they would officially begin accepting electronic signatures in addition to wet ink. This temporary change is the result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, inviting flexibility. On March 24, …

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Client Alert: Temporary Policy for Form I-9 List B Documents

  FORM I-9 ANNOUNCEMENT COVID-19 Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents Dear Valued Clients: The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing a temporary policy regarding expired “List B” identity documents used to complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification due to the circumstances that many areas are experiencing a stay-at-home orders due …

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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 …

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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 …

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