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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