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H-1B Petition Window Announced; H-1B Wage-Based Selection Process Will Not Be Implemented for 2021

H-1B Petition Window Announced; H-1B Wage-Based Selection Process Will Not Be Implemented for 2021

The USCIS has announced that the initial registration period for H-1B petitions will run from March 9 through March 25, and that the 2021: H-1B wage-based selection process will not be implemented for the 2021 selection.
USCIS Announces New Guidance for Completing Form I-9

USCIS Announces New Guidance for Completing Form I-9

DHS has extended the COVID-19 compliance accommodations for Form I-9, and USCIS has issued new I-9 guidance concerning employees with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for DACA recipients. Read about these changes.
Big Changes Coming for H-1B’s UPDATE:

Big Changes Coming for H-1B’s UPDATE:

In a previous blog post, we noted the big changes coming for employment visas and H-1B’s based upon presidential proclamations...
Big Changes ahead for employment visas and H-1Bs: Why Now is the Time to Go Forward

Big Changes ahead for employment visas and H-1Bs: Why Now is the Time to Go Forward

There are many new developments regarding visa issuance and changes to H-1B’s. Some of these changes will not become effective as originally put forward, but they may be implemented in a slightly different form. This year is a good time to petition for any anticipated H-1B needs.
Impact of 2020 CARES Act on charitable giving

Impact of 2020 CARES Act on charitable giving

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was signed. This Act provides significant tax relief and charitable giving benefits of both small and large gifts donated in 2020.  An outline of these gift-planning strategies are as follows.  
Buyers and Sellers Experience Impact of Coronavirus on M&A Activity

Buyers and Sellers Experience Impact of Coronavirus on M&A Activity

Buyers and sellers are walking away from deals for various reasons, including changing deal conditions and higher levels of uncertainty, as parties on both sides try to figure out the extent of the pandemic’s impact. Buyers and sellers alike are turning their attention to their own companies in an effort to minimize losses and handle difficult employment decisions, and as a result, M&A activity is adversely impacted.
Executive Order Suspending Immigration: Who is Affected and Who is Not

Executive Order Suspending Immigration: Who is Affected and Who is Not

Late Wednesday the president issued an executive order limiting the issuance of immigrant visas at U.S. consulates abroad. This article reviews exactly who is—and who is not—subject to the order. With notable exceptions, those most affected are nearly all categories of business-based immigration and most family-based immigrants.
When Will H1-B Petitions Get Receipt Notices, Be Processed, and Notifications Made?

When Will H1-B Petitions Get Receipt Notices, Be Processed, and Notifications Made?

On April 13, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced delays in entering data and generating receipt notices for FY 2021 Cap-subject H-1B petitions until “at least” May 1, 2020.  Due to delayed data entry and notice generation, there will be a general delay in processing FY 2021 cap-subject petitions. USCIS advises it is, “mindful of petitions with sensitive expiration and start dates, such as cap-gap petitions, and will strive to process these petitions as efficiently as possible.”

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