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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.”
What Should You Do if Your Visa Status is Expiring, and You Can’t Leave the US?

What Should You Do if Your Visa Status is Expiring, and You Can’t Leave the US?

The COVID-19 crisis and the associated suspension of many international flights are impacting many people in the US under a variety of visas which require that a person leave the US by a certain date.  The steps to take to seek to extend a period of stay vary according to the type of status held, and the government’s policies being adopted in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
USCIS Extends Closure of Local Offices; Announces Appointment Cancellations and Reschedulings

USCIS Extends Closure of Local Offices; Announces Appointment Cancellations and Reschedulings

On April 1, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the current closure of all local offices will be extended at least through the end of May 3rd, unless the closure is extended further.  The closure affects all in-person activities including interviews, naturalization oath ceremonies, and biometrics collection appointments.  In case a true emergency requires action, such as a temporary stamp in a passport, emergency accommodation may be requested.
Surge in Unemployment Filings Raises Potential Document Conflicts

Surge in Unemployment Filings Raises Potential Document Conflicts

Employers should be advised that the surge in filings for unemployment is bringing to light potential conflicts of employee social security numbers or employment authorization documents.
New USCIS Policy Allows Certain Electronically Copied Signatures During the COVID-19 Distancing Measures

New USCIS Policy Allows Certain Electronically Copied Signatures During the COVID-19 Distancing Measures

USCIS temporary policy provides acceptance of most applications or petitions for immigration status or documents that contain scanned or “electronically reproduced” original signatures, including the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.
Temporary Suspension of In-Person Inspection of I-9 New Employee Documentation Announced By DHS

Temporary Suspension of In-Person Inspection of I-9 New Employee Documentation Announced By DHS

Because employers are taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by having employees work remotely, the Department of Homeland Security will exercise discretion to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) under Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
USCIS Announces Changes in Deadlines to Respond to RFEs and Other USCIS Notices and to File an Appeal

USCIS Announces Changes in Deadlines to Respond to RFEs and Other USCIS Notices and to File an Appeal

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced flexibility in submitting required responses to notices that apply to applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID),  certain Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), and Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) regional investment centers, as well as certain filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
USCIS Announces that Some Biometrics May Be Reused to Avoid Processing Delays

USCIS Announces that Some Biometrics May Be Reused to Avoid Processing Delays

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 30, 2020, that it will reuse biometrics data that was previously collected prior to the March 18th closure.  For cases that already have submitted reusable biometrics, this action will allow processing of employment authorization documents, for example, to go forward despite the closure of the offices collecting the biometrics.

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