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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.
House Approves $2.2 Trillion Relief Package in Response to COVID-19

House Approves $2.2 Trillion Relief Package in Response to COVID-19

3.27.20, 3:00pm:  Today, the House of Representatives approved historic legislation designed to prevent economic collapse and provide resources to overburdened...
Governor Inslee issues COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order

Governor Inslee issues COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order

Order issued On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order in an attempt to...

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