Covid-19

Forbes: USCIS improperly denied an H-1B petition

Forbes: USCIS improperly denied an H-1B petition US Magistrate Judge L. Patrick Auld has ruled that US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) improperly denied an H-1B petition after USCIS claimed the position did not qualify as a “specialty occupation.” Stuart Anderson, senior contributor at Forbes, writes that this ruling is the “first known case where a federal judge …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the European Union’s Schengen Area

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the European Union’s Schengen Area As you may have seen in the news, the United States government has prohibited non-US citizens who are from the 26 countries that make up the European Union’s Schengen Area or who have visited the Schengen Area in the previous two weeks from entering the United States. …

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Coronavirus travel updates, British edition

Coronavirus travel updates, British edition The Foreign Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to an increasing number of countries because of coronavirus. Some destinations have travel restrictions, quarantine measures, border closures and health screenings in place due to the outbreak. If travelers have recently been on another trip abroad to …

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USCIS closes offices nationwide March-18 April 1

USCIS Closes Offices Nationwide March 18-April 1 Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS Log This suspension of services will be effective until at least April 1. In …

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Coronavirus raises tough immigration issue for business

Coronavirus Raises Tough Immigration Issues For Businesses Coronavirus raises a host of difficult immigration issues for U.S. businesses, including the status of H-1B visa holders and international students, obtaining I-9 verification for new employees and travel restrictions that limit mobility for international personnel. Below is a look at important immigration issues facing businesses during the …

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US Immigration System Changes during the Coronavirus Pandemic

US Immigration System Changes during the Coronavirus Pandemic As the United States responds to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has made sweeping changes to the country’s immigration apparatus, altering daily operations and disrupting the lives of thousands. In a little over a week, there have been a dozen changes, ranging from postponing immigration hearings to …

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COVID-19 IMMIGRATION PLANNING

COVID-19 IMMIGRATION PLANNING The Coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken the entire world by utter surprise, and both governments, employers and employees are in new, never chartered territories. Our team at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers has kept our doors open and implemented a remote work rotating policy for our employees so we can continue to serve our clients. …

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Under coronavirus immigration measures, U.S. is expelling border-crossers to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes

Under coronavirus immigration measures, U.S. is expelling border-crossers to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes Migrants who cross into the United States illegally are being expelled to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes under emergency coronavirus measures now in force across the U.S. southern border, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of …

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USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures

USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the …

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U.S. Immigration Officials Evaluate Vulnerable Detainees for Possible Release Amid Pandemic

U.S. Immigration Officials Evaluate Vulnerable Detainees for Possible Release Amid Pandemic U.S. immigration officials said on Tuesday they are considering releasing some detainees at high risk for coronavirus infection as detainees and workers have tested positive for the resulting COVID-19 illness. In an email sent to lawmakers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that …

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