USCIS-ITServe Settlement Overturns 10 Years Of H-1B Visa Policies

By |2020-05-22T10:14:24-04:00May 22nd, 2020|H-1B Visa, Immigration Policies, Trump|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has agreed to a settlement with the business group ITServe Alliance that overturns 10 years of policies restricting employers and H-1B visa holders. The settlement follows a pivotal March 10, 2020, District Court opinion that repudiated key USCIS actions and a May 20, 2020, judge’s opinion in Georgia that ruled against [...]

DHS begins collecting DNA from undocumented immigrants.

By |2020-05-18T09:02:38-04:00May 18th, 2020|Deportation, Immigration, Immigration Policies|

The Department of Homeland Security is inching toward implementation of a decades-old law directing it to collect DNA from the undocumented immigrants arrested by its officers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started a small pilot project in Dallas to collect DNA samples of undocumented immigrants who are arrested. And Customs and Border Protection started [...]

Filing For Unemployment? Legal Immigrants Are Afraid.

By |2020-05-11T16:56:50-04:00May 11th, 2020|Coronavirus, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Public Charge, Trump|

This year got off to a busy start for Raquel and Alex. After almost two years together, they got married. Raquel was training for a new job at an immigration law firm in Atlanta. Alex was in a new job in sales. When the coronavirus hit, they found themselves among the millions suddenly jobless. Compounding this bad [...]

What the Coronavirus Stimulus Package Means for Legal and Illegal Immigrants

By |2020-05-08T09:04:21-04:00May 8th, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, Immigration, Immigration Cases, Immigration Policies|

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) — a $2 trillion stimulus package to provide financial relief to individuals, families, and businesses — was signed into law. The 2020 coronavirus stimulus delivers relief through a range of measures, including an advanced tax rebate to taxpayers. If you are a Legal Immigrant, and hold [...]

Timeline and List of U.S. Immigration Actions on COVID-19

By |2020-04-15T10:34:19-04:00April 15th, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deportation, H-1B Visa, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Trump, USCIS Office Closure|

Post last updated April 10, 2020 The United States government has taken extreme actions to limit travel to the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, the government has suspended nearly all legal immigration and travel to the United States and paused most legal immigration applications from immigrants inside the United States as well. It [...]

Judges Slap Down USCIS Again On H-1B Visas

By |2020-04-08T10:48:31-04:00April 8th, 2020|H-1B Visa, Immigration, Immigration Cases, Immigration Policies|

In three new court cases, federal judges have decided that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully denied H-1B petitions for foreign-born professionals. The decisions, which all involve USCIS improperly limiting the definition of a specialty occupation, may bring greater certainty to employers and potential visa holders during uncertain economic times. Under the Trump administration, [...]

USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3

By |2020-04-01T11:03:44-04:00April 1st, 2020|Announcements, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Immigration, Immigration Policies, USCIS Office Closure|

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public. USCIS will continue to provide [...]

USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least April 7

By |2020-03-26T09:44:22-04:00March 26th, 2020|Immigration, Immigration Cases, Immigration Policies, USCIS Interviews, USCIS Office Closure|

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended 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 offices will reopen on April 7 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform [...]

COVID-19 IMMIGRATION PLANNING

By |2020-03-20T14:44:21-04:00March 20th, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, H-1B Visa, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Specialty Ocupation, Trump, USCIS Interviews|

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. We will continue [...]

US Immigration System Changes during the Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-03-19T15:07:11-04:00March 19th, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, Department of Justice, Deportation, Immigrant health insurance, Immigration, Immigration Policies, Trump, USCIS Interviews|

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 pausing deportation flights to certain countries and suspending [...]