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

By |2020-04-10T14:40:45-04:00April 10th, 2020|COVID-19, Deportation, ICE, Immigrant health insurance|

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 it had instructed its offices around the country to consider the [...]

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 [...]

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

By |2020-03-31T14:58:20-04:00March 31st, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deportation, Immigrant health insurance, Immigration|

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 the latest government statistics. The pandemic has allowed the U.S. Border Patrol to implement the kind [...]

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

By |2020-03-31T14:08:48-04:00March 31st, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, Immigration, Immigration Cases, USCIS Interviews, USCIS Office Closure|

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 public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS [...]

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 [...]

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of H-1B 2021 Premium Processing

By |2020-03-23T10:59:19-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Immigration|

On Tuesday, March 17, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing services for all petitions filed under the H-1B cap-subject category. As stated in the announcement, H-1B petitioners will not be able to request premium processing by the time the USCIS starts accepting petitions on April 1. Any [...]

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 [...]

USCIS Closes Offices Nationwide March 18-April 1

By |2020-03-18T13:10:20-04:00March 18th, 2020|Coronavirus, COVID-19, Immigrant health insurance, USCIS Interviews|

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 the meantime, USCIS will provide limited emergency [...]