General Immigration News and Updates

On April 27, 2020 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of the Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).  The M-274 is an essential compendium of I-9 compliance information and instruction, and is designed to supplement employ­ers’ understanding and knowledge of the various employment eligibility verification obligations.

This is a reminder that employers are required to use the new version of the Form I-9 as of May 1,2020.  As noted in our prior post, USCIS announced the publication of the new version of the Form I-9 on January 31, 2020, with a 60-day grace period for its mandatory use.  Accordingly, the

USCIS extends immigration related deadlines:

On March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an extension of the flexibility it announced to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to the following types of requests, with deadlines:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of

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).  This closure was scheduled through May 3.  Today, April 24, 2020, USCIS is announced that it will reopen on or after June 4. Employees

On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of any individual seeking to enter the United States as an immigrant who:

  • Is outside the United States on the effective date of the proclamation;
  • Does not have a valid immigrant visa as of April 23, 2020; and
  • Does not have a valid

On March 18, USCIS extended the suspension of all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of its offices through May 3, to protect its workforce and to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities.  USCIS offices plan to re-open on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further.

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Today USCIS announced it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY2021 H-1B cap.  USCIS conducted a lottery by randomly selecting from the registrations properly submitted.  USCIS will notify petitioners with registrations selected no later than March 31, 2020.  Petitioners will be able to file an H-1B cap subject petition

March 20, 2020: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will not accept any new requests for premium processingUSCIS will process