In an effort to allay concerns and to enable our clients to adjust plans relevant to nonimmigrant or immigrant visa status in light of the current unprecedented situation, we are providing you with this update regarding current operations of relevant government agencies and any special notifications, dispensations or waivers granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On March 16, 2020, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking guidance regarding employer I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification requirements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

In the letter, AILA requested guidance regarding “Form I-9 verification and reverification, E-Verify and compliance

** As of March 25, 2020, USCIS has updated its temporary closures described below and has extended the suspension of in-person services to April 7, 2020. **

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, USCIS announced temporary office closures effective March 18, 2020.  USCIS is suspending all in-person services at its field offices,

By Catherine V. Wadhwani and Robert S. Whitehill

Without fanfare, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its website with an Alert https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge relating to its Public Charge requirements in the context of the Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.  As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. increase, USCIS recognized that

The recent wave of public and private university and college closings due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is only going to increase throughout the United States.    Many colleges and universities have already moved to remote instruction with all classes online.   The cancellation of all remaining spring and winter sports championships by the NCAA is further evidence

Due to concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump announced today the upcoming suspension of travel from Europe to the United States, with the exception of the United Kingdom.  The travel suspension will go into effect on Friday, March 13, 2020 at midnight and remain in place for the next 30 days.