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New Executive Order August 3, 2020 – Hiring Practices of Employers with Federal Contracts or Sub-Contracts Under Scrutiny

The president orders executive department and agency review of the use of foreign workers to perform certain government contracts in 2018 and 2019 to determine whether opportunities for US workers were affected. Learn more about this order. - Read More

New USCIS Policy Allows Certain Electronically Copied Signatures During the COVID-19 Distancing Measures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 20, 2020, a temporary new policy to accept all applications or petitions for immigration status or documents that contain scanned or “electronically reproduced” original signatures, including the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.  The temporary change affects petitions or applications for submissions dated March 21, 2020 or later. - Read More

USCIS Announces Changes in Deadlines to Respond to RFEs and Other USCIS Notices and to File an Appeal

Changes in deadlines to respond to RFE’s, other USCIS notices, and to file an appeal. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced flexibility in submitting required responses to notices that apply to applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID),  certain Notices of Intent to - Read More

USCIS Announces that Some Biometrics May Be Reused to Avoid Processing Delays

On March 30, 2020, USCIS announced that it will reuse biometrics data that was previously collected prior to the March 18th closure in order to avoid delays. Learn about these changes. - Read More

USCIS Extends Closure of Local Offices; Announces Appointment Cancellations and Reschedulings

What appointment cancellations due to USCIS office closure will be automatically rescheduled?  On April 1, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the current closure of all local offices will be extended at least through the end of May 3rd, unless the closure is extended further.  The closure affects all in-person activities including - Read More

What Should You Do if Your Visa Status is Expiring, and You Can’t Leave the US?

The COVID-19 crisis and the associated suspension of many international flights are impacting many people in the US under a variety of visas which require that a person leave the US by a certain date.  The steps to take to seek to extend a period of stay vary according to the type of status held, - Read More

Surge in Unemployment Filings Raises Potential Document Conflicts

Learn about the notices being sent to some employers by the WA Employment Security Department (ESD) that potentially raise questions about possible conflicts in employment authorization documents. - Read More

Temporary Suspension of In-Person Inspection of I-9 New Employee Documentation Announced By DHS

Learn about the new I-9 Compliance Procedures for new employees during the COVID-19 crisis, and what actions your company must take. - Read More