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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

2021 Diversity Visa Lottery REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

U.S. State Department announces registration period open for the 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Program. Learn about the visa lottery, and whether you may qualify. - Read More

Barbara Marcouiller Invited to Speak to National Conference of Immigration Lawyers

On June 19, 2019 Barbara Marcouiller addressed a couple hundred immigration lawyers at the national conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is the American Bar Association-recognized immigration bar. - Read More

New Interview Locations for Many Suburban Seattle Naturalization Applicants

Beginning at the end of June 2019 USCIS District 20 began moving naturalization interviews from the Seattle field office to other offices in the district including specifically Yakima, WA and Portland, OR.  Learn about the effects of these changes. - Read More

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