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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

Read about the proclamation, which not only suspends US entry for certain non-immigrants, it also rescinds employment authorization for many already in the US. - Read More

USCIS to Reopen Some Local Offices on June 4, 2020

The Seattle (Tukwila) USCIS office will open on June 4 for limited purposes (including interviews and naturalization); while other USCIS local offices may remain closed. Learn more. - Read More

USCIS Extends the Closure of Local Offices to June 4th

USCIS extends office closures through June 4th. Learn about what appointments have been cancelled, and how they will be rescheduled. - Read More

Validity of Washington Driver’s License as Federally-Accepted ID Extended for One Year

On April 27, 2020, the final rule was published delaying enforcement of the REAL ID Act’s prohibition on ID’s that do not contain certain information being accepted on the federal level.  Read about the new applicable date for REAL ID-compliant cards. - Read More

Executive Order Suspending Immigration: Who is Affected and Who is Not

The President recently issued an Executive Order limiting the issuance of immigrant visas at U.S. consulates abroad. Learn about the scope of the Order, and who will (and who will not) be affected. - 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