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U.S. Department of State Announces Waiver of In-Person Interview Requirement for Certain Temporary Visa Applicants

Learn about the announcement concerning the waiver of in-person interviews through the end of 2022 for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants who have an approved petition by USCIS. - Read More

U.S. Department of State Issues Temporary Waiver of Some Personal Interview and Oath Requirements for Immigrant Visa Applicants Due to COVID-19

Read about the conditions pertaining to this rule, which is valid from December 13, 2021, to December 13, 2023. - Read More

USCIS ANNOUNCES A THIRD ROUND IN H-1B SELECTION – NEWS FLASH!

November 19, 2021, USCIS announced it would conduct a third random selection for H-1B petitions.  The selection will happen today, November 19, and petitions for those selected can begin to be filed on November 22nd. Because there is a very limited number of H-1Bs available per U.S. government fiscal year, a random selection (sometimes referred - Read More

USCIS New Rule Adds H-4, E, L-2 Spouses Eligible for Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization: The Change is Welcome but Insufficient

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced a new policy granting an automatic extension of employment authorization for H-4 (spouses of H-1 workers), L-2 (spouses of L-1 employees), and spouses of E status holders.  USCIS Policy Alert, PA-2021-25, November 12, 2021 (Policy Alert).  The change must be noted by every employer and worker.  Not being aware - Read More

Speaking Engagement at the Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference 2021

I am pleased to be speaking at the Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference 2021: Yesterday’s Lessons, Tomorrow’s Strengths, sponsored by the Washington and Oregon Chapters of AILA.  This year the conference will be held virtually on October 6-8, 2021, and it will offer up to 22.25 CLE credits for attorneys.  - Read More

USCIS Seattle District Takes Steps to Improve Backlogs

The Seattle Field Office of USCIS and USCIS District 41, which includes Washington, Oregon, and other states, announced new measures to attempt to address the backlog of pending cases. - Read More

New Opportunity to Request Reopening H-1B Petitions Previously Denied

On Friday, March 12, 2021 the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security announced H-1B petitions previously denied pursuant to one of three policies can now be requested to be reopened and reconsidered.  - Read More

Employment Authorization Announced for Venezuelans

On March 9, 2021, USCIS announced a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans for an 18-month period beginning March 9, 2021 through September 9, 2022. - Read More

THE REQUIRED REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR H-1B PETITIONS WILL BE MARCH 9, 2021: H-1B WAGE-BASED SELECTION PROCESS WILL NOT BE IMPLEMEMTED FOR THE 2021 SELECTION

The USCIS has announced that the initial registration period for H-1B petitions will run from March 9 through March 25, and that the 2021: H-1B wage-based selection process will not be implemented for the 2021 selection. - Read More

USCIS Announces New Guidance for Completing Form I-9

DHS has extended the COVID-19 compliance accommodations for Form I-9, and USCIS has issued new I-9 guidance concerning employees with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for DACA recipients. - Read More

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