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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

When Will H1-B Petitions Get Receipt Notices, Be Processed, and Notifications Made?

On April 13, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced delays in entering data and generating receipt notices for FY 2021 Cap-subject H-1B petitions until “at least” May 1, 2020.  Due to delayed data entry and notice generation, there will be a general delay in processing FY 2021 cap-subject petitions. USCIS advises it is, “mindful of petitions with sensitive expiration and start dates, such as cap-gap petitions, and will strive to process these petitions as efficiently as possible.” - 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

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