Visas & Immigration
- If you heard the story about a soldier who met a Christian Iraqi girl in Iraq, fell in love and ultimately received worldwide media attention, even going on Oprah with Garth Brooks…well…Barbara made it possibleRobert H. San Diego, CA
Seattle Immigration Blog
- Attorney Barbara Marcouiller has been invited to moderate a panel presentation at the AILA Washington State Chapter for the annual conference in October, 2023.
I-9 Remote Document Verification Has Ended – Employers Have Until August 30, 2023, to Verify Documents in Person or Under the New Optional Alternative 1 (OA1) ProcedureThe temporary I-9 Covid accommodation allowing employers to verify documents remotely ended on July 31, 2023. Employers must now either conduct in-person verification of original documents by August 30 (not 31) for employees previously verified remotely, or (if they qualify), verify documents under a new process called Optional Alternative 1 (“OA1”).
- On June 24, 2023, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will dispose of E-Verify records that are ten years old or older. This deadline affects all employers who use the E-Verify system.
To ensure you retain access to this important data, you must download these records before the deadline or they will be permanently irretrievable.
- Firm founder Barbara Marcouiller will be speaking at the 2022 AILA NW Regional Conference to be held at the Portland, Oregon Convention Center from September 21-22, 2022.
Important Advisory Regarding EAD/AP Combo-Cards – New Cards May Not Be Valid for Re-Entry Into the USUnlike previously, EAD’s now being issued are often not valid for return entry to the US. As a result, applicants for adjustment of status need to confirm re-entry authorization before traveling, or to forgo traveling outside the US.
- Learn about the TPS requirements and benefits, which affect Ukrainians living in the US as of March 1, 2022, and which grant work authorization and prevents consequences of overstay and forced removal.
- USCIS announced that the next initial registration period for H-1B petitions will open at noon (ET) on March 1 and run through noon (ET) on March 18. The selection process will be a random selection as in the past.
U.S. Department of State Announces Waiver of In-Person Interview Requirement for Certain Temporary Visa ApplicantsLearn 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.
U.S. Department of State Issues Temporary Waiver of Some Personal Interview and Oath Requirements for Immigrant Visa Applicants Due to COVID-19Read about the conditions pertaining to this rule, which is valid from December 13, 2021, to December 13, 2023.
- 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