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Will Those on Work Visas Get a COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

Through the COVID-19 economic relief package, many Americans will receive financial assistance from the government, subject to income restrictions. It’s a little more complicated for tax-paying foreign nationals, such as those here on a H-1B or F-1 visa. The distribution of the stimulus money is not directly dependent on immigration status but on whether the applicant:  is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or qualifying U.S. resident alien;  is not claimed as a dependent on someone […]

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Temporary Suspension of Immigration: What Does It Mean for You?

Trump’s recent late-night tweet about a suspension of immigration added to the anxiety and stress of many. Especially since it was unclear what it actually meant. Now the official proclamation is out, so we can finally dive in and talk about how it’s likely to impact you. The proclamation became effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. It expires 60 days from its effective date but may be extended as necessary.  It […]

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Can an H-1B Worker Apply for Unemployment Benefits?

H-1B beneficiaries and other nonimmigrants (such as L-1, TN, and E-3 workers) are limited to working for their petitioning employer in a specific role. Those applying for unemployment benefits must be “able and available for work” in suitable positions while they collect benefits and must be actively seeking employment.  What does this mean for H-1B workers? Could other work-authorized immigrants qualify for these benefits?  Because H-1B workers, and other nonimmigrants such as L-1, TN, and […]

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A Canceled EAD Biometrics Appointment May Not Delay Your EAD

With the closure of USCIS offices due to COVID-19, many EAD applicants have had their biometrics appointments canceled. However, you might not have to wait much longer than you would have before COVID-19 to receive your EAD. Why?  Even before coronavirus, there were already long processing delays for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). It would seem like canceling biometrics appointments would set things back further.  But if you had your EAD biometrics appointment scheduled with an […]

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USCIS Releases Updated Q&A on Temporary Policies for Form I-9 and E-Verify

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS has provided some temporary flexibility to the E-Verify and Form I-9 requirements. Here are the latest Q&As from USCIS on this topic, which should be helpful to employers. Read on.

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USPTO Extend Deadlines Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) was signed into law at the end of March 2020. Provisions within the CARES Act allowed the USPTO and the TTAB to grant extensions of time for certain filings. The USPTO swiftly announced last week that certain 30-day filing extensions are now available.  These extensions encompass certain trademark-related documents and fee payment submissions. New deadlines fall between March 27 and April 30, 2020. If […]

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