Extension of USCIS Office Closures
Since March 18, in-person services have been suspended at USCIS application support centers (ASCs ), asylum offices, and field offices due to COVID-19. These closures are now extended until May 3 at least. USCIS offices are expected to reopen May 4 provided closures are not extended again. While the closures remain in place, employees will: engage in services that are considered “mission-essential” and include no in-person interaction with the public; offer limited emergency services; send […]Continue Reading
USCIS Sued to Seek Extensions of Expiring Legal Status
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has refused many requests to temporarily toll deadlines and the expiration dates for foreign nationals legally present in the United States, including dates related to lawful status and work authorization. Last week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed a lawsuit against USCIS to seek the temporary immediate suspension of immigration status expiration deadlines and the maintenance of status for nonimmigrants in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic. […]Continue Reading
How Do Employers Comply with the H-1B LCA Notice Requirements in Light of COVID-19?
The H-1B regulations require employers to notify employees of their intent to hire H-1B nonimmigrant workers via a “Posting Notice” prior to filing the H-1B nonimmigrant petition. The notification must be readily available to affected workers. Typically, this notice is accomplished by posting a hard-copy of the notice at the worksite where the H-1B worker will be employed in two conspicuous places. However, with many employees working remotely, employers will need to consider electronic notification. […]Continue Reading
Here are a few additional resources for COVID-19 updates: U.S. Department of State – COVID-19 Information U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Florida Department of Health – COVID-19Continue Reading
USCIS suspended in-person services at field offices until at least April 1. This will impact and further delay Biometric (fingerprinting) appointments, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) and Advance Parole (travel document) adjudications, Green Card and Naturalization interviews, Naturalization Ceremonies, and more. Learn more. If you have questions about this change, please reach out to the Marks Gray Immigration Team for assistance.Continue Reading