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June 02, 2020
Aaron Lawee

Administration Expands Opportunities for Certain Temporary Workers

For most people trying to use our immigration system, the Corona Virus (COVID-19) has resulted in agonizing delays with no end in sight: consulates have shut down; new “travel bans” have been enacted; interview, oath ceremonies, and fingerprints/biometrics appointments have...

June 01, 2020
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

An Update from Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. Regarding Adapting to Covid-19

Open and Taking Appointments! First and foremost, from all of us at Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan, P.C. (MMH) we want to thank you for your flexibility and patience over the last 10 weeks as we navigate the new challenges we...

May 21, 2020
Chandni Shah

USCIS Plans 10% Additional Surcharge to Filing Fees as a Result of Coronavirus Pandemic. File Now to Avoid Additional Costs!

As we continue to adjust to life during a pandemic, USCIS has found that even the agency itself is not immune to the negative financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The USCIS, which relies on filing fees to fund its...

May 18, 2020
Beata Leja

Yes, Certain H-1B Workers & Other Nonimmigrants May Receive Stimulus Checks!

Over the last few weeks, thousands of foreign workers, including many living overseas, began receiving stimulus checks from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In some cases, those checks were issued in error. In other cases, the foreign workers, including...

May 13, 2020
Tahreem Kalam

Impact of Remote Work, Furloughs, Pay Cuts & Terminations on H-1B, E-3 and H-1B1 Employment

Employers have had to adjust rapidly to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Some have closed their doors completely, others are asking employees to work from home, and unfortunately many have had to furlough and terminate employees. These changes have a unique...

May 06, 2020
Stephen Tarnoff

Limited 30-day Extensions for Individuals on Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) During COVID-19 Pandemic

Individuals who have entered the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP or ESTA) may now be able to temporarily extend their status in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ordinarily, those entering the U.S. under the VWP can stay...

April 27, 2020
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Will Consider Approving Late Petition Filings Caused by COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making it easier for foreign nationals to avoid immigration problems if they are unable to timely extend or change their immigration status while in the U.S....

April 23, 2020
Beata Leja

Summary of Trump’s Executive Order to Suspend Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Mostly Smoke and Mirrors

On April 20, 2020, President Trump announced via Twitter his intention to “suspend all immigration” into the U.S., causing panic amongst immigrants, their families and their employers. The actual executive order titled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk...

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