President Trump Signs Executive Order Temporary Suspending Many Employment-Based Visa Categories: See Alternative Options

On Monday June 22, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the issuance of visas in certain nonimmigrant (temporary) worker categories through the end of the calendar year 2020, extended an existing temporary ban on certain permanent visa categories through the end of the year, and ordered government agencies to investigate possible further work …

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing and Reopens Field Offices in Phases

On March 20, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of Premium Processing for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  On June 1, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.  https://youtu.be/KM5K5yhgmNc Watch our video …

Bill Introduced to Provide Another 40,000 Immigrant Visas to Healthcare Workers for Doctors and Nurses Due to COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, Senators Perdue (R-GA), Young (R-IN), Cornyn (R-TX), Durbin (D-IL), Coons (D-DE), and Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.3599, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, which seeks to enhance the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 global pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused immigrant visas for doctors and nurses. The number of visas available shall be the …

H-2B Visa Update: DHS Relaxes Rules to Help Soften Covid-19’s Impact on Food Supply Chain

The Department of Homeland Security announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2B requirements in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The current Administration enacted a temporary change to rules on H-2B guest workers to help beleaguered meatpacking plants keep those foreign employees in the United States as the companies deal with absenteeism …

La Escasez de Conductores de Camiones Puede Resolverse Mediante Tarjetas Verdes (“Green Card”) por el Visado EB-3

Durante los últimos 15 años, Estados Unidos ha experimentado una grave escasez de conductores de camiones disponibles y calificados. Según un informe reciente del grupo de la industria de camiones más grande de la nación, las American Trucking Associations (ATA), a fines de 2018, la industria tenía pocas posiciones de 60,800 conductores. La ATA predice …

Visas H-2B Para Conductores de Camiones Locales Durante la Escasez de Conductores

por Abogada Jennifer Grady Se espera que la escasez de camioneros en EE. UU. se duplique en la próxima década a medida que la industria lucha por reemplazar a los conductores que envejecen y reclutar más mujeres. El déficit del conductor aumentó a 60.800 personas en 2018, lo que representa un aumento del 17% respecto …

H-2B Visas for Local Truck Drivers During Driver Shortages

The U.S. trucker shortage is expected to more than double over the next decade as the industry struggles to replace aging drivers and recruit more women. The driver deficit swelled 60,800 in 2018, which was a 17% increase over the prior year, according to a study by the American Trucking Associations. What if there was …

What Can a Visa Holder Do if It’s Impossible to Leave US Due to Covid-19 Before Lawful Status Expires?

If a person in non-immigrant status in the US does not leave the country before his or her period of authorization expires, he or she would be considered out of status, and may begin accruing unlawful presence in the United States. However, what if the alien cannot leave the US due to travel restrictions in …

How Immigration Issues are Affected by COVID-19: Students, Detainees, and Travel Ban

While the entire world is feeling the effect of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), individuals who are affected by immigration may have particularly pressing questions as to whether their cases will continue to be adjudicated, detentions will be made, foreign students will be able to remain on a student visa, and the effects of the travel …

ATTENTION: New Form I-9 Released On January 31, 2020 by USCIS

This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of Jan. 31, 2020 On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the newly updated Form I-9.  All U.S. employers must properly complete the Form I-9 for each individual they hire for …

USCIS Announces New H-1B Registration Process Starting March 1, 2020

On December 6, 2019, USCIS announced that it is implementing an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to submit H-1B cap-subject petitions. Employers seeking to file FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay an associated $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to …

How Can I Complete an I-9 Form for a Remote Employee?

When hiring a new employee, or converting an employee from an independent contractor to an employee, the company must complete an I-9 form in person, within three days of hire, to establish the employee's authorization to work in the United States. For remote employees who are far from the nearest office, this can pose a …

USCIS Raises Premium Processing Fee to $1,440 on December 2, 2019

The USCIS final rule increasing the premium processing fee for Form I-129 and Form I-140 from USD $1,410.00 to $1,440.00 takes effect December 2, 2019. Applications postmarked on or after December 2, 2019, must include the new fee. The premium processing fee will increase to $1,440 for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and …

Changes to the H-1B lottery and New $10 Registration Fee

WASHINGTON—On November 7, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system. The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work …

Listen to our Podcast on Strategies for Responding to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) from USCIS

Join Beverly Hills immigration attorneys, Jennifer Grady, Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq. as they share tips and insight into how to prepare a winning RFE response that will stand out and position your application for an approval. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new data confirming that employment-based immigration applications have seen a sharp increase …