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Beginning on March 20, 2020, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments announced their collaboration in restricting non-essential travel across their shared land borders. These restrictions were subsequently extended multiple times, most recently on November 23, 2020. On December 22, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yet another extension […]

Click here to view January 2021 Visa Bulletin. On Wednesday, December 23, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for January 2021.   The January Visa Bulletin reveals some forward movement in Final Action Dates across most categories for individuals born in China (PRC) and India. Final Action Dates continue to remain current for those born outside […]

Foster first reported in March of 2020 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was providing flexibility to employers in completing the Form I-9, allowing employee documents presented in connection with the Form I-9 review process to be examined remotely (e.g., via video link, fax, or e-mail, etc.) rather than in the employee’s physical presence. This was permitted under certain circumstances for employers with employees […]

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently confirmed the agency is still experiencing delays of several weeks in issuing receipt notices for petitions and applications filed with its “lockbox” centers due to COVID-19 protocols and increased filings.  USCIS contracts with third parties to receive various filings at these lockbox locations, and these contractors are responsible for collecting filing fees on […]