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Beginning on June 4, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to reopen and resume certain non-emergency, public services which were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 18, USCIS has suspended routine, in-person services at field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs), which are now being reopened on an office-by-office basis. Individuals can check that […]

On Friday, May 29th, President Trump issued a proclamation restricting the admission of certain Chinese graduate students and researchers to the United States, effective June 1st.   Validity Period  This proclamation was issued with indefinite validity, remaining in effect until affirmatively terminated by the President.    Scope of Restriction  The proclamation applies […]

On May 29, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume its premium processing service in phases over the next month. With premium processing, USCIS should respond within 15 days of receipt of certain I-129 and I-140 filings.  To request premium processing, there is an additional $1,440 premium processing filing fee. The premium processing service had been suspended since March 20, 2020 when USCIS announced the temporary suspension of its premium […]

On May 24, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation restricting travel to the United States by foreign nationals who have been physically present in Brazil within a fourteen (14) day period before travel to the United States. Although initially made effective on May 28, 2020, a May 25, 2020 amendment to this proclamation updated the effective date to May 26, 2020. […]