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On March 20, 2020, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments announced their collaboration in restricting non-essential travel across their shared borders. On April 20, 2020, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an extension of these restrictions.   The U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders will continue to […]

Recently U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an alert related to the timely filing of petitions and applications to extend or change status, without explicitly confirming whether the COVID-19 pandemic will result in flexibility of filing deadlines. USCIS indicates that they “recognize that there are immigration-related challenges,” that they […]

A. Evolving U.S. Immigration Practice and Strategies to the COVID-19 Pandemic U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world suspended nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing, generally remaining open only for emergency U.S. Citizen Services. Visa applicants outside of the United States may expect to wait months and possibly until this pandemic […]

On Friday, March 27, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency had completed the random numeric selection process (lottery) for allocating H-1B numbers among the properly submitted registrations under both the H-1B Regular Cap and H-1B Master’s Cap. USCIS has begun the process of notifying those […]