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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 […]

We previously reported how in March of 2020, the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) announced that documents presented by employees in connection with the Form I-9 can be reviewed remotely (e.g. via video link, fax, or e-mail, etc.) rather than in the employee’s physical presence under certain circumstances for employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due […]

On May 22, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a regulation extending its March 20, 2020 cross-border travel restriction until June 22, 2020. Further extensions are possible depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 20, 2020, the governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico announced joint initiatives to restrict non-essential cross-border […]

On March 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the suspension of certain foreign nationals traveling to the United States via land borders regardless of their nationality. The order effectuating the suspension stated that the primary purpose was to mitigate “[t]he danger to the public health that results from the introduction of […]