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  • PERM Update: Processing Times and Employer Audits Have Increased in the Wake of COVID-19

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a strain on U.S. employers and the foreign workers they hire. Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) processing times have increased, and employers are seeing a sudden uptick in audits by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The PERM process is the first step of the green card process for foreign […]

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  • Breaking News: International Travelers will need to Receive a Negative COVID-19 test before flying to the U.S.

    International airline travelers planning a trip to the U.S. should be prepared to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding their flights. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to issue an order mandating inbound international airline travelers to present proof of their negative Covid-19 test by next week. This […]

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  • Top Items on President-Elect Biden’s Immigration To-Do List in 2021

    President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to make several changes regarding U.S. immigration, many of which seek to reverse President Trump’s previous initiatives while in office. Specifically, Biden plans to:  “Take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage and reclaim America’s values;” “Modernize America’s immigration system;” “Welcome immigrants in our communities;” “Reassert America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and […]

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  • Changes to US & Canadian Immigration in 2021

    Our Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi, recently wrote about changes to US and Canadian immigration in The Lawyer’s Daily: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for employment-based immigration will primarily focus on reversing what President Donald Trump has done since 2017. This includes turning back all of Trump’s executive actions restricting travel, limiting green cards and guest […]

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  • DHS will Publish Final Rule Modifying the H-1B Cap Selection Process

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule, Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H1B Petitions, on January 8, 2021, amending its regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B registrations for the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. Specifically, this rule will direct […]

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  • President Trump Extends Immigrant & Nonimmigrant Visa Bans to March 31

    On December 31, 2020, the Trump Administration issued a presidential proclamation, Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market, extending the ban of entry for certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as provided for in the April 22, 2020 and June 22, 2020 proclamations.   President Trump’s […]

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  • Canada will require all Air Travelers to show proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Results Prior to Entry

    Starting January 7, 2021, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to show proof of negative test results for COVID-19 before traveling into Canada. Air travelers will be required to show documentation of a negative laboratory test to the airline they travel prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The […]

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  • DHS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility an Additional 30 Days

    On December 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a 30-day extension of the flexibility related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, compliance.  Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the U.S. All U.S. employers are […]

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  • USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responses to Agency Requests due to Coronavirus Outbreak

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, USCIS announced it would give certain applicants, petitioners, and requestors more time to respond to certain agency requests and notices. Specifically, USCIS granted applicants, petitioners, […]

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  • USCIS Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Six Countries

    On December 7, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Federal Register notice extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. TPS-related documentation includes Employment Authorization Documents (EADs); Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.  […]

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