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  • Relaxation of Employer I-9 Compliance will end November 19, 2020

    Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers are required to complete Form I-9 for any individual they hire in the United States—including citizens and noncitizens. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on March 20, […]

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  • Delay in Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) & Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards

    Approximately 50,000 green cards and 75,000 employment authorization documents for approved cases have still not been printed as of July 16, 2020. Reasons for this reportedly vary from COVID-19 related delays, limited financial and personnel resources within USCIS, and current administration policies. In a statement dated July 21 by the USCIS Ombudsman, the agency states that it […]

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  • Immigration Updates from USCIS, CBP, DOS, and DOL due to COVID-19

    COVID-19 is having a vast impact on immigration operations across all government agencies. To help navigate these challenges, Berardi Immigration Law is providing a summary with the most recent updates from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor.  Updates from USCIS  Premium processing suspended […]

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  • Continued Delays in Employment Authorization Document Processing Times

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) processing times for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications continue to increase. EADs are relied upon by many categories of foreign nationals in order to lawfully work in the United States. The processing times vary by USCIS Service Center, in addition to the category in which the applicant is […]

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  • Proposed H-4 EAD Rescission

    One advantage of the H-1B visa is that immediate family members of the H-1B visa holder may apply for an H-4 visa, which will allow them to lawfully stay in the United States. What is more, the holder of an H-4 visa, who is seeking employment based on lawful permanent resident status, is eligible to […]

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  • Proposed Rule to Eliminate the H-4 EAD Program Delayed

    In 2015, the Obama administration created regulations extending eligibility for work authorization to H-4 dependent spouses. Currently, H-4 spouses are permitted to apply for employment authorization only if their H-1B spouse is (1) the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, or (2) has been granted H-1B status under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First […]

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  • Immigration Update: AOS Applicants to Experience Delays in Issuance of EAD & Advance Parole Cards

    If an individual is currently residing in the U.S. and qualifies for permanent resident status, a green card may be obtained without leaving the country. This process is called Adjustment of Status (AOS). Part of the AOS application process involves applying for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD or work permit) and a travel permit (Advance […]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions: DACA

    On September 5, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a gradual phase out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Over the next six months, DHS will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization. Q: Is there a grace period for DACA recipients with expiring EADs to make arrangements […]

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  • USCIS to Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

    USCIS announced last week that it will be redesigning the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a green card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features […]

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  • EAD Rule: Compelling Circumstances

    On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing its amended regulations regarding certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The government published its final rule regarding the proposed changes in November 2016. The final rule provides the text of the new and revised regulatory language as well as DHSs responses to […]

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