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  • Biden Administration Rescinds Buy American Hire American Executive Order & 2017 Computer Programmer Memo

    President Biden signed an executive order which essentially revoked former President Trump’s Buy American Hire American (BAHA) executive order, as well as the 2017 Computer Programmer Memo. President Trump signed the BAHA executive order on April 18, 2017. The order claimed to increase wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and directed agencies to issue rules […]

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  • USCIS Issues Updated Guidance Regarding the Educational Requirements for Naturalization

    On February 22, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. Specifically, USCIS announced it will be reverting to the 2008 naturalization civics test starting March 1, 2021, thereby eliminating the revised naturalization civics test that was implemented on December 1, 2020 (“2020 civics test”).   […]

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  • USCIS Announces another Extension of Flexibility for Responses to Agency Requests

    On January 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), once again, extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain agency requests. Specifically, USCIS is granting applicants, petitioners, and requestors an additional sixty days to submit their responses to the following: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to […]

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  • DHS Announces Upcoming H-1B Lottery Season & Delays Effective Date of the H-1B Selection Final Rule

    Last week, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap registration process for the upcoming H-1B lottery season will open on March 9, 2021 and will close on March 25, 2021. USCIS will notify selected registrants by March 31, 2021 that they have been selected and petitions may be filed for the selected beneficiaries between April 1 […]

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  • USCIS will Replace the Sticker Issued to Permanent Residents Extending the Validity of their Green Cards

    Starting this January, USCIS will be replacing the sticker issued to lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”) to extend the validity of their Green Card with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action.  When a LPR’s Green Card expires or is about to expire, they must file a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Previously, […]

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  • Things to Consider when Attending Interviews with USCIS in the wake of COVID-19

    The outbreak of the coronavirus has presented several challenges for applicants seeking to enter U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices for interviews. For instance, it has become a norm for USCIS to reschedule interviews if any party physically present at an interview states they have traveled outside the U.S. in the last 14 days. […]

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  • L-1 Qualifying Employment

    The L-1 (“intracompany transferee”) classification is utilized by employers to transfer executives, managers, and specialized knowledge employees to the United States from an affiliated office abroad. To qualify, there are requirements that must be satisfied by both the petitioning employer and foreign employee. Employee Requirements To qualify for L-1 status, an employee must: Have been […]

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  • L-1 Affiliation Requirement

    The L-1 (“intracompany transferee”) classification is utilized by employers to transfer executives, managers, and specialized knowledge employees to the United States from an affiliated office abroad. To qualify, there are requirements that must be satisfied by both the petitioning employer and foreign employee. Employer requirements include:  Must be doing business as an employer in the […]

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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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  • Federal Court Judge Reinstates DACA Program

    On December 4, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis issued an order requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program is an Obama-era initiative that has allowed undocumented foreign nationals who came to the U.S. as children to stay in the country and work legally. Under the […]

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