News Updates

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.28.2020

22:45 28 September in News Updates
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HEADLINES   October Visa Bulletin Shows Major Movement in Employment-Based Cases; USCIS Applies Filing Date Rather Than Final Action Date to Certain Adjustment Applications- USCIS issued guidance the same day stating that the Filing Date, rather than the Final Action Date, applies to employment-based I-485 adjustment...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.22.2020

19:15 22 September in News Updates
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HEADLINES   1.  DV-2020 Applicants Cannot Be Denied Visas Under COVID Guidance, Court Says - The order states that the government must undertake "good-faith efforts" to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa and derivative beneficiary applications and issue or reissue diversity and derivative beneficiary visas to...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.14.2020

22:23 14 September in News Updates
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HEADLINES    1. U.S. Revokes More Than 1,000 Visas for Chinese Students, Researchers - The revocations appear to result from President Trump's proclamation in May 2020 suspending the entry of certain students and researchers from China. 2.  When Is a Furlough Not a Furlough? - Despite USCIS backing...

Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington

18:50 11 September in News Updates
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The LAC family sends our thoughts and support to our colleagues, clients, family and friends through the West Coast who are facing evacuations due to unprecedented wildfires throughout the region. We also join the nation in remembering the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and honoring...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.08.2020

17:56 08 September in News Updates
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HEADLINES   DHS Sends H-1B, Work Authorization Rules to OMB for Review Before Publication - DHS has sent several rules to OMB for final review, including an interim final rule to redefine what constitutes an H-1B specialty occupation and an employer-employee relationship, and a proposed...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.31.2020

20:05 31 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES   1.  USCIS Cancels Planned Furloughs But Predicts Further Backlogs and Slowdowns; House Passes Related Bill - Just five days before furloughs were set to begin for more than 13,000 USCIS employees, the agency announced that it was canceling those plans. However, USCIS said backlogs and...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.25.2020

15:25 25 August in News Updates
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HEADLINES 1. Breaking News:  USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a...