News Updates

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 9.22.2020

September 22, 2020 Larrabee

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

September 14, 2020 Larrabee

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

September 11, 2020 Larrabee

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

September 8, 2020 Larrabee

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

August 31, 2020 Larrabee

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

August 25, 2020 Larrabee

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...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 8.17.2020

August 17, 2020 Larrabee

HEADLINES   GAO Says Appointments of Wolf and Cuccinelli to Acting DHS Leadership[ Roles Were Invalid -- GAO concluded that the appointments of Chad Wolf (as DHS Acting Secretary) and Kenneth Cuccinelli (as Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary) were invalid. Please scroll...