News Updates

New SEVP Policy Regarding Online Education for F-1 Student

July 7, 2020 Larrabee

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program Announces Changes to Online Education Policy for Foreign Students As many U.S. schools and universities are struggling to determine how to safely and effectively educate students in light of the global pandemic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced changes...

Furlough Notices Issued to 13,700 USCIS Employees

July 2, 2020 Larrabee

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued furlough notices to 13,700 of its 20,000 employees, potentially putting as much as 73% of USCIS staff our of work temporarily. The furlough will go into effect on August 3, 2020 unless Congress and the President take...

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry on Nonimmigrant Visas

June 22, 2020 Larrabee

Today President Trump issued an Executive Order "Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak" WHEN DOES THE ORDER TAKE EFFECT?   The Order will become effective on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:01 Eastern Daylight Time.      HOW LONG WILL THE...

USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

Larrabee

On March 20, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month as follows: June 1st:  All...

Reminder, New I-9 Form Required May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020 Larrabee

Reminder: Use of New I-9 Form Now Required I-9 Version dated 10/21/2019 Now Required Effective today, May 1, 2020, employers must use the newest version (dated 10/21/2019) of the  Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for all new hires, and for Section 3 re-verifications of existing employees.   The grace period...

USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

April 24, 2020 Larrabee

USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Today USCIS announced it is readying offices...

Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Entry of Immigrants

April 23, 2020 Larrabee

Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspending Entry on Immigrant Visas for 60 Days Following a Tweet late Monday night indicating he would temporarily suspend immigration into the United States, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 President Trump issued an Executive Order:  Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk...