Tag Archives: Immigration

Presidential Proclamation Suspends Entry of Nonimmigrants, Effective June 24

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation to both suspend and limit the entry of certain nonimmigrant visa holders into the United States effective June 24, 2020, through December 31, 2020, based upon the current loss of jobs and unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DOL Rescinds Extensions to Meet PERM Deadlines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On June 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rescinded deadline extensions it had instituted on March 20 to help employers meet PERM requirements during the pandemic. Unfortunately, employers sponsoring foreign national employees for PERM labor certification-based green cards will for now receive no further accommodations from the DOL during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Susanne Heubel, please visit the Duane Morris Immigration Law Blog.

USCIS Premium Processing, Suspended for COVID-19, Returns for Nonimmigrant and Worker Visa Petitions

On May 29, 2020, USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant workers and Form I-140 immigrant visa petitions in phases over the next month. USCIS had suspended premium processing on March 20, 2020, partially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Resumption of In-Person Operations for USCIS in June

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to reopen its offices on or after June 4, 2020.  The USCIS temporarily suspended its in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus .  USCIS field offices will send notices by mail to applicants and petitioners with rescheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the temporary closure.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Teodora Purcell, please visit the Duane Morris Immigration Law Blog.

Eligibility to Enter Vietnam During COVID-19 Emergency

Currently the Government of Vietnam still maintains suspension of entry for expats, including people with a Vietnamese visa exemption certificate.  A potential date to allow foreigners to enter Vietnam again has not been formally announced by the Government yet, though further information is expected imminently.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Giles Cooper,  please visit the Duane Morris Vietnam Blog.

Recent USCIS, DHS, DOS and DOL Changes in Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, several governmental entities have recently made further updates to their policies and operations. Last week, USCIS announced that for certain types of requests for evidence and notices (such as Notices of Intent to Deny or Revoke) as well as appeals issued between March 1 and July 1, 2020, inclusive, USCIS will consider responses received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action. In regard to the I-9 process, the Department of Homeland Security announced that, beginning May 1, 2020, Form I-9 List B identity documents set to expire on or after March 1, 2020, and not otherwise extended by the issuing authority, may be treated the same as if the employee presented a valid receipt for an acceptable document for Form I-9 purposes.

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President Announces the Drafting of an Order to Temporarily Suspend Legal Permanent Immigration to the United States in Reaction to COVID-19 Pandemic

President Trump announced at an April 21 press conference that he would sign an executive order temporarily suspending certain individuals seeking permanent resident (green card) status in the United States. The president is expected to sign the suspension order this week, and its scope appears to be limited only to green card applicants at this time.

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Determining Immigrants’ Tax Status under the CARES Act

The CARES Act of March 27, 2020, provides $2 trillion in direct financial assistance, including paid leave, unemployment insurance benefits, and rebates to eligible individuals. Immigrants and foreign nationals in the United States may be eligible for some or all of these benefit, depending on the circumstances.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Teodora Purcell,  please visit the Duane Morris Immigration Law Blog.

USCIS Announces I-9 and E-Verify Timing Waivers and Modifications in the wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 social distancing directives, State and Federal agency closures and remote work requirements have made it impossible for employers to comply with the normal I-9 and E-Verify regulations on timing and review of employee documents. To address these concerns, USCIS has announced several measures to extend time frames and loosen its normally strict requirements.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Valentine Brown, please visit the Duane Morris Immigration Blog.

Travel Bans and Restrictions in South Africa, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, Australia and Ireland

New travel bans and restrictions have been announced in South Africa, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, Australia and Ireland. Please use the links below to read the details from partner Jet Stigter on the Duane Morris Immigration Blog.

South Africa Bans Tourists and Implements Immigration Procedures for those Unable to Leave the Country in wake of COVID-19

Switzerland Responds to COVID-19; Travel Restrictions and Immigration Processing Limitations

Luxembourg COVID-19 Travel Ban and Entry Restrictions

Costa Rica Closed to Visitors until April 12; More Immigration Delays in wake of COVID-19

Australia Announces Unprecedented Travel Ban for Citizens and Permanent Residents in the wake of Covid-19

Ireland: Immigration Authorities Respond to COVID-19