Presidential Proclamations Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Extended

On December 31, 2020, President Trump issued a new proclamation extending to March 31, 2021, the application of the prior Proclamation 10014 (suspending entry of certain immigrants) and Proclamation 10052 (suspending entry of certain nonimmigrants) to protect the U.S. labor market.

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USCIS Issues Guidance on I-765 Employment Authorization Approval Notices for I-9 Verification amid COVID-19 Delays

Due to the extraordinary and unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency, the production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) has been delayed. USCIS issued new guidance on August 19, 2020, authorizing employees to use Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a notice date on or after December 1, 2019, through and including August 20, 2020, stating the approval of an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) as a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, List C #7 document.

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PERM Applications in the COVID-19 Era Difficult in an Uncertain Job Market

Employers who may be trying to proceed with PERM applications for foreign national workers are in an uphill battle. With layoffs, furloughs and unemployment at all time highs, the Department of Labor is on high alert for unsuspecting PERM employers who are trying to do the right thing under difficult circumstances.

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Making Sure Employees are Ready when Visa Interviews Resume: Tips for Consular Interviews in the New Normal

U.S. Consulates around the world are beginning to reopen and start scheduling visa appointments and it is critical for applicants to be well prepared for their interviews.  Recently, the Department of State revised its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), to include a new, heightened adjudication standard for blanket L-1 applications.

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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On June 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rescinded deadline extensions it had instituted on March 20 to help employers meet PERM requirements during the pandemic.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.

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