Immigration Solutions

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

From USCIS.gov on 5/29/20: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 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. Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for: … Read more

The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act of 2020

What is The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act of 2020? The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, or S.3599, is a bipartisan bill that would respond to the healthcare worker shortage in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused employment-based visas and using them to expedite processing for immigrant doctors and nurses. The … Read more

Executive Order Immigration – COVID-19

SUSPENSION OF ENTRY OF IMMIGRANTS WHO PRESENT A RISK TO THE UNITED STATES LABOR MARKET DURING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOLLOWING THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans. … Read more

H-1B Visas for Search Marketing Strategists / SEO Positions and a victory for the Specialty Occupation

A recent US District Court Case provided a victory for H-1B Visa Employers, Employees, and Practitioners. The March 6, 2020 decision in 3Q Digital v USCIS Judge Lamberth ordered USCIS to reopen the case and approve the H-1B petition. There are a few points of interest: The H-1B Visa Petition Job Title was Search Engine … Read more

Computer Systems Analyst denial overturned – Is found to be a Specialty Occupation

In TAYLOR MADE SOFTWARE, INC. vs KENNETH T. CUCCINELLI, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the US District Court of the District of Columbia found that USCIS improperly denied an H-1 B Petition for the position of Computer Systems Analyst based on USCIS using an incorrect interpretation of the Specialty Occupation definition. For the purposes of the … Read more

USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it adopted measures to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). This alert clarifies that this flexibility also applies to certain Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) and … Read more

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

From uscis.gov – 3/20/20 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Effective today, March 20, 2020, USCIS will not accept any new requests for premium processing. USCIS will process … Read more

U.S. suspending visa services worldwide due to coronavirus – State Department

3/19/2020 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is suspending all routine visa services as of Wednesday in most countries worldwide due to the coronavirus outbreak, a spokeswoman for the State Department said, an unprecedented move that will potentially impact hundreds of thousands of people. The Department did not say which or how many countries … Read more

H-1B Visa – Employer / Employee relationship no longer enforcable by USCIS!!

On March 10, 2020, in the court case ITServe Alliance v. L. Francis Cissna, D.C. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer invalidated USCIS memos regarding the employer / employee relationship: CIS issued a 2010 Guidance Memorandum (CIS 2010 Guidance Memo), also referred to as the Neufeld Memo, from which comes a new employer-employee relationship set … Read more